You might remember back last winter when I was drooling over catalog photos of a Physocarpus shrub called 'Coppertina.' At that point, I thought it might eventually get too large and I chose a Leycesteria instead. But then I learned that we had one growing at work. We took cuttings of it and now I have my own tiny plant for free!
Another previous lament was that my neighbor's Salvia was prettier than mine. I have now added the perennial Salvia 'Blue Hill' to my garden to complement the lighter one I have already.
The squirrel population appears to be exploding. Brandon photographed 5 babies near this hole in the tree.
Earlier in the year, he fussed at some ladies for feeding huge amounts of store-bought nuts to squirrels in the park. Those varmits buried thousands of nuts in our tiny yard making little holes everywhere. Later they chewed through wires in our neighbor's truck, leaving him stranded and nearly causing an explosion. Looks like next year will be equally challenging.
In other alarming wildlife news, we found 2 dead birds in our yard. They appear to be migratory warblers. We also found a cat collar which might belong to the culprit. Sigh.
I didn't mention it at the time, but my dear husband brought home a number of beautiful cut-flower bouquets for me this summer.
We waited to make the announcement to the blogosphere, but these beauties were all in celebration of the news that I am pregnant.
Yep, now you know why I've neglected my garden so much this season!
I'm feeling more energetic now at 5 months, but I pretty much slept through the last half of the summer. I have managed to devote my remaining energy to gardening at work and Brandon has thankfully helped me a great deal at home.
We are looking forward to springtime when our little flower will bloom.