Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Sea of Sherwood Purple

About five years ago I purchased two plants of a low growing phlox  that I planted under a
Black Walnut tree. It thrived and so I cut long ends off the plants and replanted the ends without amendments or fanfare.  At one point early on I lost the plant tags and tried for a couple of years to locate the same phlox, but in vain it turned out.

Three years ago I showed you a photo I proudly displayed of my handiwork, this is it



Today it looks like this





 
I am a proud gardener today.

Let me introduce you to Phlox subulata 'Sherwood Purple'. I can see this wonderful sight from my bedroom window in early morning when it glows and shimmers in the eastern light. And around five in the afternoon it shines like a beacon reminding me of its presence. How could I ever forget now?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Indigo Bunting in the Garden

I had a rare sighting this week of the small bird called the Indigo Bunting. It is found on the eastern side of North America and prefers woodland clearings and borders. According to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, I saw a male in his first spring plumage.


This male Bunting is considered to be in his first spring plumage because his wings still have brown colouring. He would more uniformly blue if he was an adult male.


This fellow did not move much from his perch at the feeder. Other birds move around, fly away and return, but not Indigo. He sat and took what seed he could from where he sat. I saw this same behaviour two days in a row, for that was the length of time he stayed.

 One last thing I noticed at the feeder was that other birds ignored Indigo Bunting. When a male cardinal came by while Indigo and a sparrow were feasting the cardinal scared off the sparrow but left Indigo alone.


I think he may migrate with other birds like the warblers. If you would like to see some great photos of warblers passing through the area this spring, visit Donna's blog Garden Walk, Garden Talk. She was lucky to catch them in her neighborhood of Niagara Falls USA in the past week or so.