After all this excitement, I got out my new Rebel camera and played a bit trying to get good shots of the Limoges box with the 50mm lens. I did get a couple of eagle pictures in RAW but have not uploaded them to my computer yet.
It was a beautiful day today. After lunch I went out to the garden and got the new plants I had purchased at Brentwood Bay nursery transplanted. I now have 4 gentians in the front inner garden area. I added a thrift, a pink geranium and a Johnson's blue geranium, and a blue daisy like one to the rectangle closest to our driveway. This little area is seen from the street and our driveway. It is nicely cleaned up now. The bamboo is running into the bed and I have to clip it back every year. I weeded some of the area by the smoke bush, and moved the ratty looking hebe from there to the strip in front by the purple plum tree. I have this little area cleaned up, also. The rectangle area behind it on this side is rather wilder looking, but has some nice plants in it. The peonies are not doing well on this side, but the other side the peonies have lots of buds. I have the butterfly bush in a pot. When I get the woodland cleaned up, I will be able to just cut this pot off the bush and plant it. The plastic is not very thick. I added the butternut squash and 2 tomatoes to the vegetable garden and the marigolds along the edge of the veggie garden. I see last year's potatoes that did not do well are showing little leaves. I planted the 2 new primulas near the little spruce tree just behind the snapdragons I have along there this year. The soil was very soggy in this new bed from the winter rains. The soil needs more improvement. I have only 1 1/2 bags of compost left now, as well as the good woodsy stuff I have in 16 or so bags, that I took from under the st. john's worte, when I cleaned it up. With a bit more weeding and grass edging the front should be in pretty good shape and it will be time to give the woodland some serious attention. Its so much easier to have the big green bin for clippings, and the cordless mower and hedge trimmer.