The other day our gloomy skies cleared and when I saw the sun popping out from behind the clouds, I grabbed my camera and took a few snapshots of my garden. The sun didn't stay out long and before I knew it, raindrops were falling again. Actually, I am very thankful for the rain, we have been in a drought for a couple of years.
Walking around the garden, I spied this pretty red tulip flower just laying on the ground. Mr. Squirrel does this almost annually! Squirrels must think these are some luscious berry or fruit. They usually chomp out a big hunk of the flower and promptly spit it out when they find it is Not a luscious piece of fruit! This time Squirrel just bit it off at the base of the flower and then must have realized his mistake. Maybe my squirrels are getting smarter!
I rescued the pretty red tulip and placed it in a shallow bowl of water. I think it looks rather lovely there! I have so few tulips, that I usually don't cut them and bring them in. Maybe my squirrel did me a favor after all! Now I can enjoy this pretty little tulip close up.
These yellow parrot tulips do not seem to attract the squirrels attention like the red ones do. These have been in the garden for three years now. That is actually pretty good for our climate, most only last one season and never return.
I feel so fortunate that I am able to have time to enjoy my garden and all the incredible wildlife that visits. Even though the little critters chew off my flowers or steal my strawberries, I would never harm them because this has been their home much longer than mine. I hope where ever you are today that you have some time to stop and smell the flowers too.
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished"
Laozi (6th Century BC), China