|One bleeding heart bush in the back flower box|
|Orioles at their jelly house finch aside May 7.|
|The back yard is heavenly scented with the|
lilacs in full bloom from Ms Kim
|Our Excursion and Jerry tinkering|
Some mystery creature has been visiting at night and uprooting newly planted things and then digging into the flower beds. First it completely dug up a newly planted black eyed susan, leaving only a little stem remaining across the back lawn. Days later it returned and uprooted a potentilla plant I had not yet put into the ground. Obviously it was not to its taste so it did not drag it off nor consume it. I have struck back with massive doses of crushed hot red pepper flakes in the beds, and that seems to discourage it. But we shall see, others have had the same problem. This has never happened before and is getting on my last nerve. It happens at night and we suspect a raccoon, possum, weasel or the like.
|Mama robin perched atop rose bush limb, ignoring the squawks|
|First robin to leave the nest|
One last thing, the volunteer plant out back identified as salsify. I left this to grow because I thought the texture of the spiky leave interesting, lo a yellow flower and through Facebook, a friend identified it. The yellow flower opens in the morning but the pod enfolds it by afternoon. I understand it is edible but so far I ma not tempted to eat it, merely enjoy the show.
This may be my update for several weeks, unlikely to have blog time from the Goshen IN Fleetwood RV Rally. Looking forward to reuniting with friends we see once a year from around the country.