He's quite a friendly little fellow.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Yesterday, while planting, he had a pleasant surprise....
The Killdeer is a bird that lays its eggs in fields, and these often become casualties when field work begins. While slowly driving the tractor along, watching the row, he saw a flash of color - a female Killdeer with wings and tail fanned into a circle, protecting her eggs. The brave little mother didn't fly away until the tractor had almost passed her. Hubby climbed off the tractor to inspect the eggs, and thankfully, the wheels had missed them.
Back at the house a little later, he told me about finding the eggs and suggested it might be a good opportunity for photos. Well yes! And here are the eggs, amazingly intact. This field had been dragged in the morning and it's truly a miracle the eggs survived that!
Later I rode on the tractor with my husband, at his suggestion, camera in hand, and while the bird will fly away from a person who is on foot, she stays put on the eggs when the tractor approaches. We drove to within a few feet and I took several photos, after which we backed away and left the poor, vigilant little mommy alone. Click any of these photos to enlarge for detail if you'd like.
Here's Hubby dragging a plowed field...
It's so lovely to see the trees green again.
The Canadian geese like to feed in the fields ....
I explored the river and stalked the geese while Hubby plowed.
It's very pretty down there.
.....but today he finally finished! Oh happy day!
Finishing up with a couple of shots of the view looking past our front yard, taken with the zoom lens from up on the shale bed over by that first field I showed you.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
They make a lovely bright spot against the greens of the hills and hedgerow across the road.
The red leaves make it hard to distinguish the 'red' blossoms....
Do dandelions count for Bloom Day? We certainly have plenty! Our lawn is a sea of yellow between mowings, and even though the bright yellow weeds quickly pop back up after being mowed off, I like to see their cheery pom pom faces.
On Monday I noticed the first purple Iris had opened behind the fringed tulips.
When I came home from work today 4 more blooms had opened!
The Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) are looking brighter and are beginning to open more of their beautiful chain-of-hearts blossoms. The smaller bush in front of the big one still has branches bent to the ground from that recent hard frost, but it's looking much better and is also opening new blooms.
Exquisitely shaped pink and white hearts!
The white bush is always a little later to start, but here's the first bloom.
Forget-me-nots are at their feet.
Brunnera 'Jack Frost' is blooming with tiny blue forget-me-not look-alike flowers. I planted this last summer. Aren't those leaves gorgeous?
Pulmonaria (Lungwort) is a passalong from Marie, also planted last summer. I love the combination of pink and blue blossoms and the lovely spotted leaves.
This creeping Phlox was given to me by my son and his wife last summer. I thought it was a different color to the one I already have, but it looks the same. Nevermind, now I have it in the front garden as well as the back.
Vinca Minor makes a pretty ground cover.
Lamium spreads well as a ground cover too, and also looks pretty mixed with other plants in a container.
These creamy white tulips bloom a little later than most of the others.
This close-up shows the lilac in the photo above is budding. It won't be long before we'll be enjoying the wonderful scent of the lilac bushes.
Here are the Van Eijk tulips again, with Johnny-jump-ups behind them.
These little guys jump up all over the place!
I eventually become ruthless and pull a lot of them out to make room for some annuals and perhaps a few new perennials, but their early color is a welcome sight, and who doesn't love volunteers?
The beautiful red tulips are still looking good.
This lonely little double daffodil is one-of-a-kind where there used to be a clump.....
.....and this sweet pale pink tulip is close by. Both are lone survivors from long-ago plantings.
The Abutilon grew very nicely during the winter in the warmth of the house, and has just begun to bloom again. It will be planted outside again soon. I haven't quite decided whether it'll go in a container or a garden.