Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

Scarlet Tanager

Male Scarlet Tanager sitting in the rose of sharon in the lower garden

How wonderful that a male scarlet tanager decided to visit the lower garden this morning!

Usually a brilliant flash of red means a male cardinal is visiting.  But this morning the flash was brighter and smaller.   Tanagers are often hard to spot because they live in tall canopies.  But today the rose of sharon and the water fountain lured this male into the garden.  He can stop by anytime.

Male Scarlet Tanager sitting at the fountain in the lower garden
Male Scarlet Tanager sitting at the fountain in the lower garden

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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