The first 2 days of May we were swamped with a lot of rain. It was damp, dreary, and dreadful. But the rain was really needed as April had been a dry month. I had already set the rain gauge outside so was able to see how much rain came down.
But the first 2sDay in May brought 2 white crowned sparrows to the garden.
The robins have been sitting on the nest throughout the rainy days. See how the nest is on the second shelf from the top, so the top shelf gives it some protection from the rain. Hoping to see some babies soon. Last week’s photos are here.
They don’t go far when venturing away from the nest. Both male and female are surveying the area at different times.
Check out Saturday’s Critters and see lots more wonderful wildlife photos.
We enjoyed the first asparagus of the season, purchased from our local Willowcreek Farm. I either steam or roast the asparagus. If you are out our way be sure to visit them on the Frankford Road as there is lots going on from May to Thanksgiving.
I’ve shared how I make the perfect fried eggs, sunny side up without the bother of flipping them and hoping the yolks don’t break.
Stitching of the Home Sweet Home embroidery is progressing. This is a free pattern from Clever Poppy. Look under the Resources to find it.
I used a variegated embroidery floss for the french knots on the tree and flower. I also added more french knots than the pattern called for.
As well as working on the pattern in a hoop, I varied it a bit and added it to some pillowcases.
The pattern is basically the same, using the same elements, but just arranged a bit differently.
I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.
Lots of growth of daylilies, dames rocket, sedum and hyacinths in the fence garden. Mr. Bucket (pronounced Mr. Bouquet, for lovers of the Keeping up Appearances tv show) and owl watch from each corner.
Cypress spurge, a weed/wildflower grows in the wild garden. Google lens helped me identify this plant as I couldn’t remember the name. It’s pretty but invasive. All parts of this plant contain a milky substance that is toxic and can irritate the skin. It has an extremely long tap root for a plant that is about 15-30 cm tall. Wear gloves if you attempt to remove this plant.
The white trillium bloomed this week, so I went outside during rain showers to get photos.
A fungus has started to grow on one of the stumps I have in the front garden with solar lights on.
Google Lens tells me it is an orange pore fungus or Bisporella citrina fungus. I’ll continue to watch it grow and hopefully get a correct ID. If you have the correct name for it, please leave me a comment or contact me.
The sun is shining today and it seems the rain has left our area and there is the promise of better weather this weekend. I’m posting weekly with a combination of the garden, nature, stitching, cooking and more. This works for me and I hope you are enjoying the new format.