June is almost over and the checkerboard patio is finished, except for waiting for the grass seed to grow between the pavers next to the house––and maybe find a couple of great Adirondack chairs to put there?
We are thoroughly enjoying the rosebushes the former owners planted all around the house. We transplanted two of them and they are doing well, sprouting new growth and even a few buds. We hope to create a little rose garden at one corner of the house near the checkerboard patio so will probably be transplanting more roses this fall.
Our little doves chose today to fly the nest so we've been watching that drama. We've loved the whole experience of "raising" doves! I looked out my office window and saw Mama and Papa sitting on the sidewalk in the same place we first saw them "courting." I knew something must be up!
One baby was already out of the nest "off to college." This little one's been experimenting, by standing on the edge of the planter wire, peering over the edge while Mama and Papa sit close by on guard.
Now if we can just get the last one out on his own, we can water and fertilize the begonia and get on with our summer!
Update June 7, 2013:
Our little doves are growing quickly, and are fully (and beautifully) feathered now, so I expect it won't be long before we discover they've flown the nest. I've been reading up on doves and it sounds like it may be Papa I've photographed most, since doves mate and care for their young together. Some websites said it's the male dove who sits the nest most of the day, then the female takes over at night. It's been a delightful experience.
It's a nice accent to mix in with a few roses, too.