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blooming this week

April 26, 2014

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new bloomers this week, from upper left – geranium, ligustrum, red ruellia, coreopsis.  The Yaupon holly tree blooms are just starting to open and honey bees are beginning to cluster around already – it’s definitely their favorite.  Next week we’ll see those flowers :)

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until then, a little look at the garden pathway after the morning sprinklers

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and one of our frequent suet customers, the red bellied woodpecker

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I added chopped apple to the bird feeders this morning and some larger chunks along the fence, but only the squirrels have enjoyed them so far.  The birds are much less inclined than I thought they’d be.

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enjoy this gorgeous weekend!

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sharing here –> Elizabeth & Co’s garden party

three of a kind

April 22, 2014

mourning doves always like company.  They are forever trying to see how many birds will fit into a single bird feeder.  I think the record to date is 11.  Very impressive.

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I liked this particular picture of three doves side by side.  They look so sweet — not at all like the pranksters they are.

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greeting the morning

April 21, 2014

some birds are early risers and call out to their friends.  It’s a peaceful way to wake up.  Even though the light was dim, I love this picture because this northern cardinal looks wonderful with his spiked crown feathers.

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hope you have a wonderful day–

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tufted titmouse

April 20, 2014

I can identify a handful of birds by sight and sound.  The varieties I have seen all my life.  But some common birds are small and rather quick for a casual observer such as myself.  Thank goodness for google.

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this is a tufted titmouse.  They are not uncommon visitors to backyard birdfeeders.  But they are small and quick, so it is wise to keep those binoculars handy.  This is the first spring in my lifetime that I’ve been able to observe one.

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And here he is again devouring a delectable sunflower seed.  They are welcome anytime :)

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bee keeping

April 19, 2014

All gardeners are bee keepers of sorts.  We love pollinating insects.  Even though honey bees can always be seen buzzing among the flowers, they don’t have a hive nearby. But happily, solitary bees live right here on the back porch. We see them digging burrows in our hanging  driftwood sculpture (third image below).

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Makes sense, the wood breaks away easily.

What we’ve come to understand is that the female bees burrow into the wood pieces to lay eggs.

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She will pack pollen into these tiny chambers as a food source for her larvae when they hatch.  Apparently they prefer a particular variety of flower as a pollen source.  The bees living here seem to prefer the blue spires salvia.

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We’re considering installing another piece of driftwood under the porch covering.  A much larger branch that will offer far more protection from the rain for the tiny eggs inside.  I suppose we should get on that task – bee season probably doesn’t last much longer.

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sharing here –> Elizabeth & Co’s garden party

blooming this week

April 18, 2014

Last fall a friend gave us this tiny rose plant that probably came from the grocery store floral section.  I wasn’t sure how sturdy the plant would be, but it survived the winter and has now more than doubled in size.  It has perfectly beautiful miniature blooms.

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Last week we purchased a French Broom at the nursery and I later learned that it is an invasive species that is not recommended for residential landscapes.  Awesome!

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We’ll have to rethink this area of the garden.

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Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

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birds and bees

April 13, 2014

a constant stream of customers to the bird feeders,  squirrel feeders and flowerpots, getting ready for babies

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(pictured:  northern cardinal, brown headed cowbird, blue jay, mourning doves, solitary bee and fox tail squirrels)

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they bring us joy.

wishing you happiness this week :)  thank you for reading–

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