Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Nothing much new bloomin' in Western New York this week although the grass is green and the trees are just beginning to get their leaves. We have had continual spring showers and when driving around there is lots of standing water. Once the sun comes out, I know it will sometime, it will be time to mow the grass!
I picked a few regular size and mini daffodil for the Easter dinner table.I added some pretty blue Siberian Squill to the mini daffs. I never planted them that I remember but they sprout up all over.
The Helleborus, Royal Heritage Strain in the shade garden are looking well. The tag shows white and purple flowers and maybe they will turn later but I love all the shades of color in these blooms.
The Brunnera, Jack Frost is busting thru the leaves and mulch and
Solomon's Seal is poking it's head up.
The peony tree has sprouted leaves and buds in just a couple days. Imagine what it will do with some sunshine.
The temps are warming and the rain will be falling most of the week so I think I'll just sit back and watch everything grow. If you'd like to show us what's bloomin' where you are planted, grab a button (more options by clicking the button on the sidebar), add your name and permalink to Mr Linky and give this post a 'shout out' on your blog.

Now sit back and enjoy the spring tour!

1. Candy @ The Little Round Table
2. Tallulahs Antique Closet
3. Betty @ My Cozy Corner
4. Debbie J @ Homemaking Dreams
5. Racquel in Virginia
6. Darla, North Florida
7. Happier Than A Pig In Mud
8. Garden in front! @ Moms Sunday Cafe
9. Beccas Southern Garden
10. First Salad of the Year
11. Dirt Princess
12. Bonnie-MN
13. Rosemary
14. Linda's Lunacy
15. Zoey
16. The Trumpit is Bloomin
17. Nancy's Notes
18. A Season for All Things
19. Michelle
20. Deb
21. Beccas Southern Garden

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thief! (edit) Thievery and Destruction!

I've been having trouble with the bird feeder on
my second story deck. It keeps getting moved and was close to going over the edge a couple times in the last 2 weeks. I blamed it on the starlings that had begun coming to the feeder, so I scared them away when I caught them there.

Imagine my surprise when I got up early one morning and found 2 raccoons sitting on the rail eating from the feeder!

I called a friend and borrowed a trap. It took a couple nights but Monday morning I had my thief! It is quite small so I assume it's just a baby. It was very calm and usually they go crazy. I got it in the car before the girls came for the day and we went for a ride

I dropped it off in a wooded area by a creek a few miles away. Apparently they climbed up the post where the trumpet vine is. I don't want it to be lonely so now I just need to catch it's brother or sister.

The girls loved seeing it and were telling it goodbye! Click the picture and check out Jerzie's 'Punky Brewster' outfit! You do remember her don't you? Jerzie was in her footed pj's, lady bug rain boots, a pink jacket, her knitted blue and orange Mets hat and one light blue and one pink mitten! That's what vacation is all about, right?

And now for the destruction. I did catch another of the culprits but this one was a little feisty! See all the 'stuff' in the cage? That was a sheet I wrapped the cage in when I put it in the car. I guess I left it too close to the cage. I can't believe it pulled a sheet in the cage thru those little holes and shredded it during the night. What a mess!

The wind must have blown the corner of my rug into reach so it even shredded a corner of the rug. I took it to find it's sibling and I must admit it was calm by then. I think I'll keep the trap set for a couple more nights in case their parents come looking for them!

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Another Bloomin' Tuesday and I don't have much more to show. I looked out the window on Sunday and had to run out and get pictures.

Yes, that's hail!

Lot's of big hail!

Then the sun came back out!

The side garden has a few spots of color.

A couple clumps of daffodils and

the Lenten Rose is beautiful again this year.

I forgot to add my profile picture that is the Lenten Rose from the shade garden. I have prim roses around the shade garden and edging the path. A couple colors other than pink and white are blooming this week.

I thought this was more red than it is but I love this color. We're still getting cool weather with talk of a little snow but I guess that's what spring is all about.

We'd love to see what's bloomin' in your neck of the woods. Just grab a button, more choices if you click the one on the sidebar, add your name and permalink to Mr Linky and add a link to this post on your blog. Next tell all your bloggy friends and fellow gardens to come over and join the tour!

Happy Bloomin' Tuesday!

1. Happier Than A Pig In Mud
2. Candy @ The Little Round Table
3. Tiny tulips in Oregon
4. Tulip Time
5. Betty
6. Darla, North Florida
7. Racquel in Virginia
8. Debbie J at Homemaking Dreams
9. Blooming Desert
10. Amber
11. Rosemary
12. LindyLouMac in Italy
13. Beccas Southern Garden
14. Honey Crisp Apple Tree

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Favorite Things Friday

'These are a few of my favorite things'...

Vintage mirror found in the attic of a house my Mom bought.

One of the things I loved about my house, glass door knobs.

Vintage leaded glass windows I bought at an antique mall and had installed in my dark entry.
These windows and stained glass ones are often seen in entries or stairways in our area in modest older homes.

What are some of your favorite things? Show us by adding your name and permalink to Mr Linky.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring 'Window Box'

I have my 'window box' all ready for spring. This is my second set of pictures. The first set was taken in the snow! I didn't want you to think we had snow again.

You can't really tell but I put my lighted branches in with the pussy willows and forsythia.

We've had some nice spring showers and the grass and gardens are turning green. It's still cool but that's expected around here this time of year.

I took these pics this am, just look at the beautiful bright blue sky!

Don't forget to take your 'bloomin' pictures' for Bloomin' Tuesday!

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Welcome Spring!

I finally have some blooms in Western New York so today marks the beginning of our 4th Bloomin' Tuesday!

I thought I'd show you the backyard gardens before the leaves come out. This area along the left is my day lily garden. There are also plenty of daffodils getting ready to bloom. I cleaned this bed while the girls played today.

The back left is my shade garden. There is a huge maple just beyond the pic on the left.I like this area a little woodsy so I won't clean it up too much.

You can see the middle garden in both pics. There is also a shrub garden by the shed and a bed along the neighbors garage, both are cleaned.

This walkway goes to my beauty shop. I still have a lot of work to do in these 2 areas, although we had such a great fall I did better than usual then.

Jerzie is showing you how small these daffodils are. (That's a 4 year old hand). I have bunches of these here and there.

Some pretty blue anemonies blooming next to a hyacinth bud.

There are prim roses along the stone walk thru the shade garden.

The pink and white seem to bloom first.

Look at the buds on this red! It should be beautiful soon.

I have a white Lenten rose in the shade garden

...and a burgundy one in the side garden. They are hard to photograph because they are so low to the ground.

I would love to see what's bloomin' where you are planted! Just add you name, state and permalink to Mr Linky below. Don't forget to add a link to this post on your blog. You can use my daffodil button or pick from others by clicking the button in my sidebar. The 'rules' are also posted there.