Wasp on the Hummingbird Feeder

It’s time to refill the feeder, but this little wasp hasn’t figured that out. This shows why I love this feeder, though — only the hummers can reach the nectar!

can’t…quite…reach…

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Mimosa Trees Blooming

These trees smell lovely! Yes, I know they are non-native invasives. I try to only plant native trees, but it was already here, and I’m enjoying it and controlling its spread.

mimosa tree

mimosa flowers

mimosa blossoms

mimosa flower blossom tips

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Ruby Throated Hummingbirds in Shenandoah

The mimosa trees are blooming in the Shenandoah Valley, and on our little farm, that means it’s time for the hummingbirds to mimosa themselves silly! The “feathery” leaves and sweetly scented pompoms of the tree are virtually vibrating from tiny little ruby-throated hummingbird wings. Even when you can’t see them, you can hear them as […]

Happy 12th Anniversary Hubby

Hubby’s gift for our anniversary is perfect! It’s a lovely little addition to my garden, picked up at the Lowes in Front Royal, Virginia. Happy anniversary, honey!

anniversary gift

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Garlic Harvest

I dug my first garlic harvest! I’ve tried several times to grow garlic, and this is my first year with a successful harvest. The green parts of the plants had yellowed and died back on most of them. I used a fork to loosen the soil, which popped up the bulbs. I hit a few […]