Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to bring you up to date on what’s been going on here. You may remember me from such posts as “The Pine Cone Chronicles”, among so many, many others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose.You can probably see how green it is here. It’s been raining a lot. Well, okay, not a lot, but more than usual.
Even what used to be a rock garden looks pretty good.Maybe you remember that we said that Ornithogalum nutans wasn’t very happy here; it turns out that it is. No one noticed the clumps in the little garden between the birch tree and the patio. They’re super happy here, as you can see.
Clematis hirsutissima is happier this year than it ever has been. (I think it might have looked even happier if the picture was more in focus.)The sea kale, Crambe maritima, is also very happy here, even though it’s growing in “icky” soil. What’s mostly been going here is a lot of weeding. So much weeding that the guy I live with hasn’t had time for much of anything else, though he does have to stop and lie down from time to time.
I like to go out and sit with him while he’s weeding.
There was some excitement here. A couple of days ago there was thing huge kind of scary thing, which the guy I live with reminded me was called a backhoe (it was much bigger than the one that tore up our front yard last year). It was blocking the entrance to the field, so we both wondered what was going on.
And then the next day, the backhoe was gone, but the guy I live with said we could follow its tracks, which we did. It went into the field, along the canal road, and then suddenly went off the road, and down to the creek on the north side of the canal.
The guy I live with said they were going to dig a new channel for the creek, because there were all these branches blocking the creek, which could have formed a dam, and caused a flood.
In other news, I’ve been collecting pine cones. The guy I live with says not to chew on them while I’m on the bed, but I tend to ignore him. I like chewing on them pretty much anywhere.
Oh, there is something else. We’ve been getting a lot of orioles here, lately. The guy I live with has been filling the feeders with grape jelly like twice a day, and cutting an orange in half every day.
You can see a male oriole in this picture.
The guy I live with said there were even western tanagers coming to the feeder. I guess that’s pretty exciting.