Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More Visitors!

Oh, I love it when I get animal visitors to the yard!  This Gopher Tortoise is an especially welcome friend.  Now, I didn't flip it over to see if it was a him or a her, so I'll just call this one a "him".  

He didn't really move much, so I only photographed the one pose, but here he is a little bit closer.  If you ever come across one of these, please don't try to put it toward water.  These are land tortoises and they live in the scrubby, dry areas like the pine flatwoods.  Anyway, they rarely drink water, getting their water needs from plants.  I sometimes see them on the road somewhere and I do try to put them on the other side of the road in the direction they were heading.  And with the crazy traffic in south Florida, that is a considerable feat!  So, please - you, know - be careful out there!  

This is a shot of the Gopher Tortoise that visited my yard where we used to live.  He was eating lunch, but looked like he stuck his tongue out at me! 

While I was getting the Tortoise pics out of my reptile file, I came across this sweet little anole and just thought I'd add it here, since this is a short post.  He was so itty, bitty hopping through the grass.  I love his "smile"!  And while I'm not happy that he's one of the invasive brown ones, I still have to smile at his expression.

Found this cute little ladybug visitor on one of the red salvias.  I always welcome these beneficial friends to the yard.

 I hope you're out enjoying this glorious spring weather!  

Love, Light and Peace ☮

Friday, April 14, 2017

Just Like the White Winged Dove

You know I've got that Stevie Nicks song in my head!  We've been seeing this lone white winged dove in the backyard lately.  Every time I see it - BAM - Stevie pops in.  Luckily, I happen to like that song.  Here's the first verse, so you can sing along too:

     Just like the white winged dove
     Sings a song
     Sounds like she's singing
     Ooo, ooo, ooo
     Just like the white winged dove
     Sings a song
     Sounds like she's singing
     Ooo, baby, ooo said ooo

Heheheh, sorry about that.  This guy - what a goof!  

This phal is in the process of opening.  Yay!

Sweet little red vinca.  Can you tell I don't have a lot going on in the garden...

Well, I hope you didn't miss the full moon a couple of nights ago.  It was spectacular!  No worries though, you can catch next months full moon on May 10th.  And it's the Flower moon!  See you there!

Friday, March 31, 2017

A New Visitor

Last month, this big pigeon landed out by the garage.  He was absolutely HUGE - well, at least I thought he was.  I don't think I've ever seen a pigeon in Florida and certainly not close up.  

Anyway, I didn't notice until I looked at the photos today, that he had a leg band.  The first three letters are FMI, so I looked it up and apparently he belongs to a member of the American Racing Pigeon Union, Fort Myers chapter.  Huh?  People still race pigeons?  I mean, there's just a club for everything - ha!  

He appeared to be in good health.  He was back the next day and then I didn't see him again.  I looked in the woods to see if maybe he was wandering around and couldn't fly, but luckily, he had left. He really did have pretty slate blue colors.

When I was out in the woods, I came to this clearing.  I haven't seen this before, but it certainly looks deliberate.

Ooooh - a circle!  I'm imagining a bonfire, dancers swaying around, magic in the air!  Yup, my mind starts running away, haha.  But, it was a curious find.  It doesn't look like it's been disturbed for quite awhile.  And, I do love a mystery!

This is such a BAD photo, but as I was standing there this eagle very silently flew out of the woods.  I hadn't seen him there and I always try to move quietly so not to alarm any wildlife.  I must have disturbed him.  I was pleasantly surprised to see this guy take off.  Unfortunately, I didn't get very good pics.

Here's an older photo of an eagle I took, just because I'm so embarrassed of the previous shot.  They truly are magnificent birds!

Our entire neighborhood has been permeated with the intoxicating fragrance of orange blossoms for the last couple of months.  It comes on in the evening and it's especially glorious if it's a little humid.

My peace lily had become infested and I wasn't sure if she was going to come around, but hurray - she did!  She now has three blooms and I put her in a new location out front where I think she has better conditions.  

So, I've been away from blogging for awhile.  Have I been to the Funny Farm, you ask?  Well, if my art studio is the F. F., then, yes - that's where I've been.  I've been making some little 6 x 6 canvases with garden themes.  (Which is the only reason I'm bringing it up here on this garden blog - just this one time - probably)  Anyway, they're going up in my rather neglected Etsy shop BackyardJungleArt to give it a little spark of life.  (The copyright is only on the photos, not on the paintings.)  The gallery edges are painted, so they're ready to hang right out of the box.  

I have a grey-haired gardener series going, some with an earthy vibe which I kind of belong to.

And some with a more traditional, English style garden look.

And then there's some that aren't grey-haired, like this young chicky-boom in the greenhouse.  Can you tell I'm feeling my 50 years!  :)

And then there's some that you just can't tell how old they are...wow, I'm really not that obsessed with age.  I guess I'm just saying that there's different age gardeners in all of my gardening series.  

So, I'll be returning to regular gardening blog topics next time.  I have an art blog where I update current projects at Backyard Jungle Art

I hope you're all out there doing something that you love to do!

Peace All

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Little Garden

I came across this cute little poem the other day when I was making some altered rolodex cards for an art trade.  I think it pretty much describes every garden I've ever had and very much describes my style of gardening  :)

When I took this photo of the Tillandsias the other day, I hadn't noticed the brown anole sitting in it.  He's kind of cute sitting there, just hanging out.

I've got three new bloom spikes on the Basket O' Orchids!  Hurray!  I'm quite surprised as the orchids haven't been looking very good since the move.  I only brought two vandas and this basket of several phals with me from the previous house.  The rest were on trees and I didn't want to move them.  Anyway, I'm always excited when the orchids bloom.

I was watching this Red Shouldered Hawk out in the woods behind the house.  He swooped down and brought this black racer up for lunch.  I couldn't get very good photos as he was quite far away and it was dark.  And I'm not sure it's a photo series anyone would be interested in seeing.   I don't usually photograph any predator/prey that I see.  Luckily, I don't see it a lot.  

Well, here's some cheery pink flowers to brighten your day!  Aren't they adorable? 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Planting of 2017

Hello 2017!  Last night I scarified and soaked these big beautiful Nasturtium seeds so I could plant them up today, the first day of the year.  

Last year was a jumbly sort of gardening year with the move and all, so I'm trying to start out right this year and garden with lots of LOVE.  And that means getting back to talking to my plants, meditating in the garden and sending out all the good vibes I can to help my plant friends and allies.  And that ends up helping me and all the garden visitors too.

Wishing you all peace and joy, kindness, love and healing in this New Year!   

Saturday, December 24, 2016

It's that time of Year!

Just stopping in to say I hope everyone is having a lovely Holiday season!  

I hope I'll be a bit better blogger in the New Year - I've been having a small vacation from being on line lately.  Something I must do from time to time, I've found  :)

Wishing you many Blessings!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Butterfly Friends

I've got two Gulf Fritillary butterflies that have been visiting the Pentas lately.

This shows the underside, which I think is so pretty.  I've decided to name these two Gully and Fritz.

I was really happy when this Monarch showed up the other day.  And yes, he's been named too - Monty.  (perhaps I don't have enough to occupy my mind, I name everything, haha)

Here's a pic of them playing nice together on the same plant.  There's enough for everybody!

I've also got a Giant Yellow Swallowtail that visits almost every day.  I've named her Swishy, because she never seems to stop beating her wings.  This shot I took at our previous place.  I haven't been able to get photos of Swishy yet...just movin' too fast!

We have a lot of White Peacocks like this one above.  I also see quite a few Yellow Sulphur butterflies.  

The one I haven't seen yet in our new yard, is our state butterfly the Zebra Longwing.  

So, I'd better get busy and plant some of their host plants (Passiflora incarnata) if I want to increase the odds of having them visit!  

Hope you all have a wonderful Turkey Day!  And if you don't recognize Thanksgiving where you live, I hope you have a wonderful day as well!