Mid-May in the Yard

Bee May 16

Earlier this week some parts of our area had overnight frost, then temperatures flared into the eighties. Bees and hover flies responded to the summer-like conditions with greatly increased activity, much to the delight of our Fourth of July rose.

Hoverfly May 15

Unfortunately, other insect activity also increased. The daisies and petunias were somewhat less delighted.

Daisy Damage May 15

Petunia Damage May 15

And this damselfly had to be rescued from an abandoned spider web.

Damselfly May 7

Damselfly May 7

While increasing insect activity gave me the opportunity to experiment with my camera’s macro functions, the yard’s quickening was visible on larger scales, as well. The cardinals’ nestlings fledged last week, which led to a few days of frantic visits to the feeder, followed by conspicuous absence as the little family moved on to explore other yards.

Cardinal May 2

The squirrel kittens never returned, after that one brief visit, but the adult squirrels have been growing more playful and tolerant of each other as they approach the beginning of a new breeding season. Perhaps there will be more kittens, later this summer.

Squirrels May 2

Squirrels May 2

Squirrels May 9

Perhaps there will be more of everything. Especially more long, lazy afternoons with bright pools of sunshine and breezy, open windows.

Rabbit May 2

Cat May 9

Cat May 15

In a word, more serenity.

Daisies May 15

(During my spring flower frenzy, I bought the flowers in the above photo because their labels said “Serenity”. They are Serenity series African daisies, and I’ve planted them right beside the front door…)

7 thoughts on “Mid-May in the Yard

  1. Sharon Poch May 23, 2013 / 10:39 AM

    My wish is to be reincarnated as one of your kitties–what a life!

  2. bardessdmdenton May 19, 2013 / 3:55 PM

    Kitty has sure bought into lazy! Why not? Up here in NYS we are behind you in annual flower planting – my frenzy is yet to begin! But it is high 70’s today and everything already in the ground is flourishing.

    The photos and your words take me right into the color and activity and serenity of your garden, Rae! And I love those daisies – hope to find some. Blessings, Diane XO

  3. Angela May 18, 2013 / 10:33 PM

    Gorgeous — and I love those daisies!

  4. jeanryan1 May 18, 2013 / 2:32 PM

    Love the rabbit in repose. And saving a damselfly, well that’s a fine day’s work.

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