Yesterday bird after bird swooped downward on my patio. I could see a lot of action out of the corner of my left eye.
As I was sitting here in my chair and couldn’t see what was going on, I got up to look.
I didn’t see a thing. The bird bath was about 3-4 feet to the left. Maybe it was just something birds did. So I looked it up this morning.
The classic research on how flocking birds move in unison comes from zoologist Wayne Potts, who published in the journal Nature in 1984.
His work showed that bird in flocks don’t just follow a leader, or their neighbors. Instead, they anticipate sudden changes in the flock’s direction of motion.
And he said, once a change in direction begins in the flock, it then “spreads through the flock in a wave.”
When I got to the French doors I must have scared them. The birds suddenly swooped back up in unison and flew away.
Lemon Verbena Plant:
The lemon verbena is still looking healthy. I wish this wonderful herb came back every year. But here at least it is an annual.
I have been cutting the long thin branches back and it has bushed out more.
If you’ve never smelled the scent of lemon verbena you’re really missing something. It is a sweet pungent smell. Always makes me want to fix a glass of iced tea and add a few leaves to it.
Yellow Rose Bush In Container:
The yellow roses are making a comeback. Every time it gets really hot they stop making buds. Then we’ll have a few days of cooler weather and a few will appear.
It’s not like springtime when buds form all over the plant. Just a few at a time. As though the rose bush is tired and doesn’t have the energy to make more.
Yesterday it was pretty hot, so they will die back again and refuse to make buds.
Sweet Potato Vine:
I don’t think I’ve showed you the chartreuse sweet potato vine much. Its leaves have become fairly large.
The purple sweet potato vine was taken over by another plant and is still small.
The sweet potato vine is always worth the few dollars it costs me every spring because it keeps on giving throughout summer and fall.
Basil Plant Growing in Cement Crack:
This is the basil that grows out of a small cement crack on my patio. It is large and quite healthy.
I never know from year to year what will grow out of that crack in the middle of my patio. It’s always a surprise.
Pot Of Sedum:
This is the sedum I bought to replace the Sedum Autumn Joy plant that got infested with bugs and died. I can’t recall what this one is called.
In the spring I couldn’t find a pot of Sedum Autumn Joy so I replaced it with this one.
If I remember correctly this one is supposed to form tiny white flowers. Whereas the Sedum Autumn Joy put out a tiny burnt orange flower in the fall.
I’m waiting on the Cox cable guy to come and hopefully fix my intermittent internet. While I’ve been writing this post it has gone out a number of times.
And it is really, really aggravating.