What kind of a bird makes a nest of twigs like this?
Or do you think it's a squirrel?
I have not been out on the deck for the past 4 days so I don't know what has decided to make this bird house its home.
Maybe I will have more time this weekend to sit out there and see what it is.
We had a great time at the magic show. I am still trying to figure out how he made an audience member's watch appear in a box that was sitting in the corner of the stage (right by me) and he never touched the box. Amazing illusions!
As we pulled into the driveway on Sunday, we were hit with this bold splash of color. Luckily I took a picture....
because look at them after the last three days of rain!
Except for that one moment of picture taking, I didn't get to enjoy them at all.
It's a good thing I have plenty of poppies in other gardens that are just beginning to open. I really like the poppies combined with allium.
See how the poppy has that same bit of purple in it's throat?
The spring phlox is also nice with the poppies. Purple is a perfect complement to the vivid orange of poppies. Both the poppies and the spring phlox are really weeds in my garden. They pop up everywhere even though I never let them seed. I must move other flowers and get a little root section of the poppies because they are in places I never planted them. I spend half of the gardening season trying to get rid of most of them. I like them, but I only want them in certain places.
I was very surprised when I went out Sunday and found this lupine. A few years ago I tossed some seeds, but they never amounted to much. I noticed this one two years ago and have been making sure not to dig it up. It was just a tiny little plant (like 2 inches wide) that never bloomed....until this year........Wow!
The mosquitoes are terrible right now because we have had a lot of rain. I went outside to clean my paintbrush and got 4 big bites. (yes, I am still painting and probably will be for the rest of the summer). It's about impossible to work outside for more than 10 minutes. Although I hate the bugs, I would rather put up with the bites, than have a drought like we had last year.