Long Time Gone

The last time I shared the life of the gardens nighttime temperatures were below freezing and there was snow on the ground.

Now windows are opened both day and night while the cacophony of bird songs overwhelm one’s sense of hearing.

Babies are born, flowers grow and vegetables harvested.

The gardens are another year older as are its inhabitants …

Parrot Tulip 2017
Parrot Tulip
Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Robin family
Robin family
Baltimore butterfly
Baltimore butterfly
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Eastern Cottontail rasbbit
Eastern Cottontail rabbit

 

 

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Turkey Vultures Down the Road

Not far from the family of fox photographed the beginning of the month a trio of Turkey Vultures braved strong wind gusts to bask in the mid-spring sun

Trio of Turkey Vultures

 

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Turkey Vultures

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Turkey Vulture ready to fly

Not in My Garden

As beautiful as these elusive creatures are I prefer they continue their hunting practice across the stream in their woodland garden.  Unfortunately I have seen their paw prints in the newly fallen snow along garden paths on my side of the stream!

American Red fox animal

A Garden Walk – Upper Gardens

Each new year adds another layer of nuance to the gardens

A view of the home looking south
A view of our home looking south

Beds are expanded, new plants arrive and others return to the soil

Foundation Planting - Northern Exposure
Foundation planting – Northern Exposure

The one constant is the organic nature of life  – change

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Kitchen garden and potting shed, formally a smokehouse

Nothing remains static

Larkspur and Climbing Polka
Larkspur and Climbing Polka by the road at entrance to driveway

Even garden architecture will show the signs of age

Newest addition to the gardens
Newest addition to the gardens

Months of preparation morph into months of maintenance

Dill
Flower emerging on a Dill weed plant

The life of a gardener

Iridescent Cloud

After a walk in sub-freezing temperatures, Maddie and I took a moment to relax.  Upon looking skyward, I saw an iridescent pink cloud on an otherwise canvas of blue. 

I understand why people believe in signs!

Iridescent cloud 1

This iridescent cloud was observed on January 26, in the western sky at approximately 3:10 PM.

Iridescent cloud 2

For further information please see:  www.atoptics.co.uk/droplets/irid1.htm

Iridescent cloud beginning to dissipate

Iridescent cloud beginning to dissipate