Good morning and Happy Saturday everyone! The sun is shining once more and it is still, no wind, not even a slight breeze. It’s a bit cooler this morning but still very nice and fresh after our rain last night. We had a couple thunderstorms move through, both mainly missed us but we did get wind, some rain and a little pea sized hail which kind of flattened my petunias. They were looking so nice too. Oh well, they’ll bounce back quickly enough. Those chipmunks did it again to that squirrel. The squirrel was chasing a smaller chipmunk, a larger chipmunk joined in which seems to confuse the squirrel and he forgets what he is doing until the larger chipmunk chases the squirrel off the deck. While he does that the smaller chipmunk gets his peanuts and takes off, the larger chipmunk comes back, gets his peanuts and takes off.
Finally a very confused squirrel comes back and sits there looking around, the peanuts are all gone. The two chipmunks were Pocket (the largest chipmunk) and Skamper. The other two chipmunks, Skitter and Skatter have yet to participate in this idea. Seems to work good though. I have named this squirrel Runner, since he does a lot of running chasing the chipmunks and other squirrels. He seems to have taken over the territory now that Woody is no longer around. However, Jasper, another squirrel isn’t giving up too easily, he and Runner get into some wild fights out here. That does give the chipmunks time to haul the peanuts away and the two dueling squirrels end up with nothing.
The featured image at the top is a white potentilla and if you look closely, you should be able to see droplets of dew still on the petals of the flower. It is a great flower for attracting all sorts of insects which I will start to show at some point.
In the pic above is a lovely white, with a bit of red, peony. This flower is huge, 8 inches (20cm) across. Sadly the peonies are finished now for another year, but a new bunch of flowers are now beginning to bloom. I hope you all enjoy your day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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