|Cinderella Pumpkin 2018|
|Sunflowers, zinnias, and morning glories for pollinators, people, and birds to enjoy.|
Sunflowers, zinnias, and morning glories were planted to encourage those pollinators to stick around awhile. Sunflower seeds are now drying for the birds to enjoy. Zinnia seeds have already started to germinate for one last blast before frost. Morning glory seeds are sprouting too but most will just be wildly sprouting in the spring.
|Immature Cinderella Pumpkin|
Farmer MacGregor did the heavy work on 3 of the 4 beds then I smoothed and planted. It was still hot; so I was under the shade of the patio admiring all our hard work when a bird shwooshed in to the shade tree, dropped down to the lawn then jumped over the plum tree and into the former pumpkin patch. It looked around quickly sizing up the change of the place then jumped up on the fence and moved on to the neighbors' yard looking for groceries. The bird? It was a roadrunner! THIEF!
Roadrunners are not new to Bakersfield. In fact, they are the mascot for the local university. They ARE rare in suburban neighborhoods - I thought.
With this discovery, I went to the internet to learn more. These guys eat anything. Anything. The internet also provided inspiration for a roadrunner feeding station that might help eradicate this problem in the future.