Snapshots from the Garden

The monsoon arrived right on schedule a couple of weeks ago here in Colorado. The days are now cooler, we get rainy days every week, and almost every afternoon there are thunderstorms. Some of the storms have really been memorable: serious rain, with thunder and hail. The cats have been staying inside, and the closet is getting quite a workout as they shelter in place waiting for the thunderstorms to pass.

Cat in the Closet
Is it over yet?

Yet, every thunderstorm has its silver lining. After struggling through the heat of July, the yard has burst back into bloom, and with the flowers and water I’m seeing more wildlife. Flocks of birds congregate in the back, and squirrels have been chasing each other across the roof, through the trees, and along the fence, and insects are everywhere. This morning was warm and sunny, so the cats and I returned to the yard. Here are some of the highlights.

Butterfly
The butterfly bush is now covered with blooms, and the butterflies have arrived. I think that this is a Painted Lady
Yarrow
The yarrow that I planted early this summer is now putting out new blooms.

Squirrel

Squash
My acorn squash survived the hail storms okay, but the plant lost most of its leaves. I’m hoping that the squash will make it to maturity.
Cat drinking from water
The outdoor water dish for the cats was full of fresh water. Yellow Boy moved right in.

I spent the morning drinking my latte, pulling weeds, and tending to plants that were damaged in the storms. By noon the clouds were piling up again over the mountains so the cats and I packed up and went back into the house. As I write this post the thunder is sounding, the rain is on the way, and MacKenzie is back in the closet.

Knitting time!

 

 

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Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled cats.

9 thoughts on “Snapshots from the Garden”

  1. The poor kitties hiding in the closet:( It’s a shame we can’t explain to our pets that it’s ok. Myles freaks out a bit when we have thunderstorms too.
    Your flowers are gorgeous!! Your photos are so crisp and have amazing detail. I love the one of the squirrel:)

    1. MacKenzie: The Mother of Cats had to remove the shoes from one side of the closet so there would be room for us. She even put in Yellow Boy’s bed because he wails…

      Thank you. I’m using a new phone (Samsung Galaxy 7) and I am really happy with it.

  2. Your photos are beautiful. I love my Samsung…it takes such teally great photos.

    It’s nice that you can get some time outside between the rain and enjoy the new blooms.

    Poor kitties are stuck in the closet so no playing with yarn.

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