Happy Cacti & Succulents

While other plants have wilted or retreated from this summer’s excessive heat, my cacti and succulents enjoying their seasonal residence on the front deck have relished the long, hot spotlight.  Many of the cacti especially have been so happy they’ve rebloomed twice, a rarity for some species.

Cattails

This is my favourite time of the summer, that time when the cattails (bulrush) rise above their fellow marshland floral companions to proudly display their tubular, brown flower tops for passersby admirers to enjoy.  I often stop, mesmerized by their to and fro swaying in the warm breeze.

 

Of all the coneflowers, in all the gardens, you fly onto mine

I haven’t seen many butterflies thus far this year, so a few days ago I was excited to be  treated to a wonderful scene on my garden coneflower.  This beauty alighted and fed for a long time, but she wasn’t alone as another little flying beauty was also admiring the echinacea.

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Photo Credit: Linda Sullivan 

The monarch and the bee had a bit of an aerial scuffle, but soon the bee moved onto some other tasty wildflowers and the butterfly was left to alight and feed for an extended period of time.


If you stop, look and feel nature for even just a short amount of time, you’ll experience a little, glorious heavenly shudder in your very soul.

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Look Mom, Look!

Look mom, down there, look, it’s a FEDDER!  Could it be mine perchance?  Mom, you’re not looking, LOOK!

Rest assured Keito, I am almost always looking – at you, my beautiful girl.

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Chippy Chipmunk

Spotted this fellow dashing along the local chipmunk thoroughfare between underground retreat to munching grounds: the garden!

Can’t look away

A colour explosion in the mid-summer garden. Mother Nature updates her wardrobe once again, adding fiery oranges, peaches, fluorescent pinks, bright yellows and velvety purples.  A celebration of beauty in my own backyard. Blessed.

Nosy Parrot

Keito loves exploring drawers, cupboards and dark closets, sometimes for nefarious nesting purposes, but often just for fun. Here she seems to be intimating that I have been negligent in tidying up the dishes to her satisfaction 🙂

Smartypants birdie!