Oh, perfect day

Morning glory

A morning glory growing in the shade.

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The pool reflects the turquoise sky.

Cuphea plant with  hummingbird.

If you look closely near the centre of the photo, you can see the hummingbird supping nectar from the firecracker plant.

chickadee

The chickadee adores the burbling water coming from this fountain. He will drink and then bathe even as I sit right in front of him, not two feet away.

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The light is as clear as water from a tap this morning, the first day of September. This light has a quality of crystal; the purple leaves of the smokebush reflect it in a shimmery way and it intensifies the blues of the hyssop and the Russian sage.

There is much silently happening in the garden. The yellow pepper, now tangerine, celebrates its coming-of-age colour in the lemon sunlight. The orange Cuphea ‘Vermillionaire’, otherwise called the firecracker plant, flaunts its hummingbird-magnet flowers, announcing that it has replenished its sweet nectar in the rain yesterday.

Under the turquoise sky, the pool lies in shining reflection, the skimmer lazily attracting bits of floral flotsam to float across its glassy surface. Honey bees swarm the hyssop, ignoring the white phlox that looks tattered by yesterday’s downpour. Emerald green parsley spills over the edges of its large container, but the parsley worms have been absent this year although I planted unstintingly for their pleasure. Perhaps they will arrive later.

I saw just one monarch this summer, although the milkweed was decimated. (Reminder to self; plant a larger patch next year.) Ah! A quick check of the front garden revealed a second monarch, not large, but very real. The milkweed did its part.

Here and there around the yard, sky-blue morning glories shout from sunny corners and even from some shady ones. Ian started plenty to cheer our morning hearts. His yard, too, is filled with them he says.

The garden is a riot of activity as the squirrels chase each other across the fence and over the neighbour’s roof. A yellow finch just landed in the nyger feeder. The chickadees are braver, though, One is not afraid to come right down to the burbling fountain behind me to get a drink and have a bath. He scolds as he approaches because I am here where he wants to be. He comes anyway — the bubbly water is too tempting.

On the near side of the garden across the fence, the neighbour’s grand-dog complains intermittently, but bitterly, about my presence in the garden which he has come to regard as his own. He belongs to the mayor whose wife’s parents live here. As a 12-year-old, she and her sleep-over friends would flip their chewing gum over the fence from their pool and into ours. In spite of being a bratty pre-teen, she was lovely then and she is lovely now as a young mother.

Here and there among the flowers, rising and falling prettily in the sunlight, a little white skipper flits and now it is joined by a companion. The silence is broken by a light breeze animating a wind chime. Birds talk back and forth among themselves in the cedar and the apple tree. Every so often, a fir cone bops me on the head, a message to move! from one of the squirrels that also enjoys the bubbling fountain.

A hummingbird just popped by, buzzing between the Magenta and Victoria Blue salvias and the firecracker flower, which it likes best of all. There are a lot of hummingbirds this year, upstaging the finches as they flirt with the flowers.

All the work of gardening is worth it for these few sweet hours.

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6 thoughts on “Oh, perfect day

  1. Heather Softley says:

    Beautiful photos Dorothy. We live in Great Falls and did not see a single monarch this year much to my dismay. High hopes for next year. I’m Gail Braun’s daughter, Todd’s cousin. Enjoyed a visit to Todd’s and Lisa’s at Elemental a couple of weeks ago and while there a very nice visit with Gail from BloomingGails and Al. Todd’s gardens looked fabulous as always. No chance to see Gail’s which was unfortunate. Here in Great Falls the gardens have struggled but amongst the sodden mess can be found many little treasures. Thank heavens for the beautiful and tough little Nemesia that have given constant color all summer long. Heavy rains are taking down the sun flowers before they are ready but no matter, next years gardens bring new suprises. Cedar waxwings adorn the the mountain ash tree and gold finch are abundant as they prepare to migrate. The mowed grassy fields in the area are full of yellow shafted flickers and the hummingbirds are making sure to fuel up well before the long flight. The pair of juvenile eagles left the nest and thrilled us with their presence throughout the summer months.

  2. Judy Saxby says:

    Lovely reminder that we really do need to cherish each gorgeous day. There have not been a lot this summer so each is very special.

  3. Alice D. Hogue says:

    Beautifulllll my morning glories gad huge leaves and small flowers?

  4. flaregirl55 says:

    Very pretty pictures the feeling one gets is fabulous looking at each and everyone, thank you for posting Sandi

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