This bright fellow is the Evening Grosbeak
God sends love notes to me by way of nature --
a beautiful bird,
a swallowtail butterfly,
a flower I didn't know was planted amongst the others,
unexpected morning rain,
afternoon shade from our trees.
This purple-blue stem is Smooth Blue Beardtongue or Penstemon
which I haven't seen in my flower beds in a long time.
A happy surprise!
Clematis on left and Sweet William on the right.
My geranium pots. They just seem right on the front porch.
Mostly poppies and larkspur here and a pink shrub rose in back.
Homegrown lettuce and spinach is doing very well in the garden.
We are loving the fresh salad greens every day.
I picked up this fizzy mineral water yesterday -- San Pellegrino.
I thought since it was on sale, I'd get a couple bottles.
Little did I know, it's a good-for-you drink!
Click here for the reasons why.
When it says "mineral water" it means there are lots of good minerals in there along with some carbonation that makes it fizzy.
I added some lemon slices to my water.
One more nature note -- Monday, June 20, is Summer Solstice and the Full Moon.
CarpenterSon was born on June 20th, the first day of summer. He'll be 28.
Back then it was very hot and dry and the country was on fire.
The night he was born, Uncle Ned's forested ranch was ablaze.
It was a year of watching the skies for lightning and fire fighting.
The earth, gentle and indulgent,
ever subservient to the wants of man,
spreads his walks with flowers,
and his table with plenty.
~Pliny the Elder