Monday, July 12, 2010

Bloomin' Tuesday

Happy Bloomin' Tuesday! There's a lot going on in our garden this time of year. Flowers, fruits, and veggies have all taken root and are strutting their stuff. We've already sampled our vine-ripened tomatoes. The cherries are ruby red, and the peaches are getting ripe. Usually, I highlight the flora in our yard, but today I'm going to introduce you to some of the fauna that has taken up residence within the confines of our property. See those pink flamingos to the left? They aren't ours. (I'm such a tease.) Although I have never consider putting one of those "delightful" knickknacks in our yard, we do have a medley of motley creatures taking up residence in our gardens.

This is "Grizzley" -- "Grizz" for short. He's a friendly sort and welcomes friends and neighbors to our backyard...

Kermit, named after his famous second-cousin once removed, is a hard one to spot, but today he's nestled amongst the impatiens staying out of the hot sun...

This is Peter. You can usually find him in the perennial flower bed. He stands still as a statue when I take his picture. Such an accommodating fellow...

A few years back my boys were playing their traditional paint ball game in our backyard. It's an obnoxious little game where each takes his turn at being "the target." Don't judge. I would never have permitted this game when they were younger, but I get a perverse kind of pleasure in watching them whack each other now that they're grown. Later that evening we were hosting a wedding reception at another location for son #4 and his new bride. The boys asked if they could play the game and I said "yes", under three conditions. 1.) Clean up after yourselves. 2.) Don't hit Mr. Squirrel. (Please see photo below and note the location of Mr. Squirrel in relation to "the target.") And 3.) Don't shoot each other in the face because there would be a photographer at the reception, and I didn't want purplish welts on anyone's face in the wedding photos. I thought those were reasonable requests.

Soon after I came outside to find Mr. Squirrel covered in orange paint. Son #3's excuse... "I hadn't hit anything all day. Who would have thought I'd actually hit the sorry sucker?" As you can see Mr. Squirrel no longer sports an orange-ish hue, however I wouldn't say he's fully recovered...

Our feathered friends taking bird baths...

Another bunny wrapped in foliage...

"Kitty" is tucked under a tree by our front door. When she was younger, she would cause friends coming up the walkway to our front door to take a second look. Now that she's older and a little weathered she doesn't cause so many double takes. She's a favorite of mine. My mother bought this for me in California years ago. It's a painted rock. She didn't realize how heavy it was until after she paid for it and went to pick it up. Then because they loved me, she and my dad lugged that feline through two airports before it was unceremoniously dropped it into my lap. Whenever I look at her I think of them...

Have a great Bloomin' Tuesday.
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18 comments:

Tolentreasures said...

I love this post! I seldom think of all the critters that reside in my yard, but I have many of the same ones and a few other assorted ones here and there. Interesting!
Love the paintball story, isn't it fun to watch the "adult" kids? I love it when they are all here, I just sit and watch the interaction!

Cathy

Darla said...

You have some neat critters hanging out in your gardens.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Happy Tuesday! I enjoyed seeing your critters and hearing about your sons shenanigans. The kitty is my favorite of the bunch.

Your impatiens are pretty.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What would a garden be without the ornamental critters that fill it. Loved the paintball story.

Cynthia L. said...

I don't have a son, but what they did sounds like something my daughter and partner would do! They were always big on water gun fights - water guns don't do too much damage! The birds did get knocked off my St. Francis statue because of one water gun fight.

My mother is always bringing things to me. I had to laugh at your mom bringing you the cat. What a sweetheart though.

Melissa said...

Mr Squirrel and the 'over-weight' kitty are definitely my favorites.

Julie Harward said...

I love the bear and the bird bath, so cute and the story of the paintball fight! I love little things like this in my yard too, gives it personality! :D

Becca's Dirt said...

Love your garden art.

Bonnie said...

Love that painted kitty rock. Your garden art is wonderful!

perennialgardener said...

You have a wonderful assortment of creatures in the garden. That paintball story cracked me up, poor Mr. Squirrel though... :)

Paula said...

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing. Paula in Idaho

Jean said...

Great post! You know I love garden 'art' and your critters are all adorable! Happy Gardening!Jean

Zoey said...

I love all of your critters, especially the bear and the cat rock. What a wonderful story to go along with the rock.

Tina said...

You have such a beautiful garden Suzanne and I love all of your critters:) Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

Sandy said...

What a nice assortment of critters scattered around your yard... I just love it!
Sandy
thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

Alyssa said...

I did a double-take of the kitty rock.. hehe


Alyssa @ Beholding the Beauty

Julie said...

I would ove to be able to paint a rock like your kitty!!! So sweet.

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Cute paint ball story!! I can not wait to have those stories!! And I know I will because our son is ALL BOY and THEN SOME!! He brings me bugs and sticks and rocks and poop on sticks and I love it!!!!