106 degrees this weekend. Except for last night, I went outside little and late. Saturday it was 102 at 7 pm with no air movement at all. Yard work was just flat out of the question until yesterday.
Nasturtians are like land-bound water lilies in late winter and spring, when the heat rolls around they crisp up and die. Yesterday between sunset and full dark I spent a lot of time pulling up the dried nasturtian plants. I also pulled out a lot of the parsley that had come up from seed scattered by some I planted in a pot a few years ago. It’s come up here and there about the yard ever since then, but I use the parsley in cooking and use the flowers for my desk. I’m not upset when I see it popping up around the yard.
I moved the carpenter bee stump to sweep up the continual pile of sawdust that collects around the base. I could totally live up this piece of log that’s over two feet high and a foot and half across with one hand. There are nearly 20 holes in it and the competition for them is fierce. A bee will try one opening and get kicked out and continue trying openings till it finds one unoccupied. I don’t know if that’s usual behavior. I had thought they’d each drilled their own nest, but I’ve seen this happen several times now. There was also a not fully developed larvae on the ground beside the stump the other day. Did it get pulled out to make room for someone else’s young? I think it likely. I really can’t find that much info on the net about them, except as pests.
When I came home from work on Thursday the last hummingbaby had flown. Couldn’t ask for a better outcome. And now I can clean all the dead leaves, etc. out of the atrium without worrying about scaring birds.
We seem to be the place for lost and lonely nestlings. Yesterday I was getting a glass of water and I heard a distressed bird chirping on the patio. I’ve become familiar with the sound, so I was pretty sure what it was. I went outside and sure enough there was a fledling sparrow/house finch sitting on a shelf on on the barbeque. It had spiderwebs covering its eyes. I removed the spider webs from its eyes and put it out the back gate. Fewer cats out there.