Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New critter in town ...

It's another hot one today.  But that didn't keep me from venturing outside to take a few photos today.  My hydrangeas are quite sad and droopy.  Just too hot for them.  But I thought they would serve well for Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.  I don't do many textures ... there are so many of you out there who do them so beautifully.  But it's still fun to play around with texture.  I also added a phrase from one of Mary Oliver's poems "Morning Poem".   I so love her work.

While I was outside, I checked on our tomato plants.  This is our first year to carve out a little space for a very very small garden.  Primarily a tomato garden!  They're looking fine.  What do you think?




And last, but not least ... we have a new critter in town!  Caught Mr. Groundhog running around the yard the last few days.   The cast just keeps growing and growing! 


I'm not sure about Mr. Groundhog.  The critters are getting a bit big!  I wonder if he knows Punxsutawney Phil.  Or maybe if he just stays around, I could be like Bill Murray in the Groundhog Day movie ... living the same day over and over again.

But if that's the case, let's wait for cooler days!


30 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

That groundhog is HUGE. I don't think I've ever seen one up close. Love the first shot - the quote is so perfect.

bon bon said...

your tomatoes are looking good! my romas aren't doing very well. our yard is just too shady.

maybe the heat brings out groundhogs 'cuz i encountered one this morning too!

Louise said...

Mmmm, pretty soon you'll have fresh, ripe tomatoes that you can eat still warm off of the vine, just biting into them like an apple. I get a kick out of groundhogs, especially when they stand straight up, like a little bear, and look at you. But, then, I do like critters.

Jill said...

I just popped my first two cherry tomatoes into my mouth right from the vine. Nothing tastes better! Your picture of your flowers is beautiful.

Judy said...

I looked yesterday and ours are getting pretty big, but they're still green yet. I love your hydrangea photo! Wow,he's a big fella, I'm sure we have those here, I've just not seen any.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

That groundhog looks like he means business! Great looking tomato crop you've got there.

CherryPie said...

You have so many delightful creatures in your garden :-)

myartsdesire said...

Such gorgeous light in your beautiful hydrangea shot! Your quote is a great compliment to it as well! Yikes to the groundhog! You might need to add a dog {to the cast of characters} to chase the groundhog!

Michaele said...

I don't think I have ever seen one like that. Must be rare to get groundhog photos.

texwisgirl said...

i've never seen a groundhog in person (at least not that i can remember). go 'whistle pig!'

Dianne said...

Hi Reena - your new critter in town is something I'm not familiar with - we don't have them here in Australia - so I'm wondering is he a welcome critter in town?
Love your pretty white hydrangeas - they brighten up my day.

Sylvia K said...

That is a sizable groundhog!! What a fun visitor to have -- well, sometimes! Great shots from your garden/yard, Reena. I have to admit I don't envy your weather! it's gray here again today, but the temps haven't reached 60 and it's nearly 3 PM! I love it! Hope your week is going well, stay cool!

Sylvia

Nick said...

Mr Ground-hog looks like he's trying to sneak past you unnoticed. Never seen one up close or even at all. Great capture! Thanks'...Following you too!!

Dyche Designs said...

Man the critters just love your place. Love what you did with the texture and your tomatoes are looking great.

Joe said...

My wife declares war on all groundhogs during the gardening season especially any that have the nerve too close to her garden ;).

Ann said...

I like to play around with textures occasionally and I love the ones that Kim Klassen offers.
We're doing a garden this year too, first in a long time. Your tomatoes are doing better than mine, only have 2 so far.
I haven't seen a groundhog in my yard yet but that's ok, I would rather not.

urban muser said...

thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today. love the groundhog!

Jane said...

I love the first photo. I have never before seen a groundhog - looks like an elongated rat, I don't think I would want to get up close and personal :-)

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Fabulous photos here :o)

Evelyn S. said...

I don't know groundhogs...but if they're anything like their cousins, the gophers and the badgers....not good news! My 'early' hydrangea is just starting to bloom...such fascinating little blossoms, aren't they? Your photo is lovely. And the tomatoes...lovely. They are about the same size as ours...my husband's, actually.

Barb said...

Love the tomato shots - I almost took one today but got distracted by an echinaciea . . .

Deanna (snippets from springdale) said...

Love your treatment of the hydrangeas...yeah mine are gasping for breath as well....water, water, water. Nothing better than fresh tomatoes off the vine...yum!! Don't know about that new critter...better keep your eye on him.

Mental P Mama said...

Is that a woodchuck? That's what I call them. But what do I know? Hydrangeas drooping up here, too. Sigh.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your tomatoes are off to an enviable start!!

We have 3 of Punxsutawney Phil's cousins living around here, they were here when we moved in and I wonder what they think of the dogs--There goes the neighborhood maybe??

Jillsy Girl said...

You're gonna need to start chargin' some rent in that there backyard! ;-)

Love the texture work! and great lookin' maters!

Love of the Sea said...

Great photos. Love those green tomatoes.

Pat Tillett said...

Tomatoes right off the vine! Not much better than that!

Tammy said...

I'm thinking fried green tomatoes! Yum!

Love the quote on that first shot. Anyone who has sat and watched a sunrise knows this is true :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

My hydrangeas are droopy too. I give them a shot of water a couple times a day and that seems to help.

Daryl said...

It really is Wild Kingdom out there in the back 'yard', I suspect its more like a .. what's bigger than a yard? ... a mile .. a back mile? Nah.