This is a lovely time of year in our backyard. Earlier this week I spent some time out on the deck reading and a little black squirrel and I got acquainted. He would scamper along then stop and look at me right in the eye to see if I was a threat. He clearly was searching for some of his hidden treasures and I watched him dig up a few things from under our fruit trees. He bolted up our golden plum tree and at first I thought he was going to grab a plum for lunch, but no, he kept on going, jumped on the fence and ran around the back to the vegetable garden where our blueberry bushes were. Later that afternoon I saw what had happened. Clearly there was a buried treasure under our blueberry bushes because there was evidence of something frantically digging around in there. The blueberrries were all safe though!
The quinces are growing and the herbs are making a comeback. The potato jungle continues to expand but the carrots are taking a long time to grow this year. I did pick our first tomatoes of the year - an early variety called Rocket.
And the hydrangeas are at their best right now. They are in my top five favourites when it comes to flowers.
There's no forecast of rain for days so the lovely paper lanterns are hanging in the trees now, ready for some evening magic.