The last couple days have been interesting ones in my garden, with some equally-interesting visitors. On Monday, I heard a loud buzzing, like the sound of only slightly distant motorcycles. I followed my ears to discover a roving swarm of honeybees up in the trees. Eventually, they settled on a branch and have pretty much stayed there, though they've shifted a bit on the branch.
Their chosen branch put them a bit out of the reach of my camera lense for a good picture, but this cropped image gives you an idea. At one point, the swarm was tightly clustered at the tip of the branch, hanging there like a large pineapple. They've since shifted further up the branch and aren't visible. This is the second time I've seen a wild swarm on the property, though the previous time they passed through quickly.
And today, another unusual sighting, a mother raccoon and three kits. I've seen raccoons out during the day once or twice, but this is the first time I've seen one with babies in tow. I spotted her approaching the base of a tree off-frame to the left. She climbed up a couple feet, but didn't go any higher. Turns out she was collecting her litter, who were further up the tree. They all clambered down, head first, and set off to a new location.
Unfortunately, these pictures also give you a glimpse of the logging that was done on the adjacent property, and some of the junk on that property. We're all hoping these rhododendrons, and some yews that we planted along the fence, will grow quickly to block the view. Back to the cute little raccoons. I like this picture, capturing one in mid-hop on the left.
Mom and one kid are heading off, but the two stragglers spot something fun at the base of this rhododendron. With so much natural woodland in this area, I've yet to see any mischief that might be caused by raccoons, unlike gardeners in more suburban or urban areas. So, I just get to enjoy watching them. This must be what other people feel like when they see deer.
Mom spots the dawdlers. Hey! Put the dirt clods down and hurry up! We're moving!
I've been enjoying the cooler weather this week, taking the opportunity to give my recent drought-tolerant additions like the Arctostaphylos, Ceanothus, and Grevilleas a much-needed drink, along with all my other, thirstier plants. It's been tricky keeping some of them alive during the heat, as watering those plants when it's too hot can kill them quickly. I'm already loving being able to stay in one place, instead of moving twice a week for work. Things feel much less hectic and pressured, though my schedule is actually going to be even more full than when I was working two jobs. Now I'll be buckling down with my studies, leaving sufficient time for my online work and gardening, of course. I'm hoping with less chaos I'll be able to return to more regular blogging as I find my new rhythm, but I won't bother making any promises. Summer is the time for getting stuff done in the garden! Not writing about it!