June is popping out all over, to quote the old song from Carousel. All of the birdhouses around the garden are occupied with nesting families of varying types of birds, and several more who prefer “roughing it” to moving into a premade house are guarding nests in the shrubbery or trees. (One Papa Robin whose family is secreted in a yew bush outside our office, cannot seem to learn that he is not seeing a rival in the window, but his own reflection in the glass…even though we now have an entire window of little robin footprints to mar the clarity of that reflection.) Walk through the garden and you’ll hear the occasional chorus of little tweets and peeps as the baby birds let their parents know they are HUNGRY! If you look closely at the pictures above, you’ll see one of the baby starlings peeking his beak out, waiting for his next meal…and then home delivery of the meal by one of the busy parents. Sweet. They will be fledging soon.
And the roses are in bloom! Their scent is in the air over the whole garden, but especially as you walk across the grass and mount the steps towards the pool. I cut dozens of blooms for the guest rooms this weekend, set off by lemon-yellow sprigs of lady’s mantle flowers, which also proliferate this time of year. The peonies are just beginning to open.
The flora and fauna of the garden have enjoyed the rain showers we’ve had this past week…we humans were less appreciative. So far, the weather hasn’t been very cooperative for the guests who are looking for a relaxing day at the beach. It’s great that we have other options…Peconic Bay Winery, over on the North Fork, has a lively schedule every weekend of live music in the afternoons, with wine by the glass and even local cheese and sushi for sale while you enjoy! And closer to home, Wolffer Vineyards has added another event to its roster of things to do: Every Friday evening at their farm and wine stand on Rte 27 just east of the winery, they have a TGIF wine-and-jazz event from 5 – 7 PM, again, with free artisanal cheese and wines for sale by the glass. Chris and I haven’t made it up there yet to try it out, but I expect it is especially popular with visitors arriving from Manhattan and points east after what can sometimes be a long slog through traffic.
Yesterday, there was a Classic Car show and auction in Bridgehampton that drew a lot of traffic (yeah, pun intended)…Chris went off to enjoy it for a couple of hours in the afternoon, and I guess I’m counting myself lucky we don’t now own another classic car! (The deal we have is one at a time!)
Quote of the Day: There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. —Robert Lynd