More color is popping out in the backyard butterfly garden in the home of my dear wife Karen and I in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
In this small section, the border lilies, dianthus, daisies and lupine are all looking dapper.
The day lilies are the crowded bunch on deck in the background. The four butterfly bushes are springing into action, but are still a ways from blooming. You can spot the low, wide butterfly bush to the left, next to the pink dianthus.
Away from the plants, meanwhile, still sits the humane spring trap waiting to entice our backyard gopher.
We’ve had one visitor who got stuck inside, and Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle went wild to let me know.
As soon as I saw a furry occupant as a trotted toward the fence, I threw my fist in the air and said, “We got it, Ellie B.”
My enthusiasm escaped as I neared. Too small.
“Nah, girl. We got a nosy squirrel.”
I grabbed my garden gloves from the shed, let the unlucky little one out, replaced the sliced apples and bananas while I was at it, and reset door.
And still we wait.
Ellie B and I have spotted the gopher once since the trap has been set, watching us from the middle of the lawn, while dear Dogamous Pyle was trapped herself on the porch with the door closed. I swear that furry is taunting us.
What flower colors are out in your place as we enter this weekend? Any great animal antics around your house these days? What do you have planned for the next few days?