Gardening: Hawks, Raccoons, Sunflowers and a Bonsai

Well disaster struck last week at the pond. Some animal, probably a raccoon, busted up the pond plants and ate two koi. I can’t blame him – but it was disappointing. I think it was a raccoon because there was one-half of a green tomato by the pond. Something brought it all the way from the greenhouse. I’ve replaced the plants and the koi – and I’ve provided a tunnel for the fish to hide out when the beast returns. I’m sure he’ll be back. In the meantime the family of hawks are dining well. I believe they are eating small birds and rabbits.

Hawk on the roof

Hawk on the roof

Next door this red tail hawk has become comfortable. I think he is rather vain. He stayed in front of this mirror for a very long time. There are very few finches in the yard now. I guess they are savvy enough to stay away. Too bad because I have lots of sunflower seeds for the birds to eat.

This hawk is enjoying my neighbor's mirror.

This hawk is enjoying my neighbor's mirror.

The next photograph is a close up of the bonsai juniper. It’s doing well. Apparently nothing wants to eat it (yet).

Juniper

Juniper

Right now is a wonderful time to wander around in the garden. There has been just enough rain to encourage the plants to grow. Most of the plants I have love the heat and the humidity. I still need to water them when we have extra hot days. My sunflowers are taller than the garage now.

Tall Sunflowers

Tall Sunflowers

That’s broccholi growing in the wooden container. Having a backyard garden would not be a good idea for anyone who hates bugs. I have lots of spiders and buzzing insects busy in the garden now. I don’t mind. I love all of it: the plants, the fish, the bugs, the hawks, even the resourceful raccoon. It is amazing to me that this is possible in the city.

 

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