When we transplanted red bee balm from the field to the evolving sanctuary garden a self-seeded radicchio plant hitched a ride. Now we'll have this lovely blue self-seeding here and there throughout a second garden space. Really thrilled about that.
Today is J's birthday. He shares the date with Mary - a detail that's always been very significant to his mother. We really like our statue in her replacement position. It will be major dollars to "fix" the tree situation in a total way but J has a plan for getting the rest of the fallen trunk removed from her stone pedestal. Might not get to it until spring though. I may decide She needs to live on the porch for the winter to prevent a snowblowing catastrophe.
love this moody shot of the Maple by the front door.
before I brought out the camera I rescued a drone from the birdbath. The creature was super waterlogged and inert but I had a sense of life presence so I carried the bee to a large burdock leaf nearby. The wet spot is where I put him to expell and groom away water. When I first put him down he moved just two legs very feebly. This pic was taken about 20 minutes later. You can see his wings are still plastered to his body. Also, at the time I took this pic I was dismayed to think he was missing his front left leg.
This pic was taken about a half an hour later. The bee is very nearly completely dry, his left front leg is fine, and he'd traveled about three and a half feet to the very tip of the leaf. Seemed as if he was waiting for his wings to dry a little more before taking off. When I came back from putting my camera in the house he'd gone ...