Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunny Sunday

First, thank you for all your kind words about our dear Deuce. They are very much appreciated.

But Deuce was a happy  cat, and he'd want us to focus on the things that make us smile... so...
While I was disappointed that the Indian Blanket sunflowers were not as advertised, I have to admit they have been a nice addition to the garden this year... not just because they are pretty....
They are a pollinator paradise.  If you're one of those people afraid of bees, my yard is not the  place for you. It's a postage stamp backyard crammed to the gills with bee-friendly plants and there are days it's literally buzzing out there! The sunflowers are a definite bee favourite.
 No matter the type... we've got sweat bees, honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees.... But it's not just the bees stopping by for these big yellow beauties. They are a favourite of the ubiquitous white cabbage butterflies (there's ALWAYS one or two fluttering around the yard), but they've also attracted some other friends...
It took a lot of patience and running about...
 But I finally got some pics of our Monarch friend! I've actually seen quite a few Monarchs this year (which I hope is a good sign)...
... and they seem particularly fond of the sunflowers.

But it's not just insects... the sunflowers have invited one last unexpected guest...
The pictures aren't great, because I had to snap them through the glass of the back door - but these beautiful little finches are regulars in the yard now.
There's a 50/50 chance that there will be one flitting about when I look out the door. And it seems as if they've been having quite the feast!

8 comments:

Araignee said...

Those are some spectacular photos. Well done you!!!

Delighted Hands said...

What wonderful secondary perks to the garden! I like that you have taken the time to notice them-not everyone does!

Cat Lover said...

Oh, I imagine it is heaven in your backyard! Great photos of such gorgeous flowers.

Mereknits said...

The sunflowers are beautiful and a great way to attract all those wonderful bees, butterflies and birds. Enjoy!

The Well Fed Wheel said...

I guess I'm one of those people who couldn't come into your yard because I'm allergic to bees but I love the butterflies and that sunflower!

D. Kissinger said...

Have the finches been eating the sunflower seeds before they are even ripe?

Your yard is so lovely with all the critters and flowers and YAY for honeybees!

kathy b said...

Hooray for all the pollinators. Im happy to say a few have taken up nesting in my pollinator boxes. Im thrilled. I need more butterflies though!

Vera said...

Beautiful! Love the goldfinches. They can brighten up any day!