The Adirondacks got spruced up last week with new chair pillows.
They really need a paint touch-up but since I don't have time for that right now, I figured pillows would be the easiest, fastest fix.
The black & red fabric really "pops" against the lime green, don't you think?
and there's the vintage wheelbarrow but before we explore that further, see the plant in the purple pot??
That would be Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' ~ my first foray into the world of double flowered echinaceas.
The melon color swayed me.
I like it a lot newly blooming (as it is in the above photos), but we shall see how I feel when the top doubles and no longer has that traditional coneflower look!!!
Okay, now we can get back to the vintage wheelbarrow.
Planted this year with Salvia, Zinnias, calibrachoa and lantana.
I'm interested to see how the additions (Salvia & calibrachoa) look by summers end.
The bees are sure enjoying the Salvia addition and I'm thinking when the hummingbirds show up, they will too.
Finally, as promised, the orioles!
My daughter was in the hospital when they showed up this year. I'm glad they didn't give up on me when I wasn't here right away to feed them.
I think I have fewer pairs than normal but not by much.
In the above photos, the Bullock's oriole male is chattering/warning another male overhead, not to approach the feeder while he's there!
It worked too because this one only landed after the top male left!
One of the interesting things I've noted while watching them come to the feeders over the past years, is that there is definitely a pecking order with the males. But a female oriole always usurps a male. In other words, if a male is at the feeder when a female arrives, he leaves. Simple as that.
How gentlemanly is that??!!!
p.s. In case you're interested, Adirondack pillows were ordered from Improvements Catalog and they just happen to be having a sale right now! *wink, wink*
p.s.s. Thanks to everyone for your kind comments toward my daughter. She continues to have intensive therapy and things are slowly getting better.