Monday, July 28, 2008

Bits and Pieces

We share the environment with lots of deer. That said, my neighbor has been determined to grow lilies. As most of you may know, deer think of lilies as the best dessert around. They often pull off the large buds, not waiting for them to open. My friend has carefully watered, fertilized, and regularly spread deer deterrent around and on her lilies. They were beginning to bud when she left for a long vacation. She asked me to water her plants and care for her lilies.

The lilies are in full bloom, and I doubt they will still be blooming in another two weeks when my neighbor returns. I took my camera over and made a few photographs of her gorgeous lilies. At least she will have the pictures to enjoy.

Walking back to our house, I saw this butterfly, enjoying the Bleeding Hearts.
I came back and sat on the deck for half an hour, hoping to catch the little Pileated Woodpecker make a try for the suet feeder. No such luck. But I did turn around to find an obliging hummingbird.
Sometimes beauty comes at unexpected times.


KGMom said...

So nice of you to take photos so your neighbor will have evidence that the lilies bloomed.

Catherine said...

I share my yard and gardens with lots of deer and other critters, I know exactly what you mean!! My stargazer and other lilies did manage to bloom , without being eaten this yr., although the deer did devour every tomato bush, squash, and cucumbers and my beautiful limelight hydrangas blooms and several of my roses last night! :(
Very nice of you to photograph your neighbors lilies for her to enjoy when she gets back!! ~If only you could capture the magnificant scent of the stargazers for her to enjoy too when she gets back! :) Great capture of the hummer too!!

The Birdlady said...

All very, very beautiful - of course, I love the hummer best - what else is new?!!

Cicero Sings said...

Oh, I didn't know that about deer and lilies! My sister sent me some lily bulbs last year and they are all nicely in bud. We have only that one little buck that goes through once in a while ... so far so good. I've cages etc set up to sort of put them off of my garden. My girlfriend up north has a terrible time ... the deer regularly clean up on her flowers ... even those that aren't supposed to be so tasty to deer!

Jayne said...

I am sure your neighbor will enjoy seeing that they did indeed bloom. :c) Love the sweet hummer.

Kerri Farley said...

Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies! What more could one ask for in a post! These are SOOOOO Lovely! Well done!

Dog_geek said...

Beautiful pictures - I love lillies! I keep trying to capture a picture of one of the zillions of hummingbirds we have, but I'm just too slow!

NCmountainwoman said...

Donna - I think she will be surprised (and delighted).

Catherine - Thanks for visiting. Sorry I couldn't bottle the scent.

Helen - Not up to your hummingbirds, but I'm glad you liked it.

Cicero - I'm surprised you don't have lots of deer. Good luck on your lilies.

Jayne - Thanks. She really was sorry she was going to miss the lilies.

Kerri - Amazing. That was what I almost titled the post.

Dog Geek - Thanks. I was lucky to catch the hummer. Our have been very fast this year as well, sipping quickly and flying away.

Mary said...

ooooo. Lovely hummer, Carolyn! You have it all. Wonderful.