Sunday, April 28, 2019

Springtime in Our Gardens

Nothing is more welcome than when spring arrives in our gardens. The azaleas are blooming and their color is just stunning in our landscaping project from last year.







I was surprised when I took the picture below that a Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly was fluttering around the azaleas sipping the nectar. 



New Dimension Blue Salvia is in bloom. I'm hoping I will have success in trimming the tops after they finish bloom for rebloom in the fall.



Vernique Blue Speedwell is also blooming in the front bed.




I'm not sure about my iris plants.  I cut the fans and replanted them last fall during our big landscaping project.  


They produced beautiful foliage, but only one iris bloomed. I'm thinking they have not been getting enough sun in this location.





Our Redbud trees are starting their third year and presented beautiful blooms this year.




This yellow flower may be just a weed or a wildflower, but I've been enjoying it's brilliant color.



In the backyard gardens, Daylilies are growing but it's too early to see any blooms. Hubby bought me a sweet little rabbit for Easter to sit in the gardens.



One of the beds in our backyard is around a tree and is in the shade the biggest part of the day. It's perfect for hostas, ferns, astilbe and columbine.



You can see hostas, garden ferns, cinnamon ferns, and coral bells (heuchera) in the pic below.




Little Lantern Columbine is presenting showy blooms of red and yellow. 



The blooms on the columbine are so delicate that I try to never touch them. Wild blue violets have popped up by the Columbine. 




The columbine grows near hostas and garden ferns.






Astilbe plants are up and will soon produce beautiful showy flowers. (check back later for blooms)




Although it can be a bit overwhelming this time of the year, I love working in the flower beds . I'll keep plugging away at the weeds; thanks for stopping by - Judy.

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Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop @ Claire Justine

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Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday
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Friday, April 26, 2019

In the Birdhouses #1

We have seen bluebirds near the back of our property (three acres) for a couple years but have never been able to photograph them. Last summer, we put out three bluebird houses but no luck. The very first day we put them out, a pair of bluebirds went in one of the houses then soon came out. I guess he didn't like the house or was just checking it out.




Well, this year our luck changed. We started seeing a pair going in and out of one of the houses.  This evening, I was able to sit very still in a chair and snap some pictures. Although my pics aren't perfect, I am happy to just get the opportunity.



The male bluebird has a sky blue head, back and tail. It has a rusty red breast and white belly.(above)



The female is lighter in color with more of a grayer head, back and tail but has the same rusty breast and white belly. (above) Sorry, but this is my best pic of the day.

I only got one pic with the head turned and it's not great but I'll share. You can see the rusty color breast and the white belly. 



You have to look close at the first pic in the second row below and you can see the bluebird flying straight towards me.



I sure hope to get some better pics another day of the Eastern Bluebirds. Thanks for stopping by for my new series: In the Birdhouse #1 - Judy.


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Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

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Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

First Hummer of the Year

I put my hummingbird feeder out a couple of days ago. My kitchen sugar supply was low so only a small batch of sugar water was made.




Low and behold, this morning a hummer scout visited my feeder.










It's always exciting to see the hummers when they start returning to my feeders. - Judy.


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Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturdays
Camera Critters on Saturday

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Creative Mondays @ Claire Justine
MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Tuesday's At Our House @ Our Home Away From Home
Reader Tip Tuesday with this week's Craft & Recipe Party @ Jodie Fitz
Tutorials & Tips @ Home Stories A-Z


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Inspiration Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Talk of the Town @ Kick of Time on Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop @ Claire Justine

Share Your Style Link Party @ White Arrows Home 

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Thursday Favorite Things @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home

Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sunday