Garden supports attract birds (goldfinches)

Last year we tried using twine to support our peas (remember, giggling twine), this year we bought a pea trellis to make life a bit simpler and to help increase our yield.  Both of those things have been true so far and we've been pleasantly surprised by the fact that we've inadvertly created a playground for goldfinches. 
Our attempt to corral our indeterminate tomatoes with a Florida Weave was not to be repeated.  That's far too much maintance for The Silliest Garden.  Instead, we're just using cages, plan on staking as we go along, and we are almost looking forward to the unruly mess of what will be another wonderful Tomato Forest.  The goldfinches love the tomato supports too!
This sweet little bird perched near our garden sign.  Such a cheerful sight on a rainy day!
bird decorates garden sign



Ducks in the swimming pool


Mr. and Mrs. Mallard moved in on the cold and rainy Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.  They nestled their beaks into their feathers and settled down for the night.  The next morning, Handsome awoke at 6 and shouted thru the house, “the ducks are still at the pool!”  They flew off a while later and returned for a rest around 10:30 and back again that night.  For the next several days they followed this schedule, sometimes landing in the pool with a grand splash, always departing with their signature “quack, quack, quack.”  It was awesome!  We had pet ducks! 
Then we realized that ducks swimming in the pool are great when it is raining out and we are stuck inside with the heat on...but, in a few more days we’d want to be swimming in the pool.  It took several days of consistently scaring the ducks away before they found their way back to their own pond at the end of our street.

A week later, when the pool was crystal clear and Handsome and Perfect were the only “ducks” swimming in it, Mr. Mallard swooped down and splashed right in -- with the kids in the pool!  It was hilarious!  That crazy duck!  I chased him off with a net and he was most displeased.  
We put the solar cover on the pool and it no longer looks like a pond.  The ducks have moved back to their real pond.  We wave hello each time we pass by.  

The garden has gifted us with strawberries, peas, spinach and lettuce and we are celebrating each harvest with glee! We'll tell you all about the strawberries soon!  :)

Gray Tree Frogs in Massachusetts

This year when our pool opened for the season it was particularly green.  It usually takes a couple of days to balance the water but we hit a cold spell and the pool water stayed green a little longer.   

tree frog in massachusetts
Handsome discovered this tree frog clinging to the post on the pool gate.  As soon as I saw it I thought it was a tree frog from the way it was hugging the post and because it was so high on the post.  We find frogs often but, they are always on the ground.  
Love the scientist who is wearing a magnifying glass on his neck and coaxing the tree frog into his hand while never loosening his grasp on his bear. 
The frog stayed on the post all day and everyone in the family took turns holding him and letting him climb on their clothes (except for me of course). 

We were delighted to learn that we do have tree frogs in Massachusetts although, they are very rare to see.  

That night we went out to check on the frog concerned that he may try to swim in the chemical filled pool.  We were surprised to find two tree frogs inches from the pool ready to mate.  Gary scooped up the frogs and we began walking to the nearby swamp to return them.  The moon was half full and a bat swooped down between us.  The air was thick with mosquitoes. Literally.  We journeyed on to return these sweet frogs to a more appropriate mating spot.  

The next morning handsome found a tree frog at the pool again.  We tried to catch him in a bucket but he jumped into the pool.  I was just able to get him out with a net, then we washed him with fresh water and returned him to the swamp.  A few hours later he was back again!  We returned him to the swamp again.  We haven’t seen a tree frog since.  But the ducks came the next day.