I was thinking (rather mistakenly) that the garden was in a lull.
Oh there are a few things blooming, like Monarda 'Coral Reef:'
A stunning, almost inflorescent pink Bee Balm, much loved by bumblebees.
But, as I touched on in the Western Kingbird post, the garden is so much more than the blooms it flaunts.
There is bird life. Above: Male Bullock's Oriole on sugar water feeder.
the fluttering of butterflies (Western Tiger Swallowtail on Lantana)
Quick and agile Amphibians, like the baby toad pictured above. This year the garden has been inundated by toads. More specifically, baby toads.
They are everywhere ~ even in the window wells (like the four pictured above.) It's impossible to tell scale from my photos but these toads are all only dime or nickel size!!
Their population explosion has attracted another visitor:
A Western Hognose Snake!
Excuse the bad photo, I was lucky to get it at all. Apparently they feed predominantly on amphibians! A virtual smorgasbord awaits in my garden.... But hold up. Let's backtrack.
Before photographing the snake, I had noticed the smallest baby bunny I'd ever seen, quivering near the house:
He barely seemed able to move around. I wondered if he was too small to be out of the nest; which I believed to be under the overhang of my dining room bay window.
Exactly the spot the snake's head is emerging from!!!!!
Look closely at the photo above & notice the top of the bunnies head at the very bottom of the photo with the hognose snake about a foot above. I don't know what happened to this baby bunny. He was gone in the morning & I haven't seen the snake since either. I have a theory the snake could still be digesting a whole nest of bunnies...
On a happier note, the garden is again home to hummingbirds!
We wait all year for the two short months they liven up the landscape in and around our garden.
Photo below is of note because it shows the small spot of orange on the juvenile hummingbirds throat:
Over the next year, this spot will spread until it covers his whole throat in a blaze of color.
A fiery sight to behold.
I strung garden lights this year mostly for their benefit:
They love to perch, preen, view & defend their territory from the suspended strings.
Oh no, the garden is definitely NOT in a "lull."
Far from it....