Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blooming Friday ~ Spring is Here


The last couple of days have been really beautiful -- if you were to look up spring, these last couple of days would be there. Sunny, with a light wind and temperatures in the mid-70's. Everything is starting to be covered in spring green, the birds are singing like crazy, and the native flowers have started to bloom.

This Bloodroot has been blooming for several days. I've never seen it bloom this long before. It's planted in front of the house and I hope that eventually it forms a colony.


Before long the Eastern Columbine will be in bloom. The foliage is
beautiful right now, a lovely combination of rosey pink and spring green.


'Veilchenblau' is leafing out.


Our passalong family daffodils are in full bloom. They look like sunshine captured in flower form.





The birds are very active and conspicuous. Birdsong fills the air every morning.


This Cardinal is after the remaining birdseed that I have
been putting down in the gardens between the house and the drive


and this bluebird is hawking for insects.






Success!


I was getting a little close for his comfort, so he flew uphill a little ways to light on the neighbor's fence post, where he struck various handsome poses. His mate was hunting one fence post down.




Next month the resident birds will start nesting and the migrants will start coming through. I saw a chickadee taking nesting material into the little nestbox at the back of the big perennial bed yesterday; if they decide to really use the nestbox, it'll be the first time in 3 years.

Thank you to Katarina at roses and stuff for hosting Blooming Friday.


32 comments:

  1. Beautiful -love these daffodils, and the birds! Love//Eva

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  2. How lovely for you, flowers, birds and spring. I really envy you as I know you already know;-). Have a warm and nice weekend!

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  3. Such beautiful photos. Ive seen a couple bluebirds here lately. None seem to be using the houses I put up this fall nor the one they used last year. Maybe it's still early for that, but I thought they were already nesting this time last year. I love spring.

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  4. How wonderful, Sweet Bay! I agree, the daffodils are sunshine in flower form, there is nothing as cheering as seeing them en masse as winters fades into the past. Your bluebirds are wonderful, what a great shot of him with his dinner in beak! It is cold here at the moment, near freezing and wet, but we know that spring will come and stay for a while soon. I hope! :-)
    Frances

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  5. I love Bloodroot and Bluebirds! Nesting already... you are so far ahead of us... snowdrops are up here but not much else. Happy Spring blooms to you Sweet Bay!

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  6. Lovely pictures. The ones of the bluebird are my favorite. I haven't seen many around here. I don't know why, because usually we have several pairs. Thanks for giving me my bluebird fix for the day. Carla

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  7. Those birds are posing to great effect - very attractive plumage. I've also included a Bloodroot in my BF post but mine have not opened yet.
    I like the way pictures of the same in different parts of the world can illustrate the differences between seasons. Very simple to understand!

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  8. All the signs of spring are here in your garden, Sweet Bay! Seeing the bluebird is a special treat; how nice of him to pose for you.

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  9. As always, your bird photos are stunners. I particularly like the cardinal and the gumball, so regal!

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  10. I love the sun thru the daffodils! And, I'm jealous of your blue birds. We only have those pesky town wrens.-- Randy

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  11. I love to see pictures of daffodils, we never get to see the real flowers! No wonder so much poetry is written about them!

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  12. Beautiful photos of the flowers and the birds, Sweetbay! Spring is such a wonderful time!

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  13. Sweetbay, What a charming post~I love the flowers, but the bluebirds are so delightful! They really do take care of the bug problem...gail

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  14. I love the closeup of the Bloodroot- and the daffodils are captured perfectly! I've never even come close to getting a shot of any of our Bluebirds. They just taunt me and laugh as they fly to the next perch from which to watch me:)

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  15. Such gorgeous images of Springtime beauty! Those daffodils I feel I can almost reach out and pick one!!
    Wonderful images of the cardinal and blue bird!!This post was a breath of Sunshine for me!
    Thank you!

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  16. Happy Spring,
    You have a Blue Bird for your shoulder.....gorgeous photographs. Daffodiles are the flower of Spring for me...your photogrpahs are very lovely....Ahhhh...Spring.
    Sherry

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  17. I love the last daff photo!

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  18. Great action shots of the darling little bluebird. Enjoy your weekend and that beautiful spring air!

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  19. Your temperatures rise smartly from herein I guess.

    Beautiful photos, I hope the Chickadees nest this year.

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  20. Heisann!

    Yes, we have something nice to look forward to in Scandinavia, beautiful springflowers!
    Have a wonderful Easter!

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  21. Your post fills me with sun and joy! So much beauty to enjoy!
    Happy weekend!

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  22. SweetBay,
    That Cardinal in the sweet gum tree is great! Our columbine is almost ready to open, perhaps a head of yours?

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  23. I so totally agree with you that daffys are sunshine personified 0r is it flowerfied?:) The bluebird is precious.

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  24. What gorgeous photos, esp. the backlit stained-glass daffodils, blushing columbine foliage, and that lovely bluebird mugging for the camera on his pedestal. :) Isn't spring wonderful?

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  25. Wow! You've got really perfect extreme close-up shots! They look more beautiful and look like I can really touch them especially those daffodils. Here, Spring has sprung too! It's always nice to wander around the garden at this time.

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  26. I hope your chickadee decides to use the house ~ if I were a bird, I think I'd love your garden!
    Your weather sounds fabulous ~ just what I've been wishing for but guess what? Finally, I think it might be in store for us ~ this coming week! Yay! Loved your bluebird photos Sweet Bay and the daffodils. It's looking really beautiful there.

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  27. Your pictures really show how Springy it is there. I love the Daffodils and the pretty colorful birds. I hope the Chickadees stay, they are fun to watch.

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  28. Hi Sweet Bay,
    My kitchen remodel is finished, and I am so glad I am almost finished putting things away, because next week, we are supposed to get some 70s.

    I enjoyed seeing your spring photos. That blue bird did strike some great poses. I imagine my first daffs will open in a week or so.

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  29. Sweetbay, Happy Spring in your beautiful garden!

    Sorry to report that our new bluebird house we put out last month still has no bluebirds... not even a looker. :) I am still hopeful.

    Have a great week ahead.

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  30. Good evening, Sweet Bay!
    Lovely birdphotos you are delivering!
    Here in Sweden,it's time for cutting Lavandula, and soon it´s time for the roses.
    Have a nice week!
    best wishes,
    AnnA

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  31. I think I have seen more bluebirds in the last few years than ever before. Your photos are really good of them...especially the one on the post.
    You know the only columbine I have with buds on it is growing in the crack of the pavement and the house. funny.

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  32. Arent the warmer temps of spring wonderful? The pretties are opening and the wildlife is hunting for mates and homes.... LIfe is good...

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