I meant to blog in December, something holiday themed. Then January arrived and I thought a blog about new beginnings would be good. Time flew by and it was St. Valentine’s Day – perhaps a blog featuring my Love Struck Hearts would work. Then March was here with all it’s Irish over tones, but alas, no blogs were written and I’m half Irish! I hang my head in shame. How do the days go so fast?
Now it is April. Spring is in the air, flowers blooming, bees and hummingbirds abound and here in the Valley of the Sun, the air is filled with the heavenly aroma of blooming citrus trees. But once again I’ve missed an opportunity, not to blog this time, but to plant giant sunflowers in my backyard. My husband tended the garden, tilling the soil and planting a variety of vegetables, all promising a bountiful harvest. I just couldn’t seem to find the time to sow those glorious seeds that produce my favorite flowers. I will miss watching the tiny goldfinches hopping among the giant green leaves, searching for a tasty insect meal. Even more, I will miss seeing the stunning, green feathered, peach-faced love birds (they are wild and flourishing here) that perch on the back of the flower heads, reach over the top and using their hooked beaks, pluck off the yellow petals one by one. This allows them access to the seed head, bulging with their favorite delicacy. Ahh, it will all be greatly missed. I promised myself never again to be “too busy” to plant sunflowers.
To compensate for my missed opportunity, I designed a surrogate, a beautiful Sunflower Metal Mosaic Mirror that celebrates the colors and contrasts of the real thing. It’s a beauty. But I doubt if it will fool the birds.