Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Taking Time To Smell the Sweet Peas

OK, OK...Tina and Becca....I got the message. Here it is - a Blog entry, FINALLY! I have to say that I haven't been blogging, but reading and walking lately. It's been hot to where you'll do anything not to move during mid-day and our home office seems to be the hottest room in the house.

The last time I talked to Tina she mentioned the Great Sweet Pea Experiment I was doing this year. We have flower boxes on our front deck and I had this great idea to plant sweet peas in hopes they would cascade over and cover some of the space under the deck. The photo is the outcome of this "Great Idea". They are now starting to really acquire many blossoms - enough to show up in a photo, at least. The white ones are extremely fragrant. And a big factor - they haven't been eaten by our infamous "Rats-With-Antlers"! Hmmm...I wonder if it's because the elk have plenty of grass this year or do they just not like sweet peas? The elk drive the sheep absolutely bonkers. Not from chasing them, or coming over into our pasture, but I think it's by their mere presence. One of the ewes, especially, will bleat loud and long to let everyone know there are elk coming close to "her" pasture. Even if she's in the barn, closed up for the night. She must believe she's some sort of early warning system.
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My DH managed to get a few shots of the boys in the mist as it rolled into the lowlands after a rain, but it's just too dark to show up well on the blog. Soon, with the first shot heard, or the first arrow sailing through the air, the boys will disappear until next summer. It's amazing just how fast they can disappear during hunting season. Little do they know that they would actually be safer in this field than in the surrounding forests as we are in the no hunting zone around the Flagstaff area. Ah, well...they must go to where the girls are and the girls don't hang around here. :)

Soon, we will be treated to a visit from some of our family from New Zealand and I do hope "The Boys" are still here. It would be so nice to sit on the deck and watch them...

and I promise......I won't even chase them away with large, black plastic bags. At least not this year....

6 comments:

Kelly said...

But...you could get Val to help you run around with the plastic bags!

Val said...

Sure I remember chasing the elks the last time we were over but it is fascinating to see them come so close. But I am glad they leave the sweetpeas alone they look great

Tina T-P said...

Oh, I can almost smell those sweet peas! I think maybe I'll plant some in my garden next year :-) T.

Kat said...

Ooo, I love sweet peas! I tried to grow them here a few summers ago and then my two discs herniated. LOL! That was the end of that, and I haven't tried again. Maybe I'll start some seeds again next year.

The elk may be rats, but they're beautiful. I know I know, typical "city" girl comment. LOL! I did spend my summers on a farm growing up so I'm not totally citified. ;-)

Have fun with your New Zealand family!

shepherdchik said...

This is a dumb question, but do the female elk have antlers or are all of those males? Don't the males fight, I didn't think so many males would be together? What a cool thing to see.

shepherdchik said...

OK, if I would have finished reading the post before asking questions, I would have figured out that all of those were males...duh. They must get along then when it is not mating season. Or maybe I am watching too much discovery channel if I am expecting them to spend all of their time fighting.