One of our all time favorite movies is “My Cousin Vinny”. We love the scene when Joe Pesci tells Marisa Tomei he is going hunting. She whips into a diatribe about the “Cute little deer” that we find absolutely hysterical. The first time we saw deer after moving here I exclaimed, “Oh look at the little darlin’s. Marisa’s Bambis, aren’t they cute?” Well, that isn’t exactly what I thought this morning when I went into the garden. The “Little Darlin’s” had eaten every one of our Daylily blossoms. Flowers and buds were gone, all that was left were the stalks! The deer love the new foliage when it comes out in the spring so we’ve had them covered with netting until about a week ago. We’ve never had them eat the flowers before so I took the netting off. Not so smart! Fortunately we still have the picture above to enjoy.
The Black Bellied Whistling Ducks came to check out the birdfeeder. Last year we had a family of 31 ducklings, these might be some of those. Click here to see some pictures of the babies. The Bear’s Breech in the foreground has grown. Several of you have asked what our gardening secret is. All the beds are irrigated. This spring Karen and Stu Cooper, our local nursery owners put us onto Rose Glo and Medina (a chicken poop product) mixed half and half. This is a granular mix we just broadcast throughout the garden. Then for an extra boost we use HastaGro, mixed in water and sprayed on the leaves. A thick layer of living mulch, a combination of mulch and compost, is spread in all the beds 3 to 4 inches deep. Then we leave it to God and enjoy the beauty He has created.
We love the orange bills and pink feet of the Black Bellied Whistling Ducks. They look so gangly, almost top heavy on land but in flight they are magical. They whistle as they fly and the white underneath their wings flashes in the sun.
Molly is ready to go out and play with them. To see any of these pictures larger just click on the image. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik