(My apologies to John Steinbeck for the Title of this post!)
We had company over the Memorial Day weekend. They were delightful and we so enjoyed showing off our little corner of Heaven. They, in turn, gifted us with an oh so appropriate hostess gift from their corner of the world. This week, UPS delivered the most unique bird house we have ever seen! It's made of California wine country grape vines/roots and lots of ingenuity.
For the past couple of years, we have had a little brown bat roosting in our deck umbrella every day. He doesn't seem to mind when we open the umbrella and returns every dawn to sleep. I've been doing a bit of research on the internet and have discovered that bats are our friends, each one eating between 500 and 1000 mosquitoes every evening! My kind of friend, so, we ordered a bat house that will eventually, hopefully, encourage a 100 bat colony to roost in our neighborhood. We shall keep you informed as to our success in attracting these voracious insect vacuums.On another note, the blooms are beginning to burst in the garden. This morning, the first of the brilliant Oriental Poppies bloomed! They are absolutely spectacular, however, alas, only grace us with their beauty for such a short time.
The New Dawn Rose blushed forth with her first bud, and beside the dusky purple of the May Night Salvia, they are positively stunning!
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