The first Adenium bloom of the year. I'd noticed the buds earlier and had forgotten about them. Normally I wouldn't have, but with all the different butterflies that I'm after, even blooms have taken a backseat!
A wispy, spidery bloom lands on the coleus.
The tomatoes that I grew from seeds are ready to be picked now. The first small batch is in the basket. There were too many plants for me from that packet. So I gave a whole pot of tomato plants to my neighbour who in turn gave half of them to her neighbour! One packet of seeds and three families! Not to mention the friends and relatives that the tomatoes will go to!
Yesterday's pickings. The cherry tomatoes re-seed every year. It's a yearly staple here!
A pair of bulbuls are nesting in my garden. Initially, I thought they were in this birdhouse. But I found out they're in the palm trees growing next to this Ashoka tree.
Part of the palm trees can be seen here.
Through the thick foliage, only a bit of the nest can be seen. I'll have to be extremely careful if I need to remove dead leaves-- I wouldn't want to scare them in any way.
Here are photos of the nesting pair. I'd been working in this area,re-arranging pots, and watering the plants-it's looking messy-- when the bulbuls landed. Luckily I had the camera ready. I managed a shot before they sensed that somebody was around.
The pair on the blackberry tree.
The Common Palm Fly butterfly is always around. Just like the Cabbage Whites. Look who else is there in the photo?! Sometimes, something else other than the subject you were concentrating on, shows up in the photos. Here, I wasn't even aware that I'd shot this strange looking insect too.
Thought I'd take another shot when I saw movement and I clicked. And I'm glad I did because when I realized I'd just shot an insect I did not recognize, I kept looking for it but it'd disappeared in the midst of all that foliage.
A frog I've never seen before was on this recently transplanted shrub. I noticed it as I watered the plants this afternoon. Throughout the photo-shoot, it sat there, still, unmoving... Now, if only a hummingbird moth would also pose like that......!!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau