May

The month of May where I live is one of my favorite times of year. Spring is in full swing, my yard is coming back to life with a vengeance, lots of birds are busy at the bird feeders and bird bath and I can open the windows when the weather teases of summer.

The birds have been loving the new birdbath.

I’ve never seen so many goldfinches in my backyard which has been a wonderful treat.

Sometimes the birds are on the move and I have to take a quick photo through a dirty window, like this bluejay right outside the kitchen.

Other times I get lucky and notice a cardinal hanging out in the tree above me while I’m standing in the backyard on a break from working from home.

So many wonderful reasons to be out in nature, watching the wildlife in my backyard and soaking up the wonder and magic of Spring!

Spring Flowers and Snow Flurries

We’ve had snow flurries in between sunshine yesterday and today!

I’m happy to discover the new daffodils I planted last fall are blooming throughout my backyard. I wish I had planted more so I’m writing a note to myself for next fall.

The temps were below freezing last night so I had to bring in the new pansies I planted over the weekend. They are such cheerful flowers so I hate to lose them this early in the planting season.

I love these signs of spring so the cold temps and snow flurries are a little disheartening. I live in the northern hemisphere so I’m ready for spring and summer! How about you?

Notes From My Garden: It’s Amazing Out There!

I’m always in awe over everything that’s happening in our yard and neighborhood during Spring, especially after seeing all our plants go dormant and stay brown and grey for so many months in Winter. We planted lots of bulbs last Fall, so it’s exciting to see new flowers blooming throughout our gardens.pink petalspink snow

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purple tulipsorange tulips lilies of the valleySo many sizes, shapes, colors and textures! It’s amazing out there! Hope you’re enjoying Spring too.

Terri

 

Notes from the Garden: Spring is Here

Spring is definitely here! We have so much blooming right now, including our crab apple tree which looks and smells like a beautiful, giant bouquet.

pink tree

crab apple blossoms

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It’s such a fun time of year to hang out in our backyard and explore! You never know what treasures you’re going to find. Hope you’re taking time to stop and smell the spring flowers.

Terri

 

Notes From the Garden: Spring Treasures

We are starting to see more and more signs of spring around here. This week we have new daffodils blooming and buds s.l.o.w.l.y. starting to open on some of our vines, shrubs and trees.

first daffodil of spring

spring greens

Sometimes you have to look closely to find treasures in the wild.

vinca vines

buds on crab apple tree

skull in backyard

look – a small skull! how cool is that!
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look – a mallard couple, probably stopping by to ask for directions to the nearest pond!

We finished all our spring clean-up chores, so now I’m ready to plant some spring pansies and spruce up our patio with a few flowering containers and baskets.

It’s such a fun time of year to start exploring our backyard again! You never know what treasures you’re going to find.

Terri

 

Notes From the Garden: Signs of Spring

We are starting to see more and more signs of spring around here. All kinds of birds have returned, which is wonderful to hear in the early mornings and at dusk, a chorus of robins, grackles and mourning doves.

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buds on magnolia shrub

buds on apple tree

tiny crocuses

spring bulbs

It’s such a fun time of year to start exploring our backyard again!

exploring the backyardspring in the backyard spring in the backyardspring in the backyardI’m anxious to look for more signs of spring, to find more buds opening and bulbs popping up and blooming. This week’s yard chores include raking the lawn, getting fresh mulch for all of the garden beds, and planting pansies.

Terri

 

Signs of Spring: Tulips and More

On my weekend treasure-hunting excursions throughout our gardens, I found a few tulips in bloom that the rabbits haven’t eaten.

pink and orange tulip

Some of the tulips came up in places different than where we planted them. I think the squirrels have been busy rearranging things for us.

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I love looking at our neighbors’s gardens which are chock-full of colorful tulips. Since I didn’t have time to plant more bulbs last fall, I am cherishing the few tulips we do have. And making a note to self to plant more bulbs in fall. I think I’ll try to plant late-blooming tulips since the rabbits love to eat the early-blooming tulips which are some of the first plants to come back to life after a dormant winter.

ruffly pink tulip

ruffly purple tulip

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It’s always exciting when our bleeding heart shrubs start to bloom. They are such a delicate, dainty plant. They grow right next to our front porch, making it so inviting and fresh. We like that they spread because we find more new shrubs in different places each year.

bleeding hearts

Happy treasure hunting!

Terri

 

 

Signs of Spring: Buds on the Trees

It’s always fascinating to watch buds on the trees open in spring and transform from tiny buds to looking like flowers to unfurling into leaves.

willow buds

forsythia buds

maple buds

crabapple buds

buds on maple tree

buds on shrubs

Our trees have been a little slow this year to awaken to spring, so I’ve been anxiously watching for the buds to start to open. Hope you’re out looking for signs of spring!

Terri

Signs of Spring: Buds, Birds and More

Spring is my favorite season because everything comes back to life revealing so many cheerful pops of color. More and more signs of spring are popping up after our 6-day marathon of clouds, cold and rain finally moved on.

Weekend Postcard digging in the dirt
lone crocus

first dandelion

There are buds on the trees and birds gathering for their nests and combing the grass for bugs and seeds.

tree buds

grackles combing the grass

robin combing the grass

robin and tree buds

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I was finally able to dig in the dirt, plant a few cool-weather annuals, and make our first trip to the garden center. Very relaxing and energizing!

first trip to the garden center

pansies at garden center

pansy planterHope you are enjoying spring too!

Terri