First hummer of the season! Yay! They’re still not really here, I’ve seen two at the most. We’ve had a few Canada Geese spending time at the pond. Katie has given up trying to chase them off, they just swim out of reach and honk at her.I have my kitchen herb garden going with all the usual suspects: Basil, thyme. chives, parsley, oregano, and rosemary. I have two cherry tomatoes going, and an assortment of hot peppers.We’ve managed to get a dozen tomato vines in the ground with the cages up and everything mulched.
It got cold enough the other night to freeze the little bird bath thing. Bonus! – Homer in the window keeping an eye on me. It’s a good thing my container garden, so far, isn’t any larger, it just barely fits onto the cart. I wheel it into the garage for the night.I noticed a spike in my view count at Flickr, Buzzfeed linked to one of my photos and I blew right through 3 million total views while we were eating dinner. I had hoped to get a screenshot of the stat page right at 3,000,000 but I missed it:Here are a couple of Chicago style hot dogs. I was surprised how good they are. Everything on there adds something to the experience. I have no idea why the bright green relish became standard on these things. [Note to self: remember the celery salt next time]We’ve looked hard at this photo from the trail camera we keep down by the back pond and I think it is an albino raccoon. I could be mistaken. There is a hint of color on the tail and there is probably a term other than “albino” that better describes what it is but I’m not going to look for it.
We have 6 inches of snow on the ground this morning and Miss Bitsy was not really eager to check it out, though she finally made her way out the door. It didn’t take her very long to look at it. Here she is requesting readmittance.Homer has more experience with snow and is fairly content to remain on this side of the window. Toby hasn’t bothered to come from under the bed.
I was out this morning watering the patio flowers and noticed this hummingbird moth flitting about. I dropped the hose and ran in for my camera and spent a few minutes chasing him around the patio as he went from flower to flower. Little bugger never held still for more that a second and he was hard to capture in focus.
I think I get nearly as much satisfaction capturing this fellow as I do snapping photos of the praying mantises.
We had a scare from a horde of aphids that swarmed our tomato mascot, but a thorough drenching with some bug juice seemed to handle them OK. We skated by with some leaf damage but nothing worse, and we hope the little fellow can pull himself back together. Pretty good load of tiny green tomatoes coming along.
And we’ve already had a harvest! Behold the fruit of our labors:
Yay! Some flowers on the container cherry tomato plant.
All of the container plantings are doing pretty well so far, with the exception of the two sweet basil plants that took a beating in a hail storm a while back.
The two containers in the front are the “Tam” variety jalapenos-they are supposed to be without heat. I love the flavor of jalapenos and can abide some heat but Mrs J is seriously averse to the first hint of burning lips and I hope that these will provide the flavor and still be acceptable to her. Just beyond the peppers are the two sweet basils that are bruised and battered. I’ve pinched off most of the affected leaves. Next is the tomato, and beyond it are some oregano, thyme, rosemary, two kinds of parsley, and to the side are some chives with purple blooms.
The landscaping around the new concrete is finished-for the most part, I’m sure I’ll be dragging rocks up from the creek for a while yet. We’ve plugged in several different kinds of ground cover that haven’t really taken off yet but we hope they will take hold and soften the stones a little bit.
Mrs J just got finished with the shaded spot under the cedar tree in the back, there. Hostas and New Guinea impatiens in that one.
Here’s a turtle for you: