Monday, November 24, 2008

Light frosting.

The golden hours are between 9 and 11 AM, roughly the span between kindergarten drop-off and pick-up; not a lot of time to get anything done. One hopes that something interesting pops up in the neighbourhood, snow geese eating a field perhaps.

Today's novelty: light frost. Not enough to really wow you, but a subtle alteration of the world in general and the garden up the road in particular. You may notice here a cunning alternation between red and brown things.

Iris sp.

Several plants, or their remains, were knocked back a bit more than they had been. The patches of Gunnera are looking a bit forlorn (no picture included, for they were neither red nor brown).

Cotoneaster horizontalis. That's more like it.

Cat-tails almost always look interesting--today with drooping leaves.

The resident Anna's Hummingbird was a bit droopy too. He seemed to sit longer on the perches and ponder what to do next. It's hard to warm up when the syrup is ice-cold. Perhaps he has a tiny ice cream headache.


Crafty Gardener said...

Oh wow, you still have hummingbirds around. Are they year round residents?

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

birdie brain freeze, hahahaha

Hugh said...

Yes, Crafty. A recent development -- a Californian resident species that has spread northward in recent years. (See the link beneath the picture of the bird.)

Aunt Deb: Ha. it looks like that, doesn't it?!