On this holiday weekend, I thought it would be nice to spend Sunday in the garden. As the days blend into each other, it is becoming a challenge to remember what day it is, LOL!! Today, let’s pause and enjoy the beauty in the world around us, and rejoice in nature’s bounty of spring, counting our blessings and hopefully keeping healthy. The first of the irises began blooming this week, pretty two tone purple, with the pink redbud blooming in the background.
Covered in pink blossoms, the pollinators are showing up to the redbud in abundance.
The tulips made their annual appearance.
Meet George. He’s been showing up regularly, gobbling loudly and looking for a mate. We’ve just about run out of names from It’s A Wonderful Life, so I’ll have to move on to another movie soon. George was puffing and gobbling, and has done this for several days, sticking around for about half an hour at a time before strolling off into the woods.
He was strutting so much one day, I had to get a video of him. He’ll fluff up and then start gobbling and fold the feathers down again. We went on like this for quite a while, but I stopped the video after a couple of minutes. This should embed and all you have to do is click the middle of the video photo to see it.
On the feeder, the goldfinches wearing their bright summer colors were chowing down. Seven were feeding at once this time.
Inside the house, on the seedlings bench, I gave the ladybugs a place to stay. They were coming in the house anyway, so I put them to work eating the aphids that often accompany indoor plants.
It warmed up enough at night to begin hardening off the seedlings. Just look how big my tomatoes got inside!
Truly amazing, these are the best I’ve ever grown.
All the plants were moved outside to harden off for a few days. Unfortunately, we had a frost this week, so they had to go to the sunroom instead of in the ground. Maybe next week, but the best transplanting days aren’t until the 19th. I don’t think I can wait that long as they are outgrowing the peat pots and the roots are now in the trays.
The geraniums were kept alive over the winter, and began blooming again in the warmth and sunlight.
Behind the garage, the hosta bed is expanding. Soon it will completely fill this area.
In the meadow and on the mountainside out back, violas are creating purple carpets of color.
In the flowerbeds, I finished the weeding and put down a layer of mulch.
I’ve been spending a bit of my time lately quietly waiting, camera in hand, watching the trees for a bird to land and stay still long enough to photograph. It takes some time, but I did manage to get several shots of a goldfinch.
The cardinal was singing his little heart out on this day. I got a nice picture of him, but he is sitting on a telephone wire, and I don’t think that qualifies as a natural environment. I need to get one of him in a tree. It is funny how he sits on one foot, with the other one tucked up underneath him.
Another geranium bloom came open. The color is just gorgeous.
Yes, the squirrel still comes by regularly for a handout. I know, I am a soft touch. But it is warmer so he only gets a piece of whole grain bread, not a sandwich now.
Out front, the azaleas are starting their spring show. The white one is pure and undamaged this year, just stunning!!
I hope you have a wonderful day today, call and video chat with your friends and family, have gratitude for our wonderful world. Stay well, stay safe.
How are things in your part of the world?