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A Wren Story

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I have a few birdhouses placed around the garden to encourage would-be parents to raise their family in my yard. House wrens are the most common residents, although chickadees also use the boxes periodically. I love the little wrens. They are very vociferous, with a busy song that belies their small size. I usually look for sturdy nest boxes, with good ventilation and easy access for cleaning, but sometimes a more whimsical bird house tempts me. I bought this feline-faced box at a local craft store a couple of years ago.

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It was spurned by all comers last year, and I was pleased when a pair of wrens took up residence this spring. The insistent peeping now rising from the house is evidence of a successful brooding season and the two parents are busy keeping their nestlings fed. Here’s one parent, giving me the evil eye, before dropping off her/his offering to the chicks.

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Gay Paree

Gay Paree

Peonies, undisputed monarchs of the early summer garden, seem to attract jeolous rain, bent on bowing their noble heads. Nevertheless, we enjoyed some beautiful blooms this year, before the rain was able to subdue the heavy royal heads. Most of my peonies are just a few years old, except for that which I have labeled ‘Acton’. I brought a division of this peony from our previous home, where the old peony clumps were probably 50 years old or more.

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Honey Gold

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Bowl of Beauty

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Whopper

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Cora Louise

Cora Louise

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Sword Dance

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Here’s a photo of the garden taken on March 25th. The following photos were taken today, June 26th, three months later. The transformation is amazing. No matter how many times I experience the flow of seasons from winter to summer, I remain astounded by this annual miracle.

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Baltimore Oriole female

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Giant Swallowtail in flight (Papilio cresphontes)

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Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus/canadensis)

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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Forgiven

I found a little beetle, so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day…
And Nanny let my beetle out–
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out–
She went and let my beetle out–
And Beetle ran away.

 

A.A. Milne