It’s being another rainy summer, thanks to El Nino. With just enough hot weather to make the radishes bolt! As with last year, the tomatoes in the greenhouse don’t mind a bit; the plants are getting really big, and tomatoes the size of golf balls are on a number of them. The lemon and slicing cucumbers are covered with blossoms, and the lemon cucumbers are starting to fill in nicely. The sweet pepper plants have little tiny peppers forming, too!
tomatoes with cucumber leaves showing too
We’ve already eaten several zuchinnis, the kohlrabi are starting to fatten up, the spinach is pretty much done for (yummy while it lasted) and the beets look to be doing well – I’ve been picking some of the greens and steaming them for lunches. The flowers are all doing fantastic; I planted some schizanthus this year – aka “poor man’s orchid” – and they are blooming like crazy.
Poor Man’s Orchid – Schizanthus
The most fun thing so far this year is the robin that built a nest right outside Mom’s arctic entry door. It flies off every time we go on the porch or open the door, but it doesn’t go far. She laid two eggs in June,
Robin’s eggs in the nest
both hatched (probably on July 10; the picture is from July 11),
Baby birds, 2 days old
and I’ve been taking pictures almost every day. Day 3, July 11:
Baby birds, three days old
They grow SO FAST! The third egg is one I found and put in the nest; it didn’t hatch but it works great to show scale. By day 6, July 14, they would wake up and holler for food anytime they heard a noise. And they “bounce” up so it’s hard to get a picture that isn’t blurry!
Baby birds, day 6 – mouth open wide!
By day 7 they were starting to grow wing feathers. By day 9 they are starting to look like birds, feathering in nicely. And their eyes are open!
baby birds day 9 – feathered
On day 11, they look really cute – still some “hair feathers” sticking up on their heads like little ears. And they sit still more often, if they’re full.
Baby birds, day 11 – very cute in a Three Stooges kind of way
The mom seems to be feeding them well. I can’t actually tell if it’s just one parent or two; robins all look alike to me. LOL! The last picture was from the 19th; I didn’t have a chance to take one yesterday. Hopefully the light will be good enough today to take more photos. I’m really enjoying watching them grow.