No matter the season, you can always count on nature’s critters to come around and entertain you.
This is the funny little Bewick wren. Small in stature, but loud in sound. This bird can sure belt out the birdsong.
And then there’s the grasshoppers that you hope don’t hop right into your home when the door is open.
Most every time I water lately, grasshoppers hop out of the plants to avoid getting wet.
This is the funkiest red male cardinal I think I’ve ever seen.
Does anyone know why he looks like this? He isn’t going to attract any female cardinals looking like that I don’t think.
This critter is Charlie’s nemesis. He lives to see one so he can pitch a fit. Squirrels are so fun to watch. They’re always full of mischief.
I try to forget that they’re rodents.
The big patch of purslane is at one end of this cement crack. And this is at the other end. Looks to me like lemon balm and zinnias.
The morning glory vine, a volunteer that came up by the fence, is getting thick and lush with leaves.
The blue raised bed is full of a bit of everything. Mint, iris (that I cannot seem to coax into blooming), and mounds of hostas that have been covered up.
I’m sure there’s more plants in there, but I can’t see them at the moment.
I planted the iris in this oval galvanized container. Sedum planted itself and is about to take over.
Once sedum gets going, there’s no stopping it.
Over here under the overhang of the tree are most of my container plants. As the weather grew hotter, I moved them down this way to give them some shade.
You wouldn’t think they’d bloom under the overhang of branches, but they do get some sun and bloom just fine in this spot.
If I hadn’t repotted the red hibiscus and moved it farther into the shade, it would be dead by now.
Then right by the patio door are these plants. The sedum autumn joy will be turning a burnt orange soon, as the season moves a bit closer to autumn.
Now you’ve seen virtually all of my patio garden. I don’t put plants next to the wall of my apartment because the wood is already pretty rotten there, and I don’t want my watering to make it worse.
Summer will soon yield to another fall season. I started planting and tending to this patio space back in mid-April. I’ve watered and snipped and cared for it all through the summer.
And unless something unforeseen happens, I will do the same next year and every year after that.
That is just what a gardener does who loves digging in the earth, planting seeds and packing small plants into the soil.