ARGGH! I just pulled a tick off my thigh that had actually attached. Little bastards. I don’t hate much but I DO HATE TICKS.
Ticks and hatred aside, I just have to share a few pictures I took yesterday.
The Stroll Garden has really come into its own. I just love it this time of year, but it is pretty special in all seasons. Right now the ajuga in the path is going great guns, and it is fully supplied with a complement of bumblebees and honeybees.
See that little spot of red at the right edge of the picture? That is a clump of species tulips. Here’s a better angle on them.
That strawberry bed that we constructed a couple of years ago has really proved its worth. The raising keeps the strawberries from being too wet. We have had no botrytis mold since then, last year we harvested 7 gallons of strawberries and are hastening to finish them off before this year’s crop starts booming. Right now it is just blossoms, but we have put up the bird cage already.
I must remedy a deficiency. I have no pictures of the bird cage that is over the strawberries, and I must take care of that. Later.
Meanwhile, the wisteria is absolutely lush this year. I think it enjoyed the mild winter.
When you go out there at sunset, it absolutely roars with the humming of the carpenter bees, busy enjoying the nectar.
I should do a post specifically on these guys. They are so interesting. I love them, and love having them in my yard.
In other news, our bee “hive” swarmed a couple of days ago. We set up a lovely hive for them, but apparently they have found other digs. Maybe next year. I’m glad they are doing well enough that they needed to swarm, and goodness knows we have LOTS of bees around the yard pollinating everything.
We even got plums pollinated!
Good news abounds.