Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Second Look--May 28, 2014

Are you one of those people who everything reminds them of a song? Or is that just me? A thunderstorm was kicking up as I sat down to write this and here is what I started to sing. (Luckily, I'm at home where I can sing as much and as loudly as I want.) 

The winds are blowing and the rain is falling, 
But joy is filling the air
Troubles and sorrows are gone forever,
But song abounds everywhere.

I was reminded of this song by the gusting winds, but I also see now that it has the perfect words to go with how I often feel when doing a Second Look. When I am stressed, I can forget about my troubles for a little while as I explore the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above (Oh no, another song crept in). I think it's time to stop singing and get to the business at hand.

Here are some things I saw this week during
a Second Look.

The Siberian iris around our wellhead are in bloom.

Different bearded iris are also blooming.

The peach tree didn't have many blooms this year, but there are a few peaches starting to form.

The purple sage are in full bloom.

Little blossoms that fell from the holly tree above.


You can see the blue feathers are starting to form on the baby bluebirds. It won't be long now before they leave the nest.

You can see how much the birds have changed in less than two weeks.


  1. Much to my children's chagrin, yes, I do have a song for almost every occasion. :)

    We have new baby robins. It's amazing how quickly they grow, isn't it? And apparently we also have purple sage and cranesbill and I just didn't know what their names were!

    1. Watching these birds grow is a lot of fun. However, the bluebird parents are very protective and I am a little scared every time I open the box to look at them. I have gotten dive bombed in several times from them. I have to started to look at them near dusk, when all of the birds seem quiet. So far, I've been safe at that time.

    2. This may sound crazy, but I swear that the mama robin "escorts" my car out of the driveway and away from her babies!

    3. I totally believe that she does that.

  2. Living in musical production is sometimes how I feel about my days.

    The iris are beautiful. I keep trying, but it's a battle with the slugs. Apparently iris are delicious to slugs. We have a plant that looks a lot like your cranesbill, only ours has bright pink blossoms. It's called Bigroot Geranium around here. It really attracts the bees, and is very fragrant.

    1. Have you tried a lid of beer at night for the slugs? They supposedly crawl in and and drown. Eggshells are supposed to work also. I have had some success with both.

      As far as the cranesbill, I'm not sure that it's the same as a Bigroot geranium because it is not that fragrant. However, it is in the geranium family. I'll have to look around for some Bigroots because that sounds like something I would like.

  3. Onward bindweed soldiers
    Marching as to war...

    Who me? A song for every occasion? :-)

    Your iris look so beautiful! Some of mine do really well, and others... not so much. I still haven't figured out what the deal is... maybe not enough sun? Not enough water? Need to be thinned? I'm thinking of digging out the ones that don't do well and moving them nearer to the ones that do. Do you have any sage advice on iris?

    1. I have no sage advice on iris especially in your climate. However, I will say that the Siberian iris is heartier than the beaded iris, and if you were closer, I'd be happy to give you some. I have transplanted bearded iris from different parts of the yard and the only thing I made sure of is that the roots/rhizomes were not buried too deep. They are supposed to exposed a little and shouldn't get too wet. Full sun works best, but I have some that bloom in partial sun. I am happy with iris because they are doing well in their new locations and more importantly, the the deer have left them alone.


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