new wren home in the Russian gardenIt was a great day to birdwatch. It was a beautiful day again here!! Warm, and no wind. I love to work in the yard, but I am also finding it nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy the yard as well. After 12 years, there are flowers to look at, trees and evergreens enhancing the view, the water fall is again totally functional and put back together (cheer!), the little pitcher pump water feature is running and making a joyous sound, the butterflies flit about gracefully, and the birds soar and dance overhead. So enjoy the yard today, we did--and very little "work" happened around here! We noticed a lot of birds out. The recognizable ones were flycatchers, robins, wrens, meadowlarks, Baltimore orioles, mockingbird, black birds, mourning doves, barn swallows, several kinds of sparrows, and one little fat guy on the fencepost across the way that I couldn't identify--it looked a little like the picture of the chickadee in my book, but I wasn't close enough with my book open to decide. I have NEVER seen a male cardinal here, but a few females. I would LOVE, LOVE to have some cardinals--I keep planting stuff, hoping to attract a huge variety. (Build it and they will come!)
A few new flowers are blooming today. The periwinkle blue iris opened this morning to complement the white and the yellow iris already blooming, we are expecting a few more colors to pop any day. The 1/2 price bleeding hearts are still blooming. This is their second year in the ground here, and they are surviving nicely. A few lilac stragglers are still perfuming the air. The purple columbine are making a lovely show too!! The one in the picture was a volunteer plant that I moved a couple years ago--the host plant died--but this one looks great! The old fashioned yellow rose is starting to bloom as well. Lots of buds we did find on lots of other plants. I think the colors of spring are so MUCH more vibrant than any other time of the year. I love it, love it, love it!
I assigned J to make dessert tonight in his dutch oven. So far the fire pit has been used twice-once last week for smores and today for the cookin' of the cobbler. Yum!!
Here's the recipe for all you folks that might be wanting to do a little camping or cookin' this summer. He got it from his friend Lane, who always makes us cobbler during our annual camp out!
Cast Iron Cobbler
2 cans any type of pie filling
1 cake mix, any flavor
You can either mix the cake mix according to the directions, or for a crunchy topping, mix the cake mix with one 12 oz can of soda, any flavor. Pour over the pie filling that has been dumped in the bottom of a 12 inch cast iron dutch oven. Place oven on top of smoldering charcoal. Put about 13 briquets on the top of the lid and cook for 30-45 minutes. Today we used strawberry pie filling and butter yellow cake. Cherry or peach pie filling with white cake is good, as is cherry pie filling and chocolate cake mix.
Planting day is tomorrow!!