It is going to be busy, busy for several more weeks, so it is important to take a moment to breathe, and find some calm and peace. For me, the early morning when the dawn light softly lights the fog across the valley, settling in the layers between the hills is quiet time. Birdsong delights my ears as the light increases.
Before the last freeze, the double daffodils bloomed in their bed.
These are just so gorgeous, with apricot ruffles between white petals.
Stunning, a true gift in the garden.
Visiting this week, a small flock of wild turkeys came by with one male and four females. He stood off to the left on the driveway, while the ladies came up to get bits of whole grain bread.
At the edge of the lower meadow, the pear tree is beginning to bloom.
Near the house, the redbud tree is showing the promise of a full lavendar bloom in the next couple of weeks.
As we enjoy the beauty of our part of the world, my thoughts go to the people of Ukraine. Several well known bloggers are putting together drives including Gundrun Erla of GE Designs, and Pat Sloan. My friend Mary’s blog post We All Come From “Somewhere”, is an amazing story about her personal connection to the Ukraine, and how she honors her father and grandparents while supporting the fight of the Ukraine people. She has links to ways you can help as well. I am happy to help get the word out, as I cannot host anything myself this time.
Inside the Carolina Room, I didn’t know what to do with the toad lilies when their fronds turned brown. I wasn’t sure if they would come back, so I left them. Turns out, they put out new ones, so I need to prune out the dead ones.
Amazingly, the larger avocado tree made it through winter just fine.
The gardenias and spike dracaena did well too, as did the little avocado tree. The verbenas shriveled up, so I think they are a lost cause. I still haven’t planted any veggie seeds, and if I don’t get to that this week, it will be too late.
Inside, the orchid’s first bud seems to have been lost, as it has turned brown and dried up. The second bud is still progressing, and there seems to be one or maybe two more below it. I hope it makes it al the way to a full bloom this time.
On the feeder, I’ve been participating in the Cornell project Feeder Watch. It goes through April, and I’ll post my counts when I can. I’ll do a few minutes when I have time as every little bit helps the scientists track migrations and habits.
Yesterday’s National Quilting Day exhibit at the library was fun. There were 25 challenge quilts on display. Mine won third place in Viewer’s Choice, thanks in part to my pickleball friends who stopped by to vote. Thanks guys!! If you’d like to see all the entries, click HERE to see the Facebook post with all the quilts.
Tomorrow, C&T Publishing is having a Spring Fling Sale. Monday 3/21 – Friday 3/25, customers can enjoy up to 50% off quilting, sewing, and embroidery books, patterns & more!
Sulky’s National Quilting Month sale has 20% off all Notions and Gifts, ends tomorrow.
What’s going on at your place on this first day of Spring?