Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birds, Bugs and Blooms

After buying freeze dried meal worms a couple of years ago that didn't go over very well except for the frogs in the pond, I got brave and bought the live ones recently. They were barely in the special hanging dish seen above when a chickadee zoomed in to start devouring them.
I'm not sure if this little one was territorial but he was the only one eating the worms until a few days later I noticed others were snacking on them too.
I fell in love with the Nordic pan of bugs so ordered it from and they are perfect little cakes to have with friends for tea. There are 8 bugs, 2 each of butterflies, dragonflies, bees and ladybugs. 
Before I forget, I want to share the lamb cake our daughter made for Easter dinner. The cake was a delicious homemade white and the cute face is fondant. 
With the gardening season getting into full swing, seminars and workshops fill weekend days.
 A few of the gorgeous arrangements made by flower show competitors at our district garden club meeting of 19 societies .
 From the Canada Day section.
Did you know there is a floral competition class for tea settings? Although it didn't place, I was fond of the pink themed entry.
The Ontario Hosta Society met this past weekend and I was thrilled to have my name drawn for the first door prize. A gift certificate to shop online from Hosta Choice!
'Mighty Mouse' will join my mouse collection of small hostas and will bring along some new friends for my garden when the mail arrives. 
In My Garden
'In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers,
and the dreams as beautiful.'
~Abram L. Urban~
Take time for tea


  1. Just wondering, Judith, the live worms couldn't get out of the feeder?
    Love all the plants! I love Hosta.

  2. Such a beautiful post, Judith! The topics are very interesting and the photos wonderful. I don't know if (live) mealworms would be available here. They would certainly make many of our wild birds happy. The little chickadee looks definitely very pleased.
    Have a lovely day! xx

  3. Such great post with lots of variety on a spring theme. Love it!

  4. Beautiful tea settings. This is the third time I've seen those bug cakes! The post I wrote about keeping our grand kids, that's the cakes my friend brought over for them to decorate and eat. They absolutely loved them!

  5. Hello, love the cute chickadees. Maybe you will catch the bluebirds at your mealworm feeder. The bug cakes are cute. Pretty flowers and hosta.
    Have a happy day!

  6. I LOVE your bug cake pan! How cute! And your garden is looking lovely! I would have backed you in a floral tea settings category for sure! Very fun, and I love your little visitors.

  7. Goodness, bug cakes, not seen those before ...
    Your daughter's lamb cake looks amazing ...

    Love the chickadee such a cute looking bird.

    Wonderful collection of flowers and the floral tea settings.
    Congratulations on your hosta gift certificate win.

    Enjoy these last April days.

    All the best Jan

  8. Good morning, my friend, though I believe it's now afternoon there :)

    Such a lovely post and oh my, what a stunning lamb cake! Your daughter is quite talented.

    I hope you enjoy the remainder of your week. Hugs to you!

  9. Hello, how are you. I love to see your chickadee. This bird a photographed today on our wall, seeking little instects. So I also took a photo.

  10. Oh I love all the pictures but that Lamb cake is too pretty to eat.
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. What a fun post. I never thought of giving birds live meal worms, great idea. - Those bug pans are adorable and so was that lamb cake.

  12. Lots of lovely things to look at here, except the meal, worms, but you sure do have happy chickadees! Congratulations on winning the hosta - it is so much fun to win something.
    Have a wonderful day and week Judith,

  13. It would be hard for me to resist that Nordic Ware pan, too, Judith. I love the mini ones so very much, and yes, perfect for a teatime treat for friends. Your daughter's lamb cake is so darling. What a great job she did! Yea for you in winning the hosta! Have fun in your garden.

  14. Congrats on winning the hosta! Your bug pans and lamb cake are too cute. The floral tea setting would have been my favourite class in the competition.

  15. Congrats on your win! I have such a time growing hostas, but I know that you'll choose a good one and it will grow for you. I do, finally, have some plants up and growing. Hope that they don't drown.

  16. Congrats on your win to ordering your new hostas- I love them, but unfortunately so do the deer so I can't really keep them. I have tried. They're an awesome plant.

    As for your bug cakes - how perfect would those have been for Katie's BABY BUG shower? Right? Darn, who knew? LOL.

    The days are so warm lately - and getting so long - it's so exciting. Hugs!

  17. The bug cakes are something little people I know would enjoy. What fun! Congrats on winning the hosta prize! They do well here, but oddly, I don't have any - yet. Enjoy getting back into the garden!

  18. I love that you have both birds and humans eating insects (though the humans had the baked variety) in this post! ;) Also appreciate the lovely spring photos ... if it ever quits raining here, I aim to get outside to garden and get away from the computer for a bit!

  19. We have found that chickadees love mealworms. We have a mealworm farm in our house for our leopard gecko. We end up with way more than we need, so we treat the birds. :)
    The little bug cakes are just wonderful! That makes a very fun addition to having tea!
    Such gorgeous flowers you shared! I'm so happy that you were able to get one of the door prizes and can add another nice hosta to your garden.

  20. Judith, I love your new pan! I've always wondered about the pans with multiple shapes in one pan - do the different shapes have the same capacity?

  21. Happy Spring! I love that lamb cake! That is some great talent. Your pictures are all so pretty. :)

  22. The little lamb cake is so adorable almost too sweet to eat and the Canada Day planter is lovley, that has a special place in my heart =) Your posts are just beautiful.

  23. What fun to see the chickadees enjoying the meal worms, I love the little dishes they are in! And the lamb cake is amazing, your daughter is very talented, it must have been hard to cut into it! What fun to be able to go to so many fun garden meetings too, lots of inspiration for sure! And those bug cookies look so fun! Enjoy your week Judith, sounds like spring is in full swing for you :)

  24. You deserve a medal for buying live meal worms ... they just make me cringe :P The chickadee seems quite happy with them! Your daughter did an amazing job on the lamb cake! I'll bet the whole family was smiling when that was brought to the table. I haven't been to any gardening shows, but am patiently waiting for a free weekend, sunshine and a smidgeon of ambition to get going with cleaning up my gardens. My hostas are sprouting up everywhere, but I'm hoping the new blue hosta returns (now, where did I plant that?!). The ferns are coming along as well, but it looks like the only one I spent money on is not returning ... something called "Godzilla". Enjoy the rest of your week Judith, looks like we're back to rain again tomorrow.

  25. How nice for that sweet little chickadee to have his own special treat dish! I never thought of getting worms for the birds, but I do need to get thistle seed and maybe worms too. The Nordic bug pan looks like fun. Do the cakes come out easily? I'm eager for my hostas to fill out. I especially love the huge ribbed green ones that live in a deeply shaded part of my pond garden. Isn't it wonderful to see spring return!


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