Monday, April 23, 2018

April Delights

April is marching on. At last we are having normal temperatures. It has been raining this morning. After all the flooding earlier this rain was much appreciated. 
 The rain brought on some more double narcissus that go well with pale blue Muscari.
 The Hinoki cypress is the variety that gets golden edges with new growth and lots of sun. We haven't had lots of sun lately so it isn't quite as golden and I think it is just starting a bit of growth with this warmer weather. 
 I thought to plant some bright yellow tulips around the cypress to bring out the yellow highlights on the HC. You can see the beginning of my vision coming together. I can look out the patio doors and see these brilliant yellow tulips blooming. 
I can see that I need more early color out this way.
Looking across the patio to the other side of the garden you can see the Serviceberry is in full bloom.
Oh, look at the left side of that bird house.
A robin is making a nest.
I can watch her right out the kitchen door. She is way too close to the house but I am not complaining as long as the squirrels and House Sparrows allow her to stay there. Not to mention us going in and out of the door many times daily. 
The conditions were just right for her to bring mud to shore up the inside of the nest. She would bring a bill full put it into the nest then sit on it.
Then she would turn this way and that way. 
Then she would press down with all her might. 
She would swizzle down deep then push with her wings to get it just so. 

She studied her nest intently. 
Only stopping briefly to rest upon her creation to see if it felt quite right. I even like seeing the undertail coverts. I don't see them very often.
Hopefully our activity won't be a bother to her. I have made Annie use the patio doors all day. It is warm enough and the bugs are bad yet so I can leave it open wide enough she can come and go on her own. I am not the only one that loves this weather. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Day to Remember

Yesterday was a day to remember. It was a cold and windy spring day.  I looked out at one point and all seemed rather normal except I knew it was colder than usual.
I was admiring the color of this little hosta. No I don't remember the name of this one but the color is striking this time of year. 
I got busy and then walked by the kitchen door again and looked out. WHAT??? SNOW! I could hardly believe my eyes. This is mid April now.
I started watching this spectacle. The furry critters decided it was party time.
The cotton tails were acting like March Hares jumping and chasing around.
They weren't the only ones.
The squirrels perched on warm rocks trying to figure out just what was going on.
The Bloom Day beauties  were being covered.
The tulips I was admiring the other day also had a dusting of snow. 
Of course everything had a good dusting of snow.
Then about 10 minutes later the snow was all gone. Was this a mirage? I hope that spring doesn't follow suite and disappear into summer right before our eyes.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring has Sprung

Even though the wind is howling these warm temperatures and sun shine  are encouraging everything to bloom. I love looking out the kitchen door and seeing some color in the garden. It is difficult to stay indoors for very long with it being this warm.
I am not the only one that is enjoying the sun and warmer temperatures. 
Even many bugs have emerged. Bees, flies. It is nice to see them all. 
Trees are budding. By the end of this day the Redbuds will be open. This crabapple was planted only last year and it is all budded up. 
There is some pale blue grape hyacinths blooming their little heads off. Oh no, maybe it is the wind blowing their heads off. 
The first epimedium is blooming.  
The red, white and blue arrangement out front didn't quite turn out as I imagined but I am not complaining since they are so pretty no matter what the colors. 
The all white tulips are as they should be. This clump has multiplied this year. This makes me happy too. 
The wild violets are blooming up a storm too. Love seeing these cheerful little faces.
Who couldn't be happy when hearing the First of the Year House Wren singing at the top of his lungs on the patio this morning. 
I hope you are all having a good day. Have a great weekend too despite the rain and chill that is to move in. There will be more days like today.

Monday, April 2, 2018

In a Vase on Monday

I don't often fill vases full of flowers. Since it was Easter Sunday yesterday and this year the daffodils were blooming up a storm I thought it a good thing to pick a bunch for the dinner table. 
I put the daffs in a rabbit pitcher. Since it was so chilly here during the day not everyone wanted to go outside to see them so they got to see them this way. 
I also had a couple of tiny vases made up for the bathroom. I brought them out this morning since our bathroom doesn't have a window. I simply placed the small vases into the orchid pot. You can see the little grape hyacinths (left front) and the pink hyacinth on the other side of the pot. The small orchid to the right is also blooming. I think they look sweet together.
Even though I don't often participate in Cathy's meme of IN A VASE ON MONDAY,  I always go there to see what everyone is finding to put in their vases on Monday. You should go have a look too.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Sublime to the Ridiculous

 This morning when I was looking out the windows it seemed a perfect day. The sun was shining so I decided to step out for a bit despite the cold wind blowing.
I bundled up and took a walk through the garden. The Tete tete daffodils were in full bloom as were the big yellow daffodils. 
Some of the fancier versions and narcissus were beginning to bloom.
Then I came upon these. An ever hopeful sign that the Fox that I actually saw the other morning left a calling card.
Perhaps it had been lucky another day.
Shortly after I went inside it commenced to get cloudy and rain. With the rain came, you guessed it, Rabbits.  I say this plurally because there were two this size. 
This one happily scarfing down my crocus. The other went on by the patio doors to another clump of crocus.
When this one snatched the remaining bud that would bloom I banged on the patio doors and off it went.  What would the fox say? I sure can't print what I was saying at this point.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First Day of Spring - Snow

Can't imagine why she set us outside so early in the year.
Yes, what was she thinking? 
I don't know what they are complaining about. I am out here all year long. Woof. 
Obviously we had a bit of snow yesterday and last night. Luckily it will be gone by this afternoon.
No surprises here regarding the snow but yesterday morning we did have a surprise.
I know it is a terrible photo but it was so dark outside and the fox was hunting therefore not being still one second. A first for our garden on the first day of spring.
Did you have any firsts on the first day of spring?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - March 2018

This March I don't have as many blooms to show as usual. What is usual are the blooms I do have. The early blooms of spring. I picked a bowl of hellebore blooms when we had company coming over. Our company was not able to get out into the garden so I wanted  to show them the flowers. When I was picking them I found one windflower (Anemone Blanda) abloom. It is the only one we have had as yet. This colder than normal March is keeping the flowers at bay.
The sun did come out yesterday and make some of the daffodils and crocus open. 
The hyacinths that have been in the garden the longest have opened. The rest are sitting there just peeking out of the ground waiting for warmer weather. 
This is my most prolific crocus. A good thing I like it so well. It is pretty sitting there open to the sun. 
Like the flowers I seem to be awaiting the warmer weather to do much in the garden. As my Dearly Beloved has told me time and again...It is only March. Yet I feel this urgency to get out and do something what with the birds beginning to sing.
For more blooms pop over to Carol's May Dreams Garden. You will find blooms from all over the world. 
Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! What is blooming in your garden?