Disneyland: If it Walks Like a Duck, and Talks Like a Duck…

Well…turns out it’s really a duck.  Disneyland is known for its cast of characters: Mickey Mouse, his trusty companion, Pluto and larger than life Donald Duck. They’ve entertained children for over 50 years.  Can you guess my personal favorite?

That’s actually a trick question.  My favorite ‘character’ at the Magic Kingdom this week was, in fact, a duck.  Isn’t he cute?


Male Mallard (or Drake)

Female mallard (hen)

Female Mallard (or Hen)

He put on a show for as well and *bonus* no line! He chased his female companions in a circle around the flowers, reminiscent of an old Laurel and Hardy movie. They quickly tired of his game and settled down with a weary eye. I wish I had video of the antics. We were in giggles.

According to my research, the Mallards are past mating season, so perhaps the chase was simply practice for next season.

We eventually glimpsed the official Disney characters along with a gaggle of five-year-old princesses. My 13-year-old male companions only had eyes for roller coasters, but even they slowed down for the Mallard show. Keeping it real at the Magic Kingdom is what makes this gardener smile.

Female Mallard (hen) in the flowers

Not much camouflage here

A pair of beauties

A pair of beauties



We’re Off to See a Different Mouse

We’re waving goodbye to Mouse (the cat) today as we fly to Disneyland for a short holiday.  Mickey Mouse, here we come!

My traveling companions are two active 13-year-old boys.  There will be no moss growing under my toes this week!  My son asked me to take photos of the garden today and then again on Friday to compare.  Without further ado, here’s a snapshot of some of the faster-growing garden favorites.

pumpkin buds

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Female pumpkin buds

young pumpkin

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Young pumpkin

pumpkin with two snails

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This pumpkin is further along, but those two snails look suspicious to me. We may not have a pumpkin to photograph.

Basil in the rain

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Basil in the rain. It’s looking fresh and tasty.


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Three stages of hydrangeas


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One of these things is not like the other
The sunflower on the left continues to grow up

Have a terrific week!