Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Autumn Joy

Gloomy days lately have me moving plants away from my door. It seems I cannot get enough light.  It's clean up time today. I must reduce some of the planters. It is too big a job to wait.

fledgling disciples
hunting in the misty rain
outside my window


One bright note.. I saw the Carolina wren fledglings hunting as a family yesterday. This is probably their last day together. In one week parents teach them where to go and what to eat and what to avoid. I'd say that is a crash course in survival.

I'm not noticing any male hummingbirds. I think the males have already gone south. Next will be the females and lastly the young. They fly solo. Read more here.

Campbell's Labels for Education tallied on your Kroger Plus Card.

I'm thankful I live in a peaceful place.

Happy Birthday, Philip Bewley.

  

16 comments:

spookydragonfly said...

Donna - Thanks for the very informative link to the Hilton Pond Center - I faved the link for future reference. I have a few books on the topic of hummers...but this site far exceeded any other info I've read! Hae a good day!

tina said...

Autumn Joy is definitely a joy in autumn. The butterflies love it too. I have males hummers here so I think they are still around. I put out two more feeders and wow did that ever bring them in and I can watch them from inside. I am loving these guys so much this year. Maybe when you work on the planters you can do it outside and get some light? I hope your days get brighter. I want rain here though!:)

tina said...

Donna, I am wrong, I am not seeing any male hummers! Just looking at them this morning. So neat and thanks for pointing that out for me!

Skeeter said...

Interesting hummer facts!

DP Nguyen said...

How interesting, and what a great picture.

Kathleen said...

I am always amazed at what a crash course a lot of nature receives. I'm glad the wren family is still around even if it's only for today. I only have juvenile hummingbirds in my garden ~ the adults have all moved south and any day so will all the young. I will be sad about that but want them to go so they don't get caught in any unexpected cold snaps.

nancybond said...

Wonderful photos on that pond site! Autumn joy to you, Donna. :)

Anna said...

I would send you some sunshine but we've got rain! I don't want it to leave. I'm thankful that we finally have some.

It is all winding down and with it comes the quiet of Autumn. I've enjoyed your stories about the baby birds. I hope they have learned well and can survive properly. You gave them a great place to experience their childhood;)

That's a sweet card you gave to Philip.

Titania said...

It looks like autumn is slowly arriving in your part of the world. It is nice to celebrate different seasons. Always something to look forward to.

ConsciousGardener said...

I love your photographs of blossoms with their caps still on
before they grow to big and drop them on the ground...

Mother Nature said...

SDF, tina, sketter, DPN, Kath, anna, nancy, titania, cg, Thanks for your comments.

joey said...

"I'm thankful I live in a peaceful place" is why we love you, Mother Nature! Autumn joy was the perfect post ;)

Gail said...

I still have male hummers. yesterday they were all fighting and pushing their mini weight around!

Autumn Joy is a lovely this time of year, especially with bees and butterflies flocking to it!

Gail

Meems said...

Hi Donna, I just took a picture of autumn joy today but that's only because I'm in the Blue Ridge Mtns. for a few days. We don't grow it down in Florida. Yours is very pretty. I haven't spotted any hummers this summer...I'm still hoping to see some in the next couple of months.
Meems @Hoe&Shovel

Gail said...

Gail,

This year, the first in years, Autumn Joy has looked good! Not sure what is different but I am enjoying the bloom and the visitors it brings to the garden.

My feeders are bringing in the hummers and boy are they aggressive. regular 'cat' fights are happening daily!

Gail

PlantBuddy said...

Hello from Toronto, Canada. Thanks for dropping in on my blog and your comment.
Hope you had an enjoyable garden tour. Love the photo of your Sedum--a real autumn joy. Got a lst prize for mine (3 cut stems) at a local garden club show this week. Beat out several other ladies' entries. (Uh,oh, there's my competitive streak showing its ugly head).