Out of the ashes of a pretty crazy two weeks, my life is returning to norm-al. The bad pun is owing to the name of this blog, Norm's Nursery. And that name is in honor of my dad, Norman Nickel, who loved gardening. If he were still with us, he might find it amusing that his formerly hyperactive son had stumbled onto something that promotes and invites calm and contemplation. He too sought calm in a hectic world, be that in the garden or out on the water. That gardening should eventually have become my full time job, a writing career as well as tending to a large garden would certainly have pleased him to no end.
Anyway, a lot has been going on in my garden in the two weeks I've been waiting on a new camera lens and so here are a few photos taken today. As I type, I have oaktits, hummingbirds and hooded orioles visiting my kitchen window ledge, a mere ten feet away and easily seen from my writing desk. Keeping the various bird feeders stocked is also a bit time consuming but a small price to pay for their activity and sweet songs.