Tuesday, May 17

Tuesday at the Flower Shuttle + Canada Geese

Peonies, roses and solidago

Iris, roses, bachelor buttons and solidago

Tulips, roses, hydrangea, wax flower and purple statice

There was a story in our newspaper recently about two Canada geese who have chosen an odd spot in which to roost. It is between a mall parking deck and the post office, across a busy street with lots of traffic. There is no lake or water nearby, which seems odd for them. I went to the PO after the Flower Shuttle today and parked right beside their spot. He is on the left, and she is on her nest near the rear wheel of the car.

When I first got there, he seemed calm, but as traffic increased, so did his angst - and he waddled to the edge of the plot to stand guard. It is amazing how alert he is; turning his head from left to right, surveying the possible dangers. I asked the clerk in the PO how they were doing. She said that sometimes he stands in the middle of the street and won't let cars pass at all. I was lucky he was not in that mood today! I told her that I appreciated the way Canada geese males take care of their mates, and she said "Wouldn't it be wonderful if all males were like that!" 

10 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

Beautiful flowers and a great story!

Grannymar said...

I love the flowers today. The colours are perfect.

LL Cool Joe said...

They look like the geese we have in the lake by our house in AZ. The noise they make can be a bit irritating! Plus they flatten all the plants in pots. :D

Pat said...

Great - they blow up well too. Maybe they like the shade.

Ginnie said...

Just wait until they have their chicks. That will hold up traffic for sure !!

Arkansas Patti said...

Land locked Geese?? Poor babies but they seem to be surviving as long as poppa can keep those SUVs at bay.

Pagan Sphinx said...

It would be difficult to choose between those three arrangements, if I could. Beautiful. :-)

tiff said...

love the flowers, would love to replant those geese. Those poor babies when they come will have all sorts of dangerous territory to navigate (though no turtles, which are wicked to baby geese).

srp said...

I hope they do ok.... here with the ponds we have lots of them and they seem to form a gosling kindergarten of sorts. Often twelve to fifteen are in a group with three or four adults and they take them from pond to pond.. teach swimming and let them graze on the grass. When they cross the street it is hysterical... one of the little ones was dawdling and the adult was trying to hurry it across ... lowered head and neck and oh, my... the honking. The baby was so tiny he had a really hard time hopping up on the curb on the other side.

Granny Annie said...

Just look at those flower arrangements and then look at your granddaughter's butterfly (in next post) and you will know what inspires her great use of color.

Obviously that male Canadian is NOT named Arnold!