A mama deer and her late arriving fawn were in the back yard this morning – not eating the impatiens, though I thought they might. That means another dose of Liquid Fence is not required at the moment. The big news is – mama’s coat is already turning brownish-gray along her spine, beginning to spread down her sides. That’s her winter coat coming in. Seems a bit early to me.
But then again – the daylilies used to bloom in early to mid-July – this year, the flower stalks were dried and done by that time. They would, in the old normal, not have been dried and done until nearly September. A great display, lots of flowers. But on a faster time frame.
Same way with the peonies, which were totally done by Memorial Day, instead of just in the middle of their peak blooming.
And the finches went through an entire feeder of thistle from late morning through early evening today. A lot of them are clearly preparing for migration. Only a few usually migrate, the rest changing feathers from yellow to brownish. Today at one point, there were 15 on the feeder, with more waiting their turn.
On the other hand, the hummers, which usually take off on the dot of September 1, seem a bit less anxious. We shall see.
My buddies the cardinals are a constant on the patio and at the feeders. They are the first ones up in the morning, and the last ones to tuck themselves in in the evening. It’s nearly dark before they move out of the garden and off the patio. Pleasant dreams, Every One!