Rose vs. Gardenia…who will bloom first?

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My ‘Tuscan Sun’ rose has four little buds on it! I couldn’t believe it when I saw them. The rose was planted just three weeks ago. Now it’s a race between the roses and the gardenia to see who will bloom first…the silly gardenia has had little buds for almost two months now, and it still hasn’t bloomed, so I think I’m betting on the rose!

'Tuscan Sun' rose buds

'Tuscan Sun' rose buds

Sharp-shinned hawk

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Yesterday another hawk visited the yard. I heard a rustle of feathers and went outside to make sure the cats didn’t get too excited. Then I saw the hawk sitting on top of my big bird feeder, acting as if he owned the yard! I fussed at him to leave my birds alone, and he gave me this look as if to say “yeah right.” Since I couldn’t make him leave, I at least got this picture of him (after he retreated to my neighbor’s roof, much to our birds’ relief). At least now my picture is clear enough to identify him — he’s a Sharp-shinned hawk — and he only winters in Florida, so hopefully soon he’ll be far far away.

Sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk