This time of year, I hesitate before I invite someone for a meal in the garden. Yes, I'm saving water, and yes, the plants are looking good. But I don't tidy up as much as I might, don't deadhead and pull.
Other visitors don't seem to mind. We've had an abundance of gold finches and house finches coming for visits.
The gold finches are a bit smaller than the house finches and like to sit on the lavender branches for a meal.
The house finches will go for anything seedy. Here's one cleaning up after the Clarkias.
And sometimes four, five, six of them arrive to look for lavender and poppy seeds.
They quite like the hardscaping and favor especially the cracks in the concrete. Why thank you, Mr. and Ms. Finch, fewer weeds to pull for me. And that will make the garden look tidier.