Random Five Friday – 10-7-2016

p1070804Yesterday morning I looked out and saw a herd of deer in our backyard. I grabbed my camera and took some photos and a movie.

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hrbbrdSomething killed a bird and also dug up the corner of my herb garden. We can’t imagine what made such a mess.
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p1070854Our ornamental pear trees are full of little fruits. The birds and critters really enjoy these. It’s ashame the pears are inedible for humans.
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brdcrxI’m making some progress on my cross stitch. Having other color threads loaded on needles is the way to go.
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p1070927No reason for this photo, it helps make 5 randoms
I just think it’s a pretty marigold.
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Wishing you all a safe and pleasant weekend.

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Snowberry Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth

IMG_4598I was happy to see a Snowberry Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth feeding on my flowers. It’s quite a rare moth to see in my yard/garden. I tried to get some good photos of it to share, but it didn’t cooperate and most of them are blurry.IMG_4602

I have some photos from the first one of these I saw was in July of 2011. I felt special when it rested on a leaf like it was posing for me. I had shared these on my old enjoyingcreating blog in 2011. I figure it’s been 4 years and it’s okay for me to share them once again.P2070003P2050013P2050014

I hope you all have a special week of smiles.

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Lavender herb or flower

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My lavender is blooming. I bought it last year thinking I was going to give using lavender herb a try.

I read a recipe of lavender infused tea. Oh it sounded so lovely and pleasant like it would be refreshing on a hot Summer day.
I was talking to my BFF about the lavender tea. I pondered aloud “I wonder what lavender tastes like.”
My BFF laughed and said, “It probably tastes like purple.” lol

It was a bit late in the season for me to a start seeds, so I decided to buy an already growing plant. I found one at a local plant/fruit stand. It was a lovely little thing. On the way home I imagined myself, lounging on our back porch with an icey glass of lavender infused tea.

After I got the plant home, I looked it up on the internet and discovered there’s different varieties of lavender. The plant stake that came with mine was plastic with a picture of a grown plant and said ‘lavender’, but didn’t say what variety. So, I decided not to try it, since I couldn’t be sure if it was safe to eat or not.

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I gave up on making any lavender recipes. Sadly, I took the little plant and planted it in one of my flower beds. It grew quite a bit over the summer. I figured it would die during the winter, but this Spring it was a nice surprise to see that it survived.

I don’t know if it’s edible, but I plan on letting it grow and survive for as long as it can. I think it gives a bit of character to my flower bed.

I know the photos of this lavender aren’t top quality. But for some reason my camera has struggles trying to focus on it.

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Do you think this variety is edible?

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend.cloudhugspgrnbgln