The most amazing thing has happened in my little office nook this week, not once, but twice! Hearing a loud buzzing noise, I turned to the open window to see a humming bird flitting from corner to corner before taking off for parts unknown. I was so startled, it took me a moment to realize the tiny bird was collecting spider webs for nest building!
A couple weeks ago, I treated myself to a humming bird feeder because I was hoping to entice one of its visitors to build a nest in the garden. Now, if I can only discover its home, I’ll be able to watch the humming bird care for its young…at a distance, of course.
On the other end of the happiness scale, I’ve been exasperated to find that a recently purchased peony was not what I expected.
Though I really don’t have enough sun, I can’t give up the idea of having a peony without a try. So last week, I was careful to select a ‘Festiva Maxima’ because it’s the best performer in our region. When I found the peony in bloom on Monday morning, however, the plant did not have the heavenly fragrant, double white blooms with crimson flecks which I was expecting. As Charlie Brown would say, “AAUGH!”
Thankfully, there are a few wonderful things happening in the garden now too. The shade-tolerant Applejack rose is blooming on the new trellis, perfuming the front garden with the scent of fruit and cloves.
The white Japanese roof iris is lending elegance to the back garden.
And the mayapple, a favorite native plant, is in bloom in the woodland.
The fruit produced by the flower is eaten by the eastern box turtle and a number of small mammals, but all other parts of the plant are poisonous. In fact, chemicals derived from mayapple are currently used to treat some types of cancer.