Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Safari - Deer

My Dearly Beloved and I went out for awhile this morning. We drove to an area that is being converted back to wetlands.  We were lucky enough to see two more Whooping Cranes. They were tagged so I am sure they are being monitored. They looked quite happy to be in this renewed wetland. We also saw a small herd of White-tailed Deer. They took off running when we stopped to look at them. I asked my DB to try to catch those tails upright. He did a good job for the few seconds he had to capture them. If you click on the picture you can see them a little better.
The Red-winged Blackbirds are on territory. This is a sure sign of spring. 
For more Sunday Safari experiences go to Sherry's at Q's Corner. Were any of you out taking a Safari this Sunday? What did you see??

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Diminutive Darlings

I can't tell you how exciting it is to walk out into the garden and see the first of the early spring plants popping up.  I don't know if it is my imagination or are they always so short?? I think not. I really think they usually coaxed out into the world with a slow warm-up rather than the Nascar-like warming we had just a few days ago.
It didn't take long and the plants that need just a little warmth to emerge started peeking out. 
Even some Hellebores are showing their pretty little faces on short stems.  I don't mind that I will take a bloom any way it wants to present itself at this time of year. 
You can go to Gail's blog, Clay and Limestone, to see all that is written about native plants and get a lot of inspiration as she encourages us to post regarding these beauties. Of course these plants aren't natives here but as Frances says they are someplace. 
I hope you are beginning to see some life in your garden.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - February 2011

You can tell it has been a long cold winter. My poor Snowdrops seem to have been stunted. They are barely 2 inches tall. I don't mind becasue it was so much fun to go out there and see them actually blooming today.
The pussy willow is also beginning to fuzzz up. It is fun seeing them too. I had to cut a few of them and bring them inside.  
That is all that is blooming here now. There is some anticipation for next months stars that will be honored for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden. If you have some blooms to share or just want to see blooms from all over the world pop over to Carols Blog for more.