Cleaning the Awning — and Wildflowers

Wild Carrots (Queen Anne's Lace) with one flower head birdsnesting (folding up to ripen the seeds)

Wild Carrots (Queen Anne’s Lace) with one flower head birdsnesting (folding up to ripen the seeds)

Underneath a wild carrot flower

Underneath a wild carrot flower

Today Ron and I scrubbed the mildew (all we could get) off the Casita’s awning.  I applied mildew remover, rolled up the awning and let it set for a while, opened the awning, sprayed some more, scrubbed, then hosed it off.  And then did it again.  There are some stains I couldn’t remove entirely.  Maybe I’ll buy the kind of mildew cleaner that foams the next time and see if it will get it all.

I got sidetracked from packing for the trip when I caught a glimpse of wild carrots by the road.  And then I took off on rabbit trails chasing more photos.  I’ll get back to the packing this evening. 🙂

Closeup of the birdsnest.  It will eventually be bullet shaped.

Closeup of the birdsnest. It will eventually be bullet shaped.

Another shot

Another shot

Baby bracken leaves

Baby bracken leaves

Baby white oak leaves (I think)

Baby white oak leaves (I think)

This is the first time I have seen this type of gall on dandelion leaves.  I think it's caused by a midge or a mite.

This is the first time I have seen this type of gall on dandelion leaves. I think it’s caused by a midge or a mite.

I adore dandelion flowers!

I adore dandelion flowers!

Aren't they gorgeous?  :)

Aren’t they gorgeous? 🙂

Greenbrier shoot

Greenbrier shoot

We've had lots of rain lately.

We’ve had lots of rain lately.

New rose leaves

New rose leaves

New rosebud

New rosebud

Oxeye daisies

Oxeye daisies

This tiny little pipsissewa plant only had one flower

This tiny little pipsissewa plant only had one flower

I'm sad to see these poisonous mushrooms sprouting up around the yard

I’m sad to see these poisonous mushrooms sprouting up around the yard

Yellow clover

Yellow clover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Fruits and Flowers & Ukulele Update

Plums are beginning to ripen

Despite the brutal heat wave, nature continues her eternal cycles.  Late in the day, when the yard is in shade, is when I enjoy getting outdoors and enjoying the display.

Our plums are beginning to ripen.  We’ve already picked half a dozen.  Soon we’ll have more than we know what to do with!

An ant enjoys the half plum that another critter nibbled on and discarded.

The figs, and wild blackberries and wild black cherries are also maturing nicely.

Wild oxeye daisies are blooming.

And another year is almost halfway gone.  That’s a significant milestone when your hair is silver.  🙂

I am REALLY enjoying my ukulele.  I’m working on combining simple picking and chording for the most elementary introduction to fingerstyle playing.  It is so rewarding.  I also do a lot of soft chording and singing (HAH!) after Ron is in bed in the evenings.  It’s my special time in a very special dimension where music is the only language that is spoken.

Baby figs

Blackberries just beginning to redden.

Wild black cherries beginning to color

Hazy sunset

Ox eye daisies

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