One of the blogs I visit from time to time has a (weekly?) feature called "A Second Look" where the blogger takes pictures of fauna and flora she re-discovers, usually in her own backyard. The blog is called "Live & Learn, Toss & Turn" and these are her second look posts. She gets gorgeous feathered visitors, I'm so jealous :)
I like the idea of this because I'm someone who tends to not be very observant in the first place (too many thoughts, too many things to do, and lots of impatience!).
And today I needed this to center me. I've been feeling out of sorts the whole month and especially this week. This morning the depression monster hit hard and I needed to do something right away to try to drag myself out of its claws. So I grabbed my camera (not the one pictured up there, though, I used my Canon Powershot SD 4500 IS this morning) and headed to my backyard.
Spring is a truly wondrous time when so many things are growing and blooming and everything is pretty much teeming with life if we spot to notice it. It was far too hot and humid for me to sit down and wait for birds to come to my feeder (well, and also too late in the day since it was already noon, come to think of it!), but I did stop to observe the flowers and growth in my garden. It might sound corny, but it gives me hope, and hope is what I need right now.
So here are the beautiful happenings that I observed in my garden today.
The Promise of Good Things to Eat:
|A sweet potato flower|
|All the rain from the past couple of days finally persuaded 3 peanuts to germinate. I guess the squirrels didn't get all of them after all...|
|The zucchini seedlings were entertaining visitors... Roma tomatoes from the next bin over had dropped by to ask if they|
|The collar green seedlings are starting to get their distinctive leaves and are leaving their babyhood behind...|
|I had 3 eggplant flowers this morning!|
|A new serrano pepper flower appeared, and with it a tiny spider|
|This strawberry flower was hiding under its foliage. The camera didn't focus on it but that's OK. I love how plump and hairy the strawberry leaves are...|
|The Supersweet 100 tomato plant is still flowering. So much promise in those tiny yellow flowers!|
|Basil blooms (the camera had trouble focusing in the sunlight!)|
|The tiny, delicate rosemary flowers have closed up now, I wonder if they will drop seeds?|
|Bibb lettuce flowers that will give me more lettuce seeds in a couple of months.|
Weeds, you say?
|I can never get the camera to pick up the proper color of those flowers but they're the most delicate mauve...|
A few flowers that aren't weeds!
|These appeared on the tiny begonias that I got for free from the library last Earth Day!|
|The promise of jasmine blooms, soon!|
|The only vinca flower in my garden, but what a beauty!|
|Can you see it? Here, take another look...|
|This is a Euglossa Dilemma or Green Orchid Bee. I had never seen one before! It was... disconcerting to see an emerald green bee on the flower, to say the least!|
|And I think the Japanese boxwood that's planted right behind them got jealous because it developed|
orange leaves too!
|Wanna guess what those are?|
|They're the basil seeds that I collected from those dried up basil blooms that I had cut a couple of days ago. Yep, free is even better than Dollar Tree seeds :)|