September 5, 2019
My plan this morning was to clean garlic. There were about 150 bulbs that I wanted to get done. I figured it would take me about an hour to complete this task so I also took some time to enjoy the day. Would you like to join me?
As I walked past the garden I was greeted by this sunflower. I wonder, is it possible to look at a sunflower and not smile? As you can tell I was not the only one happy to see this flower. The honey bees were all over it.
This was the view from were I was working. Nothing but blue sky and sunshine this morning.
While walking through the prayer garden I discovered that the honey bees were also foraging the anise hyssop. This is a recent addition to the prayer garden and was largely added for the benefit of the bees. I only see one bee in this picture, but I assure you there were more that the camera did not capture.
My husband discovered that bees like this plant while working at his landscaping job. They had to go to a greenhouse to purchase some anise hyssop plants for a job they were doing, and he said the bees were all over the plants. A couple weeks later he took me to that greenhouse to purchase some for our farm.
Another visitor to the prayer garden this morning was this Hummingbird, searching for nectar in the hanging plants.
It is a bit camouflaged by the green plants in the background. Do you see it just left of center?
It is now to the right of this basket.
In recent weeks we have seen the return of an annual visitor. For at least the past 5 years we have seen this bird (or one like it) in and around our pond in the late summer. I am assuming it is the same bird and although we usually see just one at a time on rare occasions we will see two.
Since it was not a bird I was familiar with and was unable to positively identify it through our bird books or internet searches, in 2016 I turned to my blog readers for help through this post. While the answer did not come through the post comments, I learned that our bird was a Green Herron.
He or she is a quiet bird and blends well into the grasses that surround the pond.
Can you believe this is the same bird? It’s appearance certainly changes as it makes a quick getaway.
Before noon I return to the house with that batch of garlic cleaned.
September 6, 2019
Though there was rain in the forecast I was hopeful it would hold off and I could finish up cleaning the last batch (about 100 bulbs) of garlic.
The sky was gray and the sun was hidden. Before getting started I took in some of the surroundings.
Maple leaves are indicating that Fall is not far off.
Squirrels have been collecting nuts.
This sunflower with a fancy hairdo.
The Norway Spruce that is loaded with pinecones.
With the threat of rain it was not a good morning for cleaning garlic so my plan B was to work in the prayer garden.
As I brought out my garden tools the rain began.
Perhaps plan C, canning tomatoes, is a better job for today.
Thanks for joining me. Are you seeing signs of Fall in your area?