"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May."
Edwin Way Teale
In many ways there isn't another single month quite like the month of May. May brings all the glory of buds and blooms worked towards so diligently in the months of Feb/Mar/April. Flowers popping out everywhere... greenery and foliage filling out with each new day.
In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it. ~Frank McKinney Hubbard
The sun has gone down on this spectacular thirty-one days of Florida gardening bliss with our cool, clear mornings and breezy, sunny evenings.
Hoe & Shovel experienced several "firsts" this spring. One being the previously mentioned vegetable garden. Another being first time online bare root plant buying/planting.
Walking about the garden this evening doing the daily hand-watering I spotted the first open bloom of the Olive Bailey day lilies planted (bare root) in March. This is kind of a surprise as the plants aren't very tall like the many other day lilies I've had for years. For the past week or so I've noticed the buds popping out of the scant greenery. Admittedly --just the appearance of the buds was enough to get happy over.
It was a thrill to look down and see its deep purple petals completely unfurled. Yes, I gasped in delight and surprise all at once. I proceeded to run get my camera as if the flower was going to fly away (like those tiny little birds do) before I could get back to it.
Who's Looking at Who Here?
We have been without rain for so long it seems all the little birdies are desperate for water. Shortly after filling the bird baths tonight, there was much activity in the fresh waters. Usually when one of these tiny birds (above) flies around me my camera is nowhere near me. Walking around the corner after the day lily photos, I was able to capture a few bird bath scenes. Would love some help identifying the little fellow above. It has a yellow lower mandible, yellow legs and feet and is less that 5" long. The photo is not great- I was a little too far away.
Turning to my left, another bird bath was being used by a Tufted Tit-Mouse taking advantage of the cool, fresh water.
Lastly a short video of another Tit-Mouse flitting about in the water.
"Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on."
Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs