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May 25, 2014

Flora – up close and personal

Filed under: Flowers,Spring — Judy @ 2:12 pm

Some more of the flowers and foliage showing off now.

Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'

Polemonium ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Amethyst Myst Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Amethyst Myst’

Pulmonaria Mrs. Moon

Pulmonaria ‘Mrs. Moon’

Yellow iris and Scilla hispanica

Early yellow iris and Scilla hispanica just opening

Painted ferns and Brownies coral bells

Japanese painted ferns and Heuchera ‘Brownies’


Trollius (globeflower)

Burkwood viburnum

Viburnum burkwoodii

Mayapple flower

Mayapple flower

Violets and coreopsis

Wild violets in the Coreopsis

Isn’t that last one sweet?

May 17, 2014

New bird

Filed under: Birdwatching — Judy @ 4:44 pm

While we were working today, a flash of lemon yellow high over my head attracted my attention. (Let’s face it though – looking up is much better than looking down at the ground sometimes!) It definitely wasn’t a goldfinch because it was much bigger without the black and white on it. When we got home, I checked it out on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds site here and found out it was a Great Crested Flycatcher! Booya!

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

This bird hunts insects high in the trees, swooping around, and making a ruckus in the leaves when it spies some luscious tidbit crawling around up there. It has a distinctive call and is the only Eastern flycatcher that nests in tree cavities. Apparently this means it may make use of nest boxes – another reason to put some up!

I’ve added him to my life list which isn’t all that long since I don’t go out and specifically hunt new ones down, but it is the newest I have had in a while.

May 15, 2014

Scenes from the homestead

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Our gardens — Judy @ 1:39 pm

Everything is popping out and it is starting to look very lush around here. Hard to keep up with taking pictures of the individual flowers so I’m posting a few scenic landscape pictures today.

From the front door

The hill and veggie gardens

Bottlebrush buckeye

Under the crabapple tree


Those are blueberry blossoms in the lower right of the last picture. I’m anticipating a bumper crop … if the birds and chipmunks don’t get them first!

May 1, 2014

May Day Flowers and Foliage

Filed under: Flowers,Spring — Judy @ 1:24 pm

Spring is here! A few flowers and foliage images to celebrate May Day:

The pinkish new foliage of Polemonium ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – this is such a great 3-season plant!

Polemonium Stairway to Heaven

Chionodoxa forbesii – “Glory of the Snow” – love this blue!

100_3232 Chionodoxa

Pulmonaria ‘Mrs. Moon’ – Lungwort – the spotted foliage is the thing!

Pulmonaria Mrs Moon

Yup, gotta have daffodils!


Quince is almost open!


Primula vulgaris – primroses – terrible name, but such a lovely scent on these sweet yellow flowers!


Are you dancing around the maypole today?

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