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Monday, May 28, 2012

A Peek in my Backyard...

What's happening in your backyard these days? Mine is alive with feathered friends at the feeders, and things in bloom... My feeder with niger seed is very popular with the finches, sparrows and chickadees; sometimes I look out and all three are on it.. nice that they all "get along"!! (some people could take a lesson.. just sayin'...) The hummers are still zooming about and they stop for a quick sip at their own feeder. The water-filled ant moat (which does a great job of keeping the ants away from the feeder - available from Lee Valley) is also popular with the birds as a "watering hole". It's fun to watch them hold on and dip their beaks for a quick drink.  I spotted some Cedar Waxwings in the apple trees yesterday- hadn't seen them around for a while...

My Horse Chestnut tree is in bloom again! Yay! (You can read the story on it here - I have a bit of a sentimental attachment to it, I admit.) It has grown into a good sized tree now; it is just outside one of my studio windows and does a great job of shading the room in the hot summer. Doesn't it have a lovely blossom?

Do you have favourite trees? I have two favourite trees on our property, this Horse Chestnut and the maple on our front lawn. There are several other trees in the city that I love too- I keep an eye on them all year long and enjoy their seasonal changes. There is just something about a beautifully shaped tree.... Sigh....   I was doing some reading on Horse Chestnut trees the other day, and did not know that the"fruit" of this tree is not a "real" chestnut. Not the kind from the famous song "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...." The "nuts" from this tree are actually called conkers, and they are slightly poisonous if ingested. The squirrels have a great time burying them in the fall so I never know where I'll find a tiny new tree sprouting up come spring.. I found two in a flower bed a few weeks ago, so I potted them up - any takers?

I don't have a great lot in bloom in the flowerbeds yet, but I did snap a few quick pics today as I circled the house. Very nearby the Horse Chestnut is my Solomon's Seal - although it is often thought of as a woodland plant, it is doing very well in my garden. I have a good sized clump and it's slowly spreading each year. I love the little bell-shaped flowers which hang down from the arching stems.

Also close to the Horse Chestnut is my little "crop" of forget-me-nots. I think they are such a  darling little flower. So dainty -
when I was small I used to imagine fairies wearing them for hats. They are such a lovely shade of blue... ( of course  you know I love any shade of blue)

My Bleeding Hearts are in full bloom now, I have both white and pink... and the hostas are growing like crazy. In less than a week they have gone from just shoots to fully open. How can one small plant produce SO many huge leaves so quickly...

The alliums just started opening yesterday. The heads do not seem to be as big this year.. perhaps I've been a bit neglectful on the fertilizer and bone meal the last few years... once the foliage dies away, I forget they are there! Shame on me!
Well I think that's enough for tonight. You are probably thinking "Will this woman ever stop showing us her garden photos?!"   You see, I have no quilting, sewing or stitching to show you lately, so this is all I have to offer!! ha!
I will likely be taking a bit of a break from blogging over the next few days. I am off to Quilt Canada, and although I'm sure I'll be taking many many quilt photos, I doubt I will have the chance to blog. But I promise- lots of pics when I get back! Have a great week, everyone!


If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden. ~ French Proverb


Patty C. said...

What beautiful photos ;)

Pamela Gordon said...

I never tire of seeing photos of plants and nature in general so keep it up! Your photos are beautiful. Have a great time at Quilt Canada!

Marie Alton said...

Well my dear ... I for one never tire of seeing the lovely photos you share of flowers ... and will admit to being somewhat green with envy that you have such beautiful awesome specimens to snap. Those white Bleeding Hearts are so spectacular ... would love to have some of these myself.

Right now the things that are bloooming in my gardens are Giant Germanic Irises ... the stocks are nearly as tall as me! Mel did snap some pics that I'm hoping to share if and when she can find a few moments to download pics for me,

Hostas ... OMG ... mine are awesome this year ... I have a huge plot of variegated white/ green ones that fill in the bed by the road ... have shared clumps with a neighbour from my stock beds ... and should next year consider splitting some of same to other beds.

Thanks for sharing.

Hugs ... Marie

Marie Alton said...

Oh ... totally forgot to mention a favourite tree ... it's not one that we have around here ... but used to be several of them along one street at our old place in Downsview. It's the Catalpa!

It had huge white fragrant blooms in the spring ... a smell I remember to this day! We used to take this route to the park ... pretty much daily bsck then ... kids gotta climb & swing right?

Leaves are large & heart-shaped ...and the trees themselves had been there for decades ... and had matured to a height of (guessing) 40 feet high. Spectacular shade trees. Ahh ... memories!

Next fave to that would definitely be the Blue Spruce. We do have several in the area ... they are so very regal.

Hugs ... Marie

Dolores said...

Thanks for the photo of the horse chestnut tree in bloom. I grew up in an apartment building and there were two right in front and at least one across the street. I loved those trees dearly but alas, they are gone now. I don't see too many around these days.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures Linda! Forget-me-knots are definitely one of my favourites :)

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