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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Taking over our backyard

I said no more tomato pictures but my husband
grows more different kinds of tomatoes than I have flowers.
Not only are these tomatoes pretty but taste great!
He's got the full sun. I have mostly shade.
Would be nice if I could claim a few of his sunny beds for flowers. Humm...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Park and Zoo

This is our free local Zoo.
Do you believe it?
It's called Cape May Park and Zoo.

I could do a tourist page for South Jersey because there
are a number of interesting places to visit.
Maybe I will...like the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge
or the beautiful beaches and boardwalks.
Then there are places not free like the Casinos with lots of entertainment.
Anyway we took a day off and went to the zoo.
Temperature was perfect. Took some pics.






Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Small Gardens-Great Gardens


So your property isn't as large as others...
It doesn't mean you can't have a great garden.
This is a must see garden tour by Carl.
"Buffalo,Ny Gardenwalk"

Click on picture below.



Saturday, August 23, 2008

Vines

Trumpet Vine Madam Galen-Campsis radicans/Campsis x tagliabuana
Alot of vine but very few flowers.
I cut them down every spring. This is it's 3rd year.
Must be doing something wrong. Still might tear them out.
Reminds me of when I got Chinese wisteria vines 6 years ago and dug them out one year later...
it still sends up shoots every year but its mixed in with sedum and lilies so I can't kill it.
I also have a Japanese honeysuckles which I can't get rid of that came with one of my waxed privets. Very pretty, but only if I had a couple of acres.
One day I may get rid of this trumpet vine. Or not.


The Flower




Hyacinth bean
Great for backyard privacy and hummers.
This trellis was created to block one neighbors window untill the privets get larger.. We have 4 neighboring houses that are blocked by trees/arborvitaes and a stockade fence but one house is too close to ours and a view of their window drove me crazy.
Now in the summer our backyard is totally private. Mornings with my coffee in hand sitting on the swing in our backyard just wearing my jammies watching the hummers and other natural visitors is a little bit of heaven.


The Flower





Cardinal climbers
An annual favorite for hummers.
Also tried it on the lamp post in front of house...not as nice there.


The Flower




Honeysuckle Vine-Lonicera sempervirens
Dying off in August.



The Flower

Morning Glory

Early morning...

Female Ruby-throated hummingbird at dusk

I was sitting on the swing when she came down just to relax and feed
before retiring for the evening.
She sat there for at least 20 minutes untill I had to get up.
Every evening and morning both male and female(mostly female)
will just sit and clean,look around and visit the flowers.
They like the feeders too but seem to favor the hyacinth bean vine
which she is sitting on, also the cardinal climbers and my excessive
amount of tall orange cosmos.









Thursday, August 21, 2008

Red-tailed hawk

He was a large hawk about 3 foot wing span.
I kept my eye on this rare visitor in our backyard.
He was looking for something.
Thanks for the ID, Elly and Alan.








Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Flowers dying off birds happy..

Female American Golden Finch.
Both male and female enjoyed the zinnias





Male American Golden Finch

Monday, August 18, 2008

Biggest so far

One last tomato posted here.
Aussie
2 lb 5 oz



Go to "Heirloom Tomatoes" for more pics.

Trumpet Vine

This is the best I can get out of this trumpet vine since 2005?
I feel like tearing it out...




Trumpet Vine Madam Galen -Campsis radicans/Campsis x tagliabuana 6-(Spring Hill)2005,1-pic shown 2008

Summer Birds

I decided to put most of the summer birds on one post.

They're all from the backyard, which impresses me
that I was able to capture them with my camera.




Hummer female-playing around with signature..eh

Hummer male

Catbird

Male Robin with worm

Robin baby

Robin girls

Cardinal male and baby

Cardinal female

Grackle

Grackle baby

Carolina Wren

Male Hummer