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June 27, 2011

A Good Day

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 10:16 pm
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School got out last week.  I felt like I’ve been in a flurry of activity every day since.  Today was the first day I really felt like I was out for summer break.  With the exception of my older daughter going to driving school (at her high school), I didn’t have to go anywhere.  Today, I did summery things!

I worked in my garden, which looked so cheerful in the morning summer sunshine:

Everything seems healthy and happily growing.  I added tomato cages to the sprawling vines today. I also noticed my hydrangea is starting to bloom:


 I am delighted with all of the buds it has this year.  I have often lamented my lack of luck with hydrangea.  I don’t remember this hydrangea always being pink either; I know that soil pH can affect their color, but I haven’t moved this plant in probably 10 years. It has never been a great bloomer for me, so maybe I just don’t remember!  Lots of buds still to come:

After the garden I picked up the yard for lawn mowing.  I got to use a little chain saw to chop up a large branch that had fallen into the yard – that was kind of cool!  After mowing the lawn, I vacuumed the pool.  It looked nice and sparkly.  I should’ve taken a picture.

My bird feeder has been extremely active since I refilled it a couple days ago.  I also learned today that my squirrel-proof feeder is no longer squirrel-proof:

Industrious little thing, huh?  I couldn’t understand just how the squirrels were getting at the seed.  The feeder is set up so that if something heavier than birds lands on the feeder, that wire covering with the perches on it slides down and covers the opening to the seed.  I went out to investigate.  One of the openings had the plastic chewed away so that the opening was not completely covered when it slides down!  That is the opening our little friend here is jamming his or her head into!  The squirrels broke the other feeder I had put up for them in a near-by tree in the hopes of keeping them away from the bird feeder, so I’m not sure what I’ll do next.

At the end of my busy day, I landed in my second-favorite summer place – my deck with a good book (first favorite would be the beach, but that is a few hours drive away).  And my little hummingbird took what seems to be one of his favorite places these days too:

hummingbird silhouette

That is a skinny little branch at the top of a small tree at the side of my property.  I look for him there now when I am outside in the evening.  I thought this made for a pretty cool shot of a hummingbird at rest; not a sight you see all that often.

Let me know about a good summer day for you in the comments if you’d like!  June Photo Hunt re-cap coming soon – I’m waiting on a couple folks taking advantage of the extension.  In the meantime, there are plenty of links to check out in the comment section of that post, so please go check out the submissions when you have the chance and leave them some love in their own comment sections.


  1. That is one fantastic hummingbird shot! I’ve never seen anything like that.

    Comment by renae — June 27, 2011 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! I was quite pleased with it myself!

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2011 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  2. I gave up the battle with the squirrels last year. I was feeding way too many of them, and way too few birds. Now the bird feeders are stored in the garage until I can think of a new way to combat them.

    Comment by mylifeincny — June 28, 2011 @ 7:40 am | Reply

    • This feeder of mine was working just fine until a few days ago! The little buggers!

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2011 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  3. Sounds like a good day, indeed! Your hydrangeas are so pretty – I love the deep pink! Great silhouette of the hummingbird! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — June 28, 2011 @ 8:09 am | Reply

    • Thanks Holly. I’m curious now to watch the color of those hydrangea. I have a picture from last year, when it bloomed just a little, and those blooms are closer to purple. I’m wondering if the color develops as the bloom opens.

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2011 @ 8:14 am | Reply

  4. A fantastic day! Those squirrels are so clever! I found a chipmunk on mine but no rodent has thought to chew the plastic, yet. Love your hummingbird silhouette. I watch ours rest on similar branches.

    Comment by Becky Sue — June 28, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. I tried greasing the pole for the feeder with Vasoline yesterday! So far I haven’t seen another squirrel on the feeder, but the birds are eating the seed like there is no tomorrow.

      Comment by Karma — June 29, 2011 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  5. Wonderful post, Karma. It made me slow down and appreciate how nice it can be to putter around on a summer day. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — June 28, 2011 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

    • And the squirrel cracked me up. lol!

      Comment by Robin — June 28, 2011 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

      • Summer is definitely my favorite season – I hope you are learning to love it too! Just think – you don’t have to put on all those layers to meet your outdoor commitment, LOL!
        Thanks Robin.

        Comment by Karma — June 29, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  6. I hope your hydrangea will offer you spectacular blossoms this year! Perhaps it likes all the extra rain we’ve been getting. Those squirrels are way too smart – they sure keep engineers employed trying to come up with squirrel-proof bird feeders. And that’s an amazing shot of the hummingbird! Don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite like it…

    I bought a moon flower this summer and it ignored the pole I offered it to climb up. It started curling around another plant, so today I uncurled it and wrapped it around the bamboo pole. I hope it gets the idea! So if that blooms one of these evenings that will be a good day in my summer!

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — June 28, 2011 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Barbara! Good luck with your moonflower – be sure to post a picture if you get a bloom. I always thought it would be a neat idea to have a little garden area with morning glories, 4-o’clocks, and moonflowers so you’d have a different bloom to look at throughout the day!

      Comment by Karma — June 29, 2011 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  7. Cool garden! My husband got a shot here of a hummingbird at rest, we have this little dead twig too, and he loves to sit there and survey HIS yard before he comes to the feeder… 🙂

    Comment by Dawn — June 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn. I’ve heard hummingbirds can be quite territorial once they’ve found a spot with food – he probably does think it is his yard!

      Comment by Karma — June 29, 2011 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  8. Love the hummingbird shot! And the hydrangea, such a pretty color.
    Those poor squiirels must be REALLY hungry if they chew through the plastic! 😉

    Comment by thedailyclick — June 29, 2011 @ 8:12 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela! Poor squirrels my @$$, LOL! I think the little buggers are just greedy. 😉

      Comment by Karma — June 29, 2011 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  9. What a lovely June day, Karen. It sounds so free and fun, full yet with plenty of time to just sit and read. Are you reading anything good? Isn’t it luscious to sit on the deck and just read without a care in the world?

    Comment by Kathy — June 29, 2011 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

    • P.S. I like the squirrel shot!

      Comment by Kathy — June 29, 2011 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

      • Thank you Kathy. It was a nice day – tiring, but in a good, feel-productive kind of way. I’m actually reading guilty-pleasure type “beach” reading right now. It is a book called Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, part of her “Women of the Otherworld” series.

        Comment by Karma — June 29, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  10. GREAT hummingbird silhouette! Haven’t seen my little hummer is quite some time now. 😦

    Hey – you got a shot of your ‘little red!’ That is a juvenile since s/he is missing the black stripe down the each side. We’ve been seeing juvenile squirrels as well (both greys and reds) and the little things are nothing less than ravenous! We see them at ALL our feeders (even the thistle feeder which has teeny-tiny slits!)

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 29, 2011 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy. The hummingbird has been a fairly regular visitor so far this summer, but I’ve yet to get a closer shot than the one I posted earlier in the spring. He seems to suddenly realize I’m sitting there watching him in the time it takes me to raise the camera!
      I’ve seen many more red squirrels around this spring. It appears they’ve definitely made their way to western Mass.

      Comment by Karma — June 30, 2011 @ 9:12 am | Reply

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