Monday, May 24, 2010

Conversations in a garden

Sunday was a furnace, 90-degrees and pretty much the same is expected all this week. That is a drastic change from last weeks 60-degree temperatures. The soil is dry and my garden is pretty much in shock. Even the tough-as-nails sedum was limp and wilting in yesterday's heat.




I've seen very few bees so far this season. Yesterday two red admiral butterflies and one skipper were busy in the dames rocket.


To take my mind off the miserable heat, I sat outside and watched a pair of chickadees discussing the good and bad qualities of a bird house. One of them peeked into the entrance and studied the carving above the door while carrying on a conversation with the other who sat on a branch above.




Mrs. Chickadee: What a lovely little cottage this is.


Mr. Chickadee: It’s a wren house, precious, much too small.


Mrs. Chickadee: Not too small, dear, cozy.


Mr. Chickadee: Sweetest, the door is too small.


Mrs. Chickadee: Are you saying I'm fat?


Mr. Chickadee: No, never, my love, you are perfection. I’m just saying, there are holes in the wall.


Mrs. Chickadee: Those are decorative windows, dear.


Mr. Chickadee: Yes my little pumpkin, but it looks shabby. It needs painting.


Mrs. Chickadee: Shabby Chic, dear, and the house you liked was cedar with no paint. I love the view. From here, I can look through the door and see the bleeding heart and the foxgloves across the garden.




Mr. Chickadee: Before we decide, can we just look at a few more houses, love.


Mrs. Chickadee: We can look, but I really like this one.




34 comments:

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Marnie, What a wonderful start to the day. I love your chickadee conversation-you have very good ears to pick that up, lol. My favorite line that literally had me LOLing: "Are you saying I'm fat?" Classic! Have a great week.

Louise said...

Hot here too. I spent about four hours yesterday with the sprinkler going full tilt. Oh dear, the water bill! But, worth it to keep all the plants happy.

I love you chickadee conversation, though I hate to tell Mrs. Chickadee that hubby is right (perish the thought) and the door is too small.

tina said...

It sure sounds like a husband and wife house shopping. Too cute!

Gail said...

marnie, That was so delightfully perfect~i can hear it so clear and they have an English accent! Thank you for the smile~Btw, the weather is shocking to us, too. Strange days; I wonder what the summer will bring? gail

sweet bay said...

I'm sorry you're having such heat on top of dry weather. Ugh. The chickadees are darling. The little Carolina Chickadees nested in the box at the back of the big perennial bed at my place this year. They are so cute.

Cameron said...

LOL! Love the conversation! :-)

Hope you get relief from the heat.

PS I wonder if anyone else is getting error 503 on each first attempt to comment on all blogspot blogs today...maybe it is because I've been gone and logged on to my iPod without logging off there before moving back to my MacBook?

Cheryl said...

Hi Marnie.....the chickadee conversation was just so cute. There was a point when I was actually believing it. I really must pull myself together....

It is hot here today 30C (92F). After our long cold spell my plants have reacted in exactly the same was as yours. My ground is also bone dry....we have not had any rain for weeks.

Tell me please....the header, is that your stone wall??
If it is I am just so envious, I love walls especially old ones.
It is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the planting......

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Hope those Chickadees closed on the house before a wren moved in.

ShySongbird said...

Well that cheered me up, Marnie, a delightful 'conversation' :) and lovely photos of the chickadee.

It is very hot here too but expected to get cooler from tomorrow, a lot of my plants have collapsed in shock also!

I really enjoyed your last post with the Hostas too but missed commenting due to ongoing, intermittent computer problems :( I have never been successful with Hostas due to snail damage but yours are so luxuriant, they really are very attractive plants.

Sherri said...

Marnie, I love the bird dialog!!! Thanks for sharing!

Diana (Di) said...

Wonder who is going to win that one? lol

Marnie, that heat is atrocious. Our weather is playing havoc on our vegetable garden. We had mid 50's, then mid 60's and most things were planted out; a week of 70-75 told the plants it was summer. And now we have had weeks of rain, intermittent hail, colder temps and vegetables are starting to bolt. Not fun to think I may have to start seeds again.

Hope you have a good (and cooler) week.

Naturegirl said...

Marnie I thought that I was the only one that trys to figure out what the bird said! It is interesting to watch their body language. Here in my world we've had a weekend with sudden heat and humity..too much of a drastic change from what we've been getting all of May.If it does NOT cool down the peonies once open won't last very long.I'm hoping for some rain to cool things off!!
Perhaps we are fast forwarding into summer!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am so glad you let us in on the conversation between Mr & Mrs Chickadee. It put a big smile on my face. I hope they choose one close enough you can watch them. What fun. We are having the same weather. UGH.. Hate this 90 degree stuff. No rain predicted here for some time either. Summer has decided to begin early it seems.

joey said...

I hate this hot May heat blast, Marnie! Impossible to to keep up with a garden in fast forward. I want my 'real' May back! Your chickadees are dear ... might be looking for shade!

Carol said...

Oh, How HoT! I would melt and not show my face in the garden till late afternoon. I hope it cools down soon!! I love your darling Chickadee conversation over the perfect house. Watch out if the Wren shows up! ;>)

marmee said...

marnie,
this sounds like a conversation my dh and i would have...so funny.
in the end the mrs. will get her way.
we are having the same heat wave here. my what a difference a week makes. i really want a longer spring. the minute you step outside it is hard not to break a sweat.
happy may.

Southern Lady said...

Hi Marnie! Your bird conversation was too cute. I can just imagine what they may have been saying. Probably something similar to what you said. I love it! Carla

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Balisha

6512 and growing said...

Love that you speak chickadee so well!
We (in southwest Colorado) had a strange and fanciful sighting of a Rose Breasted Grosbeak this spring. My 5 year old son is very happy to see your photo on the side bar of our new friend.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I did not know you knew Chickadee lingo LOL! That was so cute.First time home owners should be picky I guess.
The heat is really on in your area. Ugh. We are getting in the 85 degrees now and I am liking it now but probably will be grouchy when it dries up and I have to pack water around. LOL!

Susie said...

I could easily hear this conversation with the pics you posted Marnie. So cute!

BeadedTail said...

I can just hear that conversation and Mr. Chickadee better be figuring out a way to make that entrance bigger for his love!

It's only 60 and rainy here this week. I haven't had to water anything which is nice but I also haven't been able to get out and weed and plant more. Maybe this weekend it'll be nicer.

Sandy said...

Hi Marnie, I found your blog through the links at the Write Gardener. I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the Chicadee's conversation and wished it would have turned into a book lol I have some chickadees in my old birdhouse on my front porch, maybe you could write a story for them too lol
Sorry about the dreaded heat wave you are getting, didn't you all go from cold to hot just like that? I'm originally from the midwest, so I know your area very well. I miss the lilacs!
I love your blog ♥

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

I am so sorry you are having unseasonably hot weather. I guess we can blame it on El Nino.

Mr. and Mrs. Chickadee are darling. They sound very similar to Hubby and myself--we can never agree on Shabby Chic. ;-)

Kathleen said...

Cute! I often wonder if they do have these type of conversations. They definitely make decisions based on something! I think the birdhouse is adorable so I hope they move in!

Wish it were 90 here! We were 60 again today and SO windy. ugh. It's supposed to get better thru the week but not anywhere near 90. Stay cool but remember, it could be snowing!

Ann Flower said...

Wow....your bird feeder looks great. It adds to the beauty of the garden. Wish If I could setup a bird feeder in my garden

Rose said...

Thanks for the smiles this morning, Marnie:) I hope Mr. and Mrs. Chickadee decide to settle down in your birdhouse, although I have to admit that front door looks a little small to me, too:)

Isn't this heat something? I have dozens of plants just waiting to get into the garden, but if I don't get outside to work early in the morning before the heat gets too bad, I might as well forget it for the day.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

LOL - that was cute!

It's been hot and muggy here too. We might get some rain today and we need it as everything is wilting!

Manuela

Window On The Prairie said...

I watched a couple of wood ducks have the same conversation in our Hackberry tree last year. So cute.
Suzanne

Racquel said...

What a cute post today Marnie. You know I haven't seen any butterflies this season yet. Of course once it starts getting warm out I head indoors so I might be missing them. ;)

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Ahh, Marnie, this is so sweet! I love the conversation between the two--it's perfect. I hope they will choose the house to make their nest in. What a cute house it is with the carving above the entrance. Unfortunately I haven't had any visitors to our 2 bird houses this year. I hope your weather will 'even out'. It seems that often, one extreme prevails...it's either too cold and wet or too darn hot and humid! I just treasure those 'perfect' days, in the 70's, where the sky is blue, the breeze is light, and the air is clear. I wish for you lots of those days!

Dawn said...

ohhh, what a sweet post!

oldcrow61 said...

I love the chick a dee conversation. lol. Imagine, the sedum fainting from the heat. I've never seen that. It's still chilly here with the odd day of some warmth.

Nan and =^..^= said...

The heat reached us in Maine the past few days...too much for me! A cold front moved in last night and today is much better! I really loved the chickadee's conversation! Wonderful!