From last year's journal...
As spring grew nearer and migration was in full swing, I worried that the summer tanager might not make it back this year. It is such a terribly long journey from central American. Then one day, not long after I saw the first hummingbird, I began to hear a bird's song that I knew well. It was several days before I actually saw the fine fellow high in a tree. Even though the male summer tanager is brightly colored, he is not easy to spot in thick foliage.
First sighting 2023...
The past several days have been quite cool ~ cool enough that we have had a fire in the stove, and I have been wearing a coat on the walk over the hill. However, one day I misjudged and wore too many layers, so I left the top one hanging on a tree. Millie and I had to double back on our way home to pick it up.
Even with the cooler temperatures, I have worked almost daily in the gardens. I enjoyed creating a small potting area in the space underneath the hummingbird feeders. The roof above provides a bit of protection from the sun for a few shade loving plants.
If I should choose a favorite perennial, Mirage, Cherry Red Salvia (Salvia greggil) would be high on my list. It is a long bloomer which attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It is hardy in Zones 7 - 9, so some years it doesn't survive the winter here. This year was one of them, but, fortunately, I was able to replace both the plants that were lost.
The clematis vines took a beating in our recent hailstorm, but have rebounded somewhat. Who doesn't love these early blooming beauties?
New calves are still being born almost every day. A few of the Mommas like to play hide and seek with us. The one in the picture took the game a bit too seriously we thought.
Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post. Friends are the best (even if they are far away)! Take care. Until next time...