Sunday, May 5, 2019

Birds, gardening, and what does the fox say?

Poor Robin.  Winter isn't quite done yet.   It melts off and then snows again.  It sounds like it is supposed to stay cool  until June.  The birds aren't going to wait.  They are here in full force.  The chipping sparrows always make me smile.  

The yellow-rumped warbler is like a gymnast trying to get the catkins.
This warbler was also hanging precariously in its efforts to get some spring fodder.
The junco seems a tad grumpy.
This house finch is eyeing the feeders.
This turkey hen has a nest nearby.  Everyday she wanders by the feeder and then meanders down the road.  For as long as we have lived here we have had a hen nest below the cabin.  I'm sure it isn't the original, but certain she is a descendant of the first hen.
This was our big weekend project.  We have always wanted a live Christmas tree.  I saw this wonderful combination of pine, juniper, and dog wood.  We made a few modifications.  I hate pine trees, so this little Black Hills Spruce is the focal point.  I just need to get some red twigged dogwoods and it will be perfect.  While we were taking a break from shoveling, a fox trotted by us.  Now all my poor husband hears is me singing, "what does the fox say?"  
I got a bunch of basil (I love basil on pizza) and thyme for the herb pot.  I have them in the greenhouse, but I must be very aware of the weather.  It is supposed to dip below freezing a couple of times this week.  I also got a few metal planters from Runnings for my greenhouse.  They are the perfect size.  In fact, I think I will be able to add one more.  My seedlings are all up and I am so ready to garden.  Unfortunately, the weather isn't as ready as I am.  I did some serious spring cleaning this week and it feels good to have the house ready for summer company.  Now when it finally warms up, I'll be guilt free to go outside and enjoy gardening.  
Do you have your spring cleaning done?  Has winter let go in your area?  I hope you are all enjoying good weather, perfect bird watching, and great gardening.

P.S.  The tulips in the header are from about 15 years ago.  They came up one year and that was it.  I don't have the best luck with tulips.  That picture always reminds me of the saying by Emerson, "the world laughs with flowers."


  1. I love that saying. We are warmer where we are now (zone 7!) and every weekend when we head back up the mountain, it's like going back in time about 3-4 weeks. There are also different sounding birds here. I've been trying to figure out which sound goes with which bird, but if I stop and watch them, they are silent until I get back to being busy.

  2. Love the new heading and not surprised that they were from an earlier time. Enjoying seeing your birds too.

  3. Hi Bonnie! Oh, it looks so good! It IS fun to prepare a place for summer visitors.

  4. Winter has unfortunately returned here. You do have some beautiful birds.

  5. Your place is just beautiful and full of color. So many lovely bird shots.
    That is a beautiful picture of the tulips. We don't get cold enough here for good blooms.
    One year we were in Michigan at the time of the tulip festivals. Oh my gosh, that was tulips.
    Oh yes, all I have done since Jan. Has been spring cleaning. I keep hoping I will finally be finished. Not yet though. Every thing is so pretty when spring finally gets there. The birds know. :) Have a great week.

  6. Those birds are so much fun to watch. We have lots of visitors too and it's just so cool to see them again. We had snow yesterday (inches of it) and then rain. The wet weather is great for pastures, hay fields, and flowers. I can't wait for my tulips to pop open. They're so close!


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