OK, I’m a day early, but what’s a day amongst friends? Summer starts tomorrow in the northern hemisphere, bringing an end to a spring with gardens in my part of the world bursting with more colour that normal (it seemed), more ravenous insects than normal (it seemed – lookin’ at you, aphids and Gypsy Moth larvae!), dryer than normal (a fact, although the garden so far hasn’t minded much) and cooler than normal (also a fact, although I haven’t minded that at all!). I think for me, one of the most thrilling things in my garden this spring has been the birds. Robins, in particular, have become less and less afraid of me and have hung around a lot, building nests really close to the house, eating bugs and worms, waking me with their song around 4:00 every morning (and then, mysteriously, going silent around 5, as the sky starts to lighten). I’ve also enjoyed hearing geese, swans and loons as they pass overhead, and I’ve been enthralled and a bit afraid of the three humongous wild turkeys that have been passing through the yard recently. Anyway. It’s time for Six on Saturday – six things happening in your garden right now, a theme started by the Propagator, where you can find scads of other Sixes from around the world.
Before I go – just wanted to share a couple bird shots. I’m not a good bird photographer. At all! But I did mention robins and wild turkeys so thought I’d share. On Friday I posted a few pictures of my Clematis texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ blooming a lot earlier than normal. Yesterday I realized a pair of robins have started to build a nest in the middle of the thick vines covering the tutoir. And on Friday morning, while I was in the middle of a video meeting, I looked out the window to see the three turkeys calmly strolling across the yard. I wish you all happy strolling this weekend!