Dawn

On weekdays, I'm up before dawn, taking care of the animals and getting everyone ready for school and work. It's just too hectic to go out in to the yard and enjoy the morning.

But on weekends, I still get up at 6, and it's wonderful to go into the garden when it's still early. The birds are waking up and chattering (lately I've really noticed the Bewick's Wrens singing every morning as they scratch in the dirt among the flowers), the bees are foraging as soon as it's light, and the chickens like that I bring them whatever the squirrels destroyed the night before (usually watermelons, argh). 

Many of the flowers in the garden bloom only in the cool hours of the morning, such as the Nicotiana Alata, which is a white flower which smells lovely. Or the squash blossoms, which usually close up in the heat of the day. The light is nice too, gentle and cool. In short, the garden is a different place in the early morning hours than it is in late afternoon when I'm usually out there working. I like to sit in the mulch and watch the activity around me, while scratching the cat or the dog.

 Tonks, Hermione, and Ginny

Tonks, Hermione, and Ginny

 Pumpkin

Pumpkin

 Tasha

Tasha

 Ladybug eating aphids on fennel blossom

Ladybug eating aphids on fennel blossom

 Black Cherry

Black Cherry

 California Sunflowers

California Sunflowers

 Chitalpa, showing signs of Autumn

Chitalpa, showing signs of Autumn

 Amaranth

Amaranth

 Jalapeno

Jalapeno

 Cosmos, cuphea, and tithonia not yet blooming

Cosmos, cuphea, and tithonia not yet blooming

 Delicata

Delicata

 Fennel seeds drying

Fennel seeds drying

 Russian Sage

Russian Sage

 Calabrese peppers 

Calabrese peppers 

 Verbascum, or Mullein

Verbascum, or Mullein

 Snap peas 

Snap peas 

 Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

 Winter Brassicas just starting in trays

Winter Brassicas just starting in trays

 this cucumber grew in the wrong place, no?

this cucumber grew in the wrong place, no?

 Gall wasp nests on the Valley Oak

Gall wasp nests on the Valley Oak

 Cherokee Purple

Cherokee Purple

 One of our canning shelves

One of our canning shelves

I hope you're all having a lovely Saturday, and getting to enjoy some time outdoors, too.