around the garden

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here today to bring you a couple of short films. You may remember me from such posts as “Another Rain Movie”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.As usual, hardly anything has been happening here. The guy I live with explained that it’s summer, and we don’t do much during the summer. I wondered why almost nothing happens in the other seasons, but decided against asking why out loud.

I guess there was some watering done while I was at Day Care. It rained a bit last night; the guy I live with said it was about a millimeter. He also said we measure in millimeters, because inches would be ridiculous. It almost never rains that much here. (We got a few millimeters from the rain in the movie in my last post. A dime is about the thickness of a millimeter.)

So here are the films. I admit that one may be slightly different from what you’re used to. I certainly thought it was different. I hope you enjoy both of them, anyway.



Well….that’s definitely all I have for today. 

Until next time, then.


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12 Responses to around the garden

  1. bittster says:

    I didn’t even know that my hummingbirds might want a swing. They’ve just recently moved in and it’s embarrassing that my garden might not have everything they need.

    • paridevita says:

      Lol, right? The swings cost about five dollars. In a good year, which this isn’t, we have four species of hummingbird here. There was a rufous at the feeder just the other day. Imagine the language I heard when the guy I live with didn’t have his camera ready……

  2. What? What, what? What just happened here?
    You, Mani, are a sweetheart and a star as usual, but I wonder … is that narrator reliable? He’s touring a gorgeous garden (fit to grace your presence), but we’ve been told many a time how miserable the guy you live with’s garden is.
    My head, it aches. I’m trying to understand what to believe. Good thing the hummers flit around to lend an *air* of reality.
    Oh, yeah. Keep the films coming.

    • paridevita says:

      Lo, huh. The guy I live with did just water a few days ago, while I was at Day Care. We didn’t show the drooping foliage on the lilacs and other shrubs, or the withered this, or the shriveled that. The narrator is ultra-reliable…..

  3. Barb K says:

    A movie! And the Burgermeister of your domain conducting the tour! No wonder you look so jolly, right? I’m so sick of watering by now that your dry garden is looking pretty tempting. And really very lush, too. How come hummingbirds have to spend so much time watching for other hummingbirds and chasing them around? Other birds don’t seem to behave like that. No wonder they need all that sugar. Yes, more movies!! At least 4 a year and especially one at bulb time, please.

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with pays extra to include movies on the blog and so why not, huh? Yes, hummingbirds do need a lot of sugar, and like to engage in a tussle or two, and you want to know something? The guy I live with miscalculated the water to sugar ratio. He knew it was four to one, but thought the measuring cup for the sugar was a half cup, when it was a quarter. So up until a little why ago the sugar water was half strength. There are of course some plants in flower for the hummingbirds, but not nearly enough with the lack of rain.

  4. Love the film. By all means, make more. Cheers.

  5. Deborah says:

    I had an interesting hummingbird experience this morning. I have a feeder hanging off the front porch, about 6 ft. from the kitchen window (over the sink). I brought the feeder in to fill this morning, and while I was washing it prior to filling, I saw a hummingbird fly up to where it is usually hanging. I held the feeder up in front of the window, and the hummingbird flew right up to the window.

    Also, as I came in from hanging the filled feeder back up, I found STELLA, the dog I live with, barking at a little piece of green leaf in the entryway. But it wasn’t a leaf, it was a tiny tree frog. Our yard is rife with the frogs, but this is the first one in the house. I was able to safely usher it back outside.

    It’s also a bumper year for monarchs, it seems. I find caterpillars and eggs every day. I guess all this rain (75% of our annual average in one month!) is good for the milkweed plants and the frogs.

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with said sometimes he’ll be out in the garden and hear this loud buzzing kind of sound in one ear, and he thinks he might be having a stroke or something like that, and it turns out to be a hummingbird right beside his head.

  6. Vicki Schweickart says:

    So glad zie professor is back! I missed him so…

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