Monday, April 20, 2015

More Springtime!

You know me, something pretty comes along and I go overboard posting pictures.


Aren't the pinks and purples and blues of spring beautiful? In fact, this is the prettiest spring we've had in a long time.


Wish I could show you the hundreds and hundreds of tiny blue "Quaker Ladies" that are in bloom. The ground is simply covered.


Ever notice how hard it is to get blue flowers to show up blue in a picture? Or is it just me? I seriously need to mow the yard but can't stand the thought of mowing down all the tiny flowers. 

Must say, it is getting a bit snaky looking around. Speaking of snakes, Saturday I walked right up on two. Both were rat snakes but people round these parts call them black snakes. One of the snakes was big, like five feet long maybe. He looked at me then slithered on down to the brush pile. Folks, I stopped dead in my tracks...chills!!! Then I immediately came across another rat snake up near Poppy's shop. This one was smaller and faster and quickly disappeared into the woods. Once I've seen a snake in the yard...every step I take I expect to see another one.


This bright pink Azalea has a pale pink one underneath, not in full bloom yet.


More Quaker Ladies and Ajuga.



and a couple of Dogwoods.

I've just finished outside, closing the chicken house door and the gate to the guinea's pen. There is a storm coming. The thunder is getting closer. Once we get through these storms tonight, we are supposed to have fair weather...sunshine and no rain for the rest of this week. Lows in the 40's and high's in the 70's. Does that sound wonderful! I want to finish planting the teeny tiny garden.

Better get off this computer. Oops! Loud thunder!

Love,
Henny

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for showing all the beauty! Quaker ladies re new to me. That is a wild flower we don't have on the west coast. So pretty.. I wouldn't mow yet either. in fact with those snakes slithering around, I would not be the one mowing at all!

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  2. Rat snakes don't bother me much, I don't think I've ever had one not slither away from me as fast as he could go. They're even better than cats at keeping the rodent population down. However, I never went out in the unmowed part of the yard without boots on ever since I nearly stepped on a copperhead. Apparently, they tend to freeze rather than run.

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  3. I could never mow that beautiful 'blue' lawn. Love your photos of your Spring flowers. I only have crocuses that are showing up. I'm thinking of planting some pansies since they can be planted early. Since this is our first Spring here I'm really not sure what flowers I might see. I do know the field is full of daisies at some point and I'm looking forward to that. SNAKES.....they stop my heart. I have many stories of coming across them as a child when least expecting them and I have lived with a fear of them since. I am terrified of them and will run the opposite direction. I wear high boots now on this property just in case I come across one. And I'm sure I will :{

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  4. Beautiful! I love spring and all of the flowers the clean and brightness after a rain. Love you

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  5. You have some nice looking Ajuga too! Your spring blooms are so pretty. I am certain I could not live there if I saw a snake...I am very afraid of them...we rarely see any around here. One was dead in the drive near the mailbox one year and I wouldn't get the mail for weeks until the guys moved it...like I said very afraid:(

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  6. You have such a beautiful garden with all those beautiful flowers however, I do not like the sound of snakes. I think I would struggle to be out in the garden knowing snakes were about.

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  7. We rarely see snakes here (thank goodness) and nothing like the size of yours (thank goodness again). Your grass with the tiny flowers is just lovely. I couldn't mow that either. I don't have as much blooming as you, but most of the flowers are blue, including Ajuga as well.

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  8. I don't think that there would be snakes in Wales, the UK Adder likes dry sandy slopes and we have wet rocky mountains. Your garden is glorious, keep on with the photos.

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  9. I uncovered a snake just last week while gardening. Once I see the first snake of the season, it puts me on alert !

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  10. Well, you always seem to have a trade off between beauty, and something unappealing! All of your lovely flowers and blooming fields, in contrast to the freezing winter, and another thunderstorm on the way. Not to forget the snakes, Like some of your other readers have mentioned, it might be a good idea to put your boots on! I think your teeny tiny farm is just splendid!

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  11. I've never heard of Quaker Ladies, either, but am sure I've seen them. There are so many gorgeous wildflowers that I wish I knew more about. We lived in San Antonio for several years and loved the bluebonnets so much we gathered seeds and planted them in an undeveloped space behind our back yard. They thrived and were spectacular in the spring. We waited to mow until they were ready to reseed themselves so we'd have them again the next year. Your yard is absolutely gorgeous!

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  12. Great flower photos , but I really expected to see snake photos! When looking at flowers it's easy to bumble on to a snake.

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  13. Lovely flowers! Snakes give me the creeps. As far as I know we don't have rat snakes here in B.C. but we do have the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake. Luckily not in the area I live in.

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  14. Stunning. So beautiful where you live.

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