There is always something going on in the garden, even in late November when the air is chilly. We’ve had several dark and overcast days, lovely rainy days to stay inside to sew or stitch or read. Then we get brilliantly sunny days that set the colors in the trees to light. While most of the leaves are now gone on the deciduous trees, there are still some left to enjoy. The birds are coming around a lot now too, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post.
It has been a couple of weeks since I saw the two young bachelor flocks of five turkeys each had combined into one larger flock. One is missing, as there are only nine now. I couldn’t get them to all stand up straight and pose for me.
They were more interested in chasing each other away from the tidbits I threw to them.
On the feeder, in the last of the warm days, a titmouse shares the bounty with a chickadee.
We have a flock of goldfinches wearing their winter drab that stay here year round.
A pair of cardinals live here too. The female seems to have finally figured out how to hold onto the bottom of the feeder. She had a hard time learning this trick.
Inside, the Thanksgiving cactus began its annual show. The pink flower spreads its petals wide, while the red one always curls like this.
This particular cold day was a fine time to make a quick meal of an Asian Noodle bowl and watch the feeder while I had lunch.
My Sweet Babboo put out the suet feeder when the nights were in the 30sF. It hadn’t been on the pole more than an hour when an Eastern Bluebird found it.
A second one was making good use of it too.
The downy woodpecker found the suet next.
The sunlight was fading this morning as the grey clouds you can see behind the mountain to the west of us were moving fast. It rained the rest of the day.
Later in the week, a nuthatch discovered the suet feeder.
Then the Carolina Wren found it.
Everyone was taking turns stuffing their beaks.
Inside, the Thanksgiving Cactus was revving up even more with lots of pink and red buds, along with two white ones.
Then, this gorgeous apricot color appeared.
A day later, the white one opened up.
I’ve never had this many blooms on this cactus at one time. This plant is 15 years old and this is the best it has ever done. It might be the granular fertilizer I put on it when I brought it inside this year.
Isn’t this pink color stunning?
Around the back side, more pink blooms and more buds for later.
At the hardware store, I saw the bin of paperwhite bulbs, almost empty. They had just a few left, of course on clearance, so I got three.
I had some river stones in the basement that I bought for another project that didn’t pan out. I dug out a clear Depression glass dish and put the stones in it in a shallow layer, just high enough for a nice amount of water to be under the bulbs.
Placing the bulbs next to each other, more stones are added to hold them in place.
The great thing about clear dishes is you can see the water line, so you don’t fill too much. The bottom of the bulbs cannot be in standing water or they will rot.
Hopefully, I’ll have some pretty paperwhite flowers in a few weeks.
In the Carolina room, the geraniums didn’t get the memo that it is not the growing season, LOL! They are getting larger, putting on new leaves, and blooming again.
The amaryllis bulbs are still dormant. I’ll bring them inside in a couple more weeks and see if they will give me another year of blooms.
Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the Thanksgiving cactus as it puts on a stunning show.
There is still time to put bulbs in the ground for spring flowers. I had all good intentions of adding to the daffodils but just didn’t get to it. Ah well, maybe next year. What is happening in your garden?
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