Tag Archive: garden


These birds are so cute and tiny compared to the huge sunflowers that they are eating from! If you watch the video closely, you can see a number of bees flying about and they are of considerable size when you compare them to the size of this little bird.

I thought that this particular garden was much nicer than the others I had passed while I was “On Safari”. Not because of the flowers, but more because it was feeding the wildlife in the area.

Now for some snapshots!

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Two Little Finches on Sunflowers

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Picking sunflower seeds is hard work!

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So is opening them!

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Almost hidden, the upside down bird gets a meal.

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This little bird is full and ready to go home.

Here is a video I recorded in late summer this year of my catnip plant harvest:

Needless to say I smelled just like catnip for the rest of the day. In fact, it was such a powerful smell that I didn’t really want to touch catnip again for at least a week! About a month after this video was made I went back with my clippers and cut the rest of the bush up since it didn’t reflower, I left enough for the plant to grow a little and (hopefully) survive the winter.

Since I harvested catnip… and I have 3 cats, you know what is coming next.

Thats right! Yet another video of my cats enjoying catnip! Hooray!!

For some reason Nice Guy never joins these social events. He is more of a private nip eating kinda guy. Oh well, Lisa and Kyoko really seemed to enjoy themselves.

Last winter my store bought rosemary plant wasn’t doing so well, so I took a cutting while the plant was still okay and managed to grow this rosemary plant in the video.

As you can see the new plant is doing pretty well, so I decided to trim the branches in order to make it become fuller and bushier. I also decided to start more rosemary plants from the cuttings JUST IN CASE winter is tough on the plant again this year.

 

My Cherry Tomato and (regular?) Tomato plants are spoiled and get watered at least twice a day since it has been so hot during these summer months.

They wilted and were pouting for me to water them… even though I watered them earlier in the day.

See how they recover in this time lapse video after I watered them once again. The original duration of the video was 15 minutes.

I like to document a lot of things with pictures and video, I am often late in posting content… but I hope this will be enjoyable to any who decide to read 🙂


I planted my tomato and Cherry Tomato plants in mid February. They sprouted in my widow sill after about a week:

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True leaves appeared after about another week!

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Here they are on their first day outside (hardening off?) around March 13th.

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During May we weren’t getting a ton of great sun yet and the plants seemed stunted to me… Then I realized that I had reused soil from the previous years and needed to fertilize the plants, Doh!

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Back to being nice and green in June, also showing some nice growth Yay!

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The vines got SUPER TALL! Flowers bloom and fruit is starting to grow around July 13th.

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Now the tomato bushes make a great shade spot for the cats.

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(July 13)Here are the Cherry Tomatoes which are growing:

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(July 13) And the “regular” tomatoes:

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It has been very hot where I live, which means that I water my garden at night to avoid scorching.

It turns out that I was watering more than just my flowers this night.

I was worried that I over soaked the little guy so I gave him a tiny nudge, thankfully the moth was OK and flew away later on.

(The plant is called “Royal Carpet” if anyone was wondering. It is actually starting to flower nicely!)

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Lately I’ve found a couple of honey bees who have wandered into my home, only to be trapped by that invisible wall which we call a window.

 

Here is one of the cute little fuzzies I set free in my garden:

At least I know that there are bees in my area who are alive and pollinating, but maybe not well.

I’m sure everyone has heard something about how honey bees are becoming at risk of dying out. It has been happening for a few years now.
“Beekeepers in the United States first noticed that their bee colonies were dying off in 2006. Since then, scientists have been desperately trying to figure out what’s causing the collapse.”

It is very disturbing to think of what could happen without one of the major “plant helpers” in our lives.

I’m really getting into gardening this spring, even though I only have a “patio garden” and have to grow all of my plants in containers.
Here is a video I did about propagating Rex Begonias from a leaf cutting.

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