I've been working on wrestling a small garden out of the grip of a nasty patch of weeds. I'm afraid that with all of the rain we've been having the weeds are making a bit of a comeback but even still, this little garden is one of my favorite spots in the yard.
The oak that stood here had died from wilt but the creeping virginia that had climbed up the side has remained. The ferns pop up all on their own like weeds. I keep some but they'll quickly overtake the garden if I let them. I like that the stump is producing shoots and leaves...how's that for determination?
If you look closely, you'll see a little iron nuthatch, purchased from this shop on Etsy.
At the base of the stump is a patch of hens and chicks. The hens are making chicks like crazy! Look at all those babies tucked in there.
Behind the stump stands my birdfeeder that I adore from Joe Papendick. It plays host to a number of different birds...nuthatches, finches, blue jays, woodpeckers, and sometimes some of these guys:
a yellow-shafted Northern Flickr.
The toads and garter snakes tend to linger in here and our new flock of chicks and guinea keets like to play here as well. I think it must be the art that draws them in.
The lilacs and irises have bloomed and gone, the daylilies are doing their thing, and soon the hydrangeas will bloom. I've been feeding them coffee grounds and hope to have some lovely blue blooms again this year. I'll share photos when they're up.
How is your garden growing? Do you have a special place where the toads play?