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I am sharing with you a few of my favorite close-up flower photographs this week.


Here is one that brightens up my garden summer and into early fall…

Sunflower
It is hard to find a flower that grows so large and that is easy to grow.
 
 
I plant mine from seed each spring and then plant a second crop in mid-summer.
 
Did you know that you can make a bird feeder and shade tomatoes using sunflowers?
 
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Now for the winner of the book, Hellstrip Gardening…
 
And the randomly picked winner is….


Liza who blogs at “Good to Grow
Congratulations!


Thanks to all of you who entered.  I highly recommend getting a copy for yourselves and transforming your garden.

Every week, I enjoy seeing who happens to visit me in the garden.  To be precise, feathered visitors.

Some of you may know that I also write a blog for Birds & Blooms magazine and as a result, I am always on the lookout for interesting and sometimes unusual birds.


But, often it is my regular visitors that bring a smile to my face.

Here are some of the visitors that I had last week….

House finches are some of my most common visitors.  They just cannot seem to get enough of my sunflower seeds.  I love the bright colors of the male birds during mating season.
Hummingbirds have to be one of my absolute favorite birds.  I am fortunate enough to have them visit my garden all year round.
This little Anna’s hummingbird is enjoying the flowers of my Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii).
 
Some of the larger birds who come to visit are Doves.  I have four different types of doves that visit, but Mourning Doves are by far, my most frequent visitors.
My bird feeder, like many others, make it difficult for doves to eat directly from them.
Sometimes however, they do manage to get a quick snack, but it is difficult for them to perch on such a small area, so they usually content themselves from eating birdseed that falls to the ground underneath my bird feeder.
Okay, I must admit that I did not take this photo in my garden.  I saw this little female hummingbird when I was taking a walk,  She was sitting in a Palo Verde tree only a block from my house.  I usually take my camera when I go for a walk, because I never know what I will see.
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I would like to thank you all for your kind comments about my post “An Embarrassing Admission”.  I am so blessed to have such great people take the time to read my blog and I am always so thankful for you who take the time to leave me a comment 🙂
This week is full of activity for me.  We are busy painting the interior of our house.  On Monday, we painted the family room, kitchen and all the hallways, which took about 14 hours of work.  The next day, I certainly felt it in my muscles.  There is no way that I am going to the gym this week…..I am getting my workout painting 🙂
There is still some painting left to do, but I think I will give my muscles a bit more of a rest and work on making some plum jam tomorrow. – my mother’s tree is just full of ripe plums – yum, yum.