Anybody have cabin fever, yet? One way to fight that feeling is to get outside, especially with spring making our temperatures warmer. Digging in the dirt is a cure for the inside blues, isn’t it? I feel for those of you stuck in city apartments, or in cold weather, where there are no gardens nearby. We are so fortunate to live on our beautiful mountainside, with forest all around us. So, I hope you enjoy a walk around our place today, with some pictures taken over the past couple of weeks. My bulbs have bloomed beautifully, at least the ones the squirrels and voles haven’t dug up to eat. Still, the hyacinths gave a few lovely, fragrant blooms. This purple one was the largest and longest lasting of the bunch.
The yellow one was sparse, but the color was pure.
Behind the pretty purple was a vibrant magenta color one.
Early one one overcast morning, three does crossed the meadow and then the driveway. It appeared to be the same mom with two little does that I saw last year all spotted, and now more grown up.
Back to the flower bed, the double daffodils were waking up. The pink hyacinth put out three flower spikes this year, each one pretty and fragrant, but not really full of blooms.
Beautiful blooms were on these double daffodils, with white edges and orange centers, with a bit of yellow, too.
Over the course of a few days, several opened up and showed their happy faces.
More shining yellow happy faces are sprinkled down the hill.
On the feeder, hungry birds keep making short work of the full feeder of seeds. They make me laugh as they get out a big seed, then hold it between their toes and beat it with their beaks.
The pair of bluebirds are still here, this is the female on the left. That’s a titmouse on the right.
At the far edge of the meadow, white flowers on the pear tree are coming out. The reddish ones behind this tree are the flowers of the maple tree.
The cherry tree is bursting with pretty pink blooms.
A towhee stopped by for a visit. His mate was nearby.
As we enjoyed a rare warm evening, we cooked out on the grill and enjoyed the song of a house finch in the redbud tree next to the garage. He sang his little heart out, and kept going for quite a while. It was overcast this day so the colors aren’t bright.
Our cardinal pair are still living nearby. Cold and rainy weather mean they come by for the suet cake more often.
I felt sorry for this squirrel, so I gave him some oatmeal bread a few days ago. It didn’t take long for him to learn that if he came up to the door and looked hungry that he might get fed. I chase him off the veranda, though, I don’t want him digging in my pots. But on this day, he was being a good squirrel, sitting at the base of the bird feeder pole on the ground, and looking hopeful. It was about 38 degrees this particular morning, so I made him a squirrel sized peanut butter sandwich. He scarfed it down in no time. My Sweet Babboo thinks I’ve lost my mind. But everybody needs to eat, and this is the time of year that squirrels have the least amount of food as their winter stashes get depleted and the spring food has yet to grow. Of course, a few days later he was back. Last Sunday, he actually came up and knocked on the sliding glass door!! He has learned that a soft touch lives here.
Two turkeys have been hanging around. These boys are not the same ones as before, as they are still a bit skittish. But they have been here before as they didn’t run off when I stepped to the veranda with a bit of bread for them.
They shyly came up, and got a bit more relaxed as the bread bits came to them.
I wanted to show you the final bloom of my amaryllis. It put out four beautiful blooms this year, brilliant velvety red.
All four blooms were open at once, lovely!!
Inside, my plants are doing better this year than ever before, and I am thrilled. These are my tomatoes, several varieties.
Lots of squash, with the most vigorous plants I’ve ever grown from seed. The light has made all the difference.
The basil started late, but it is doing well.
And more tomatoes, along with some flowers. Looks like I’ll have full pots soon.
The best transplant days coming up in April are the first and second, so I got busy readying the larger pots yesterday. I’ll thin the herd here, placing the most robust plants in bigger pots. I am afraid to put them out until after our last frost date of April 15th, but I’ll be hardening them off this coming week. This weekend, My Sweet Babboo and I worked on washing the veranda railing as the temperatures were setting records for warmth. It was a good workout in the fresh air, accompanied by bird song and a gentle breeze. The freshly clean white railing shines behind my overwintered spike dracaena, and blooming geranium. It is starting to look like spring here.
What is going on in your garden now? Are you digging in the dirt while we are all at home?