Today many folks in the United States are celebrating Columbus Day, which basically means that schools, post offices and banks are closed. I wish it meant that construction on Columbus Avenue, less than a block from where I live (and have my terrace — roof extension — garden), would cease, because the jack hammer is deafening! But hammer away it is, and the noise is quite distracting to yours truly, even though the sweet house finches are trying to drown it out with their songs as they go about their activities; which mostly include eating, as seen in this image posted above.
According to Holiday Insights, "For decades and decades, American history books and school teaching, told us that Christopher Columbus discovered America. What those books and teachings did not give credit to was the fact that Native Americans were already here first and truly discovered America. It also gave little mention to the fact that Nordic explorers had travelled down the eastern cost of Canada thousands of years earlier.Today, we celebrate Columbus day for what it accurately is. Columbus did discover the existence of the New World for Europeans who until then, believed the world was flat and ended somewhere in the Atlantic. And, the focus is more upon discovery of the "New World", and less upon Columbus himself . . . (and) Columbus day is sometimes referred to as "Discoverer's Day."
So in honor, of Discoverer's Day, I will post a few occurences which I've recently discovered in my urban garden.
This past Saturday, much to my delight, I discovered that my H.F. Young Clematis had some new growth, as seen in the image below:
Mr. Gardner was referring to the elderly community, and I am in full agreement with the playwright, so I applied his observation to what grows in my garden, creating a mini video which illustrates this phenomenon when it comes to the life cycle of flowers.
Meanwhile, since this is Discovery Day, and I've said that I would share some recent discoveries in my garden with you, the following are ones that the birds which visit my garden have made. Their discoveries are posted as captions under their respective images below.
|My Cardinal Discovers a "Hiding Place" in My Contorted Hazel Nut Tree|
|One of My Mourning Doves Discovers a Good Place to do her YOGA|
(Salute to the Sun)
|Two of My House Finches Discover That a Conversation During Meals Can be Rewarding!|
|One of My House Finches Discovers (First Hand) Why I Must Wear Glasses|
(As She Attempts to Read the Ingredients in Her Snack)
|One of My Red House Finches Discovers How "Tricky" This Time of Year Can Be:|
(Especially For My Kiwi Vine (New Buds in October?)
|A House Finch Discovers Her Comrade's Interpretation of "Spreading (one's) Wings!"|
|My Cardinal Discovers That My Kiwi's Digs (Container) Make a Great Place to Do Her Splits!|
|One of My Mourning Doves Discovers My String Lights Make A Great Place to Exercise!|