I put up a new birdhouse on the property (with a cam right along beside it, of course) and got this picture on the first day! No one has moved into the bird house (that I know of) but there were several birds checking it out. This particular one spent quite a bit of time flying around the birdhouse and landed on the front perch several times to give it a closer look!

Living in the Pacific Northwest, a common rule of thumb is that you wait to set your plants out over the Mother's Day weekend. By then, the odds are very good that you are past the last freeze and your plants will be okay. By the Memorial Day weekend, though, usually two to three weeks later, weeds have taken root and it's time to do some serious weeding. I can't remember a Memorial Day weekend that didn't involve some heavy weeding, and this year was no exception.

Most people don't think of peas as being a beautifully flowered garden plant but it is! As an aside, many people don't realize that peas are legumes - and many legumes have spectacular flowers. Of them, peas and Scarlet Red Runner beans are the two varieties that I particularly enjoy when they are blooming. This is a photo I got in the garden after noticing the blooms on my sweet peas opening up. 

What's not to love about these photos we keep getting from our bird house cam? This cam is mounted less than a foot away from a very active bird house on our garden shed and the pictures we get are amazing!

Wow, not only is arugula my favorite herb in the mustard family, who knew it had such beautiful flowers? Absolutely exquisite!

WOW, just look at these Purple Galaxy Petunias! My wife planted an assortment of flowers in the barrels on our back deck and these are just mind-blowing! This is a photo straight from my camera, with no editing or enhancement. They look out-of-this-world!

This is one of the apple trees on our property. It caught my eye as the setting sun illuminated it against the dark backdrop of the trees beyond. I love this time of year in the Pacific Northwest; color is everywhere!

We have a birdhouse mounted high up on our garden shed, with an outdoor webcam right next to  it. Each year, we are delighted with the images we get of the birds coming and going as they rear their young. 

Our pear tree is in full bloom. I love these hardy white blossoms!!!

Today was a busy day. I split a beehive that had overwintered successfully (Italians) and I installed two packages of Carnolians from Stedman's Bee Supply in Silverdale. Each of these photos shows one of the splits as well as a fresh package install. I put a robber screen over the split that was walked away to help force the bees to reorient so they don't return to the old hive location where the new queen sits with half the brood.

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