March 25, 2010

The Trees Are Alive…With the Sound of…. – It’s Fertilizer Friday

When we moved south of the border on a steamy August day in 1999, we quickly made a discovery.  When night would fall, the trees seemed to come alive…..with the sound of music!  Well, not real music but an awfully loud racket.  Upon inquiry, I learned that the nightly din was tree frogs.

As the years went by, the nighttime ritual on hot and humid nights became a regular part of life.   Yet the tree frogs remained elusive.  Just hanging out in the tree in the dark of the night practicing their vocals.

Until last summer that is.  I heard that familiar sound.  In the middle of the day.  On my deck.

Tree Frog Peeking
Come out, come out wherever you are!

Tree Frog Oh!  There you are!  And there it was!  Live in person!  10 feet away.  Scared the beejezus out of me!  And then….

Tree Fog
He stared me down in a most threatening way!  Look at those ET fingers!

Tree Fog leaving
Luckily it was a short visit!

Tree Fog leaving 2
Off he went!

Tree Fog leaving 3
Now that I’ve seen one, I hope just to hear them!  I'm such a weenie!

Well that’s it for this week.  Please join Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday!

March 16, 2010

Silly Sheep! They Fertilize! Fertilizer Friday

When I wrote this post it was not intentionally written for Fertilizer Friday.  As I was trying to think of what I would write about this week, I had a “DUH!” moment.  A few days ago, I wrote a post about sheep and thought “Sheep are natural fertilizers!”.  (If you have access to their poop!)  So without further ado….

From time to time I come across things that I simply must share.  I’ve been following a blog called “Chickens in the Road” by Suzanne McMinn.   Suzanne lives on a remote farm with a barnyard full of animals.  She has an interesting life, writes well and it is always amusing to read. Click on the picture to visit her blog.

Recently she included a 1 minute video of funny farm activity.  If you need a belly laugh, check it out.   You deserve it!

Don't forget to pop over to visit Tootsie and her Fertilizer Friday friends!

March 12, 2010

Birds ‘n Bees - Fertilizer Friday

Most of us are not lucky enough to garden all year long but it is that time of year when we start planning.  If you want to get back in the swing of things, visit Fertilizer Fridays over at Tootsie’s blog.   

As I anxiously wait for my garden to come to life, I realize that it’s about more than the flowers.  Beyond the sights and scents, it’s the sounds too. 

Soon bees will be buzzing…….

On lupins
Bee 2
On rhododendrons

Bee 3
On squash flowers

Birds will be nesting…..
Mr. Cardinal doesn’t leave  but I’m not outside to enjoy his company.

Hummingbirds are such amusing little creatures.
They appear out of nowhere - swooping and swooning – so fun to watch. 
The migration map shows that they are making appearances in Florida now.   Still almost 2 months away for this neck of the woods.

Visit Fertilizer Fridays over at Tootsie’s blog.    The greenhouse is up and and running!