Thursday, April 3, 2014

Early spring flowers

To anyone who saw a couple of old posts accidentally put up as new and the 2 who commented on them - sorry about the mix-up. I was searching through my blog for some things, found some spelling errors, and when I republished the posts they published in current time even though they shouldn't have. Foxgloves are not in bloom here yet!

The crocus have just finished; the weather was perfect for them and they had a good long run. They are planted in pots and mulched with sharp gravel or the voles would happily eat them.

Crocus tommasinianus

The winter honeysuckle has had a nice long run too, over 3 months.
The heat this week will likely finish them off. Honeybees love them.

The daffodils from DH's grandmother's garden were beautiful this year.

This double Lent lily (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) came from her garden too.

Single Lent lily

Narcissus 'Trevithian'

Split corona daff, can't find the name.

I have a lot of clearing to do.

I am clearing slowly because of these little birds.

White-Throated Sparrow, picking at a mound of ground up flax seed.

Not just White-Throated Sparrows but also Song Sparrows (neither of which will stay
here to breed), resident Chipping and Field Sparrows, Cardinals and Goldfinches. The
other day I was talking to DH in front of the vegetable garden and there was a river
of birds streaming behind his head, following the cover at the edge of the garden.

I hear/see Brown-Headed Nuthatches working on this dead pine tree almost every day.

A group of Carolina Anoles have overwintered on the side of the house, three or four, all different sizes.


This winter has been so wet that the pond in next to the neighbors pasture has overflowered several times.

Georgia Speedwell (from the Russian state of Georgia)

The yard is a crazy quilt of grass, clover, deadnettle, henbit, tiny field pansies, and creeping speedwell.
It looks beautiful in the golden light of late afternoon.


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous, especially the nuthatches and sparrows are lovely, but I don't know what to think of Carolina Anoles, they look nice but I think they are a little bit creepy. I see it's daffodil time at your end too. Enjoy the beginning of spring!

    1. They aren't actually creepy in real life though. lol They are quite small, 3 to 4 inches. They entertain us with their displays on hot weekend afternoons. They have a red throat patch that they blow up and they bob up and down.

  2. It does look beautiful in the garden with the sun rays.

  3. I can understand your hesitation about cutting things back - I'm sure the birds appreciated the cover provided by the brush when the weather was nasty. Your spring flower pics are gorgeous - the few crocus that we had, as well as the daffodils, are already history here.

  4. So beautiful, so peaceful ... The daffodils are marvellous ! Love your photos, Swwetbay, the last one is just perfect !

  5. I wouldn't cut anything back yet, either. It's all too full of life. Did you throw out the flax seed just for the birds? Are the nuthatches making a cavity or eating bugs? Another forest patch near me has been demolished to make way for more houses. It just makes me love your wild area all the more. I"m so tired of more houses and more people.

    1. The flax was the last of a bag for the horses, and I threw it out both to enrich the lawn and to feed the birds.

      The nuthatches are doing both! Brown-headed nuthatches breed here so perhaps they will use that tree for nesting.

  6. Sweetbay, your property is full of life and so beautiful! I think I could spend time there and for a while all the cares of the world would be forgotten. Your golden daffodils are a cheery note, and the one with the split corona is gorgeous. You asked me about my daffodil with the pink cup. All of my daffodils came in a naturalizing mixture and were unnamed. The one with the pink cup is one of my favorites!

    1. Thank you Deb! I will have to try a pink daff next fall, since we live in similar climates. Yours is beautiful.

  7. Thank you everyone for your comments!

  8. It's good to see the daffodils and crocuses and honeysuckle with the bees getting to work. Spring has sprung!

  9. Hi Sweetbay, I always think that you live on such an amazing property. But it is certainly a lot of work to keep it up! I love all the daffodils and narcissus that you are having. It is so great if you have so many blooming together in large clumps. The impact is way much more impressive! Your bird photos are a joy to see! Have a good start into the new week!

  10. So nice to have pass along daffodils from DH's grandmother's garden. Great photos.

  11. Obviously we both love crocus, especially the Tommie's! Great close up shots of the bees.

  12. Hi Dear,
    oh so beautiful - spring!!! Fantastic bee photos you made - congratulations!!!
    Have sunny days

  13. It looks like everything is coming alive. I don't know why but my winter honeysuckle was disappointing this year. It did bloom but didn't last long and I never noticed the scent like I normally do.

  14. beautiful blog......must be of a beautiful person:)

  15. You are lucky to have so many daffodils, here they are iffy with the lack of winter (except tazettas). Computers are mysterious things :), my Safari quit recently and when I tried to use Chrome it wouldn't let me leave comments on anyone's blogs (including my own)...


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