Playing with My Backyard Cardinal

Last Thursday, while I was out in the yard, checking on my shade garden, I saw my male cardinal flying around. Nothing unusual, especially as it was supper time – for both me and him. What was unusual is that he let me get closer to him than he’s ever done before. I figured I’d take advantage and try to get a picture or two. Well, I got several pictures. It was almost like he was playing with me and posing for the camera. Take a look. Photos of my cardinal!

Critters in My Garden ~ Spring 2015

Regardless of the season, there are always critters in my garden. I often share pictures with you as part of my weekly garden updates. However, it seems it’s been quite some time since I shared a post with all my garden critters together. So, I hope you enjoy the spring edition of critters in my garden.
Critters in my garden!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 4/20/15

It’s been a week since I finished the spring planting (well – other than what’s going to go into pots), and it has been cloudy and rainy since. Very dreary, yes, but excellent weather for new seedlings and newly planted seed. The milder temperatures (low to mid 70s) with no scorching sun, plus daily rain (even if a drizzle), have enabled my transplants to adjust perfectly. I haven’t lost a single one! And all of my seeds have germinated or are beginning to poke out of the ground. As Luke Bryan says in his song, “Where I come from, rain is a good thing!” This week’s garden pictures!

Birds Galore!

I am just amazed at the number of birds I’m getting at my back yard feeder. Ever since I changed the type of bird seed I use, my feeder has been a busy place in the mornings and evenings. (And even during the middle of the day, sometimes.) I bought a 20 pound bag of Garden Treasures Songbird Blend at Lowes for about $20 about a month ago, and it’s almost gone already. I bought another bag this past week, so I won’t run out. I don’t mind, though, because the birds are giving me such pleasure. Birds galore!

Birds at My Feeder

A couple of weeks ago, my Garden Wilson hung my bird feeder from a branch on my sweet gum tree – in an attempt to keep the squirrels from eating all the bird seed. I also had to move one of my tiki torches because the squirrel had learned to use it as a platform from which to jump onto the bird feeder. Argh. But now, the feeder is safe from the squirrels. With the new song bird blend of bird seed I bought and the lack of access to the gray climbing rodents, birds are flocking to my feeder in droves! Birds at my feeder!

Signs of Spring 2015

Although it is still too early to start spring planting here (last frost is usually around March 27), signs of impending spring are starting to multiply. Leaves are starting to pop, buds are appearing on the trees, birds are singing most of the day, wildflowers and wild herbs are starting to bloom, and I saw my first honeybee! I know many of you are still buried under snow and ice, so I thought I’d share my first signs of spring with you. Signs of spring!