Squirly is back again

Squirly moves all around our yard and sometimes has a friend in tow.

He has to be careful so he does not get chased by the dogs or a cats. Then there are the hawks that always looking for a quick meal.

In this picture he was on the side deck pasture feeders.

Wildlife is threatened on a daily basis we all need to do our part to help it out.

Look outdoors and enjoy the show wildlife has to offer.

Polka Dots

I have always loved the look of Polka dots.

This little plant will give you a bang for your buck. It is sold as a house plant but does wonders outdoors in the sun or the shade. I had some come back 3 years in a row.

Hypoestes Splash is the formal name of this plant.

It comes in several colors but this is my favorite combination. I have some in a planter in the front and the backyard. I think the backyard one is going to get planted in a new flower bed. I bought a flat of it when I bought it.

Add a splash of color to your yard with the Polka Dot Plant.

Cottontail rabbit

We see quite a few rabbits in our pasture about 30 minutes before sunset.

This one made it up onto our side deck and let me take a few pics.

I think his name is Peter Cottontail because he was near the vegetable garden before he was on the deck.

I get so excited to see all the different wildlife around us and I try to capture it on camera when I can.

When wildlife flourishes all around you this makes everyday a perfect day.

Eastern Bluebird Fledgling

Yesterday I kept hearing a baby bird cry every time I went in the backyard.

I knew the bluebirds had been nesting but I could see them go into the birdhouse and leave. I thought my hearing might be off but a little while later I heard it was stronger so I knew there was a baby on the ground.

I went into the secret garden to check it out there it was in the hot sun on hot concrete stepping stones since I had my camera with me I grabbed a couple of pics. I knew I needed to move this little one from where it was at.

The first pic she looks like she has on a helmet. The second one is “are you my mother” I am screaming at you.

I had to get her into the shade but when I tried she landed into the tadpole pond. I got her out on a stick and placed it in the shade.

By this time I am being dive bombed by two eastern blue birds the little ones two parents. They head straight at you and you think they are going to hit you but at the last minute they go up and fly away.

I left it there went back later it was hidden in the bushes so once again I got it out placed it in the shade in the grass. More dive bombing by the parents.

The third time I went out it was the opposite side in the bushes ok the parents will never see it like this so I decided I need to figure something out. Here come the parents to keep me away once again.

I decided to feed it had been hours on the ground. I mixed up a messy watery batch of canned pate dog food. I placed in a syringe and fed the hungry little bird. He ate good but I knew I needed a solution for him hiding in the bushes.

It dawned on me to put a hanging basket with some grass and hang it up low and this worked for a few hours but she back out again.

I have been dive bombed about 4 times but all is good they are just protecting their baby.

She looks to have all her feathers but I think she is a few days off from flying. Now when she sees me she opens her mouth lol.

The Eastern Bluebirds had a hard time during our February freeze and we lost a lot of them. I just want to do my part to help build back up this population in our area.

Wildlife has a way of finding me and I feel the need to do my part to help it out when I can. I can not resist taking a few pictures along the way.

More blooms in our yard

Here are a few more blooms from our yard. We plant all colors of flowers but have more pinks and purples than anything else.

These first flowers are Petchoa it is a new cross between the Petunia and the Calibrochoa. Since I love both of these flowers I wanted to try this one out this year.

This planter is one my hypertufa one in the backyard I had made a few years ago using a exercise ball for the mold. Normally I plant petunias in it. So far the container has held up okay but I have learned a few things about making these planters to try next time. A tree limb fell on my one in the front yard and broke it.

The second flower is the Rose of Sharon also known as Althea. I love althea and this week will be going to the garden center to find a few more colors of this colorful bush. This Althea was shared with me by a twig with rooting solution and it has grown like crazy ever since. These blooms remind me of the Hibiscus.

The third flower is one of my favorites the Knock our Roses. They bloom like crazy in the spring and summer and if you want them to bloom more they love left over tea grinds. We save all our tea grinds for our acid loving plants.

Blooms in our yard

I will be doing several post about blooms in our yard.

This post is about the Day Lilies, Texas Trumpet Vine, and the Yellow Cana Lilies.

The Day Lilies were started from a few bulbs our youngest sons 4th. grade teacher Mrs. Oberg gave the class at the end of school.

The Texas Trumpet vine grows wild here and my husband drug this home from work about 6 or 7 years ago and now we have it several locations and it never lets me down. The hummers love the trumpet style flowers but it needs a place to crawl like a fence.

The Cana Lilies our daughter dug me some up from a rent house they were in about 9 years ago.

Flowers can brighten your day and put a smile on your face plus they add to the landscape of your yard no matter how big or small it is.

Our yard has a little splash of color at every turn.

Galvanized Planters

When looking for a different type of planter always look in the summer section at Walmart or Target to see what you can find.

A few years ago I found this summer drink container at Walmart for like $18.00 I loved that it was galvanized metal, rectangle in shape and somewhat deep. It has started to rust some on the inside but should be good for a few more years.

This container could be changed simply by painting it all one color or 3 colors. Even adding a stripe of fabric or burlap just use your imagination to come up with some different ideas.

I love to plant mixed containers this year I planted red caladiums and hosta together for a new mix. The contrasting difference between the colors really go well together. Normally I put 3 different things in a container but this one ended up with two. It is supposed to be thriller, spiller and filler when doing containers like this.

I love hostas but so do the snails and we seem to have a really good population of snails here at our house. My other hostas that are in the ground are snail snacks.

Have fun when planting your containers look for some unique containers to brighten up a seating area in your yard.

Life

Every time we turn around something in our world is changing.

As we get older we like changes less and less.

Our youngest daughter Jeanelle her husband David and their 4 kids just bought 25 acres near Livingston, Texas.

They will be putting their house on the market in the next six weeks and moving 1 1/2 hours away from us.

The good news is David will still be working in and around Houston so the kids can always hitch a ride to our house.

This is a dream of there’s to have a big piece of property for the kids to run around and explore. Making trails in the piney woods will be great fun for them. This is great for the dogs and the cows which are both in need of more room.

They have wanted a barndominium for a very long time and this is the chance to get one. Their bid was excepted on the land, the earnest money is paid the survey is happening this week. Hopefully they will do closing in the next 30days.

In case you are wondering what a barndominium is its a metal type building on a slab but the shapes vary and some look just like a house but are built out of metal.

As soon as the closing is completed they will get the well, septic and electricity installed before they head that direction.

They are on the waiting list to build a barndominium it seems there is a 12 week wait for them to start. This involves a deposit to hold it at the current price.

Our daughter suggested we move there. The housing market is very hot right now in our area so its a good time to sell.

We help out with my mother n law who is 92 years old so we can not move away from here full time. We share this responsibility with one of my brother n laws and sister n law. It works out good sharing this responsibility but there are 3 sons and only two sons and their wives are sharing this responsibility.

We have not ruled out building a weekend house I like the houses with lots of tall windows in the woods. I would have great places to photograph and there would be much more wildlife to see. I love winding paths in the woods with tall trees and nature right beside you.

Life is full of changes we learn to adapt, change and move forward.

Yellow crowned night heron

This is a juvenile female yellow – crowned night heron.

Normally it is the males I see but this female was hanging around yesterday morning.

When she posed on the dead tree stump I knew I needed my camera I went into the house and grabbed it lucky for me she was still there. I was able to get quite a few shots BUT the way the sun was they came out in silhouette form. I had to edit but they turned out quite nicely.

This was my favorite picture. I love her big eyes and her color.

The beauty of wildlife is all around me and I am blessed to get to photograph it.

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