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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring in my Garden - Iris Douglasiana

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 Also known as Douglas Iris and Pacific Coast Iris, Iris douglasiana is a wildflower that grows just about everywhere along coastal Humboldt County.

I have both this creamy-white one and the signature purple-blue one (not blooming yet) in my garden. And guess what? I didn't plant them. They just come with the territory.

Discovered by and named after early explorer/botanist David Douglas, this iris is the official flower of the Humboldt Botanical Garden.






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Monday, April 25, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday - Yellow Rocket Flowers

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Rocket, also known as arugula, self-seeds and grows quite rampant in my corner of the world. 

I will often pick a blossom and pop it in my mouth savoring the peppery sweetness that floods my tongue as I chew on the tiny morsel.  The leaves give a peppery kick to milder lettuce salads.

We used to have a lot more rocket around our yard but my gray Arab mare likes it: The day after I took this photo, I let her out to graze and in the blink of an eye the rocket was gone.



Mellow Yellow Monday features photos that feature yellow.

Start off your week with yellow. It's mellow.






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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

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Apple blossoms after a night of rain

Easter morning has dawned gray and wet.  With a difference.

The scent of blooming flowers and unfurling leaves, however fleeting in the dampness, is unmistakable.

The hint of a breeze creates a brief lifting of clouds allowing, if not actual sunshine, a bit of warmth.



And as I sit here in my office typing this, I look out my window and am thrilled with the many shades of green that welcome the day.

Small pleasures.

Rejoice in whatever makes you happy on this Easter Sunday.  Mine is this.




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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Ruby Red Sparaxis

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The chickens are eating the sparaxis faster than I can take photos of them (the sparaxis, not the chickens).

I really am going to have to do some triage on my poor, innocent flowers that bloom joyously with the ever-so-fleeting sunshine and then get pecked and decimated by the hens.

You'd think I didn't feed them (the hens, not the sparaxis). You should see my feed bill.

Luckily, these lovelies were in a protected spot just waiting for their Ruby Tuesday walk-on.



Mary's got a lot more ruby photos this week. Click on over to take a look.





Sunshine today!

Glorious sunshine!

Warm too.

But not to last.

Rain is forecast for tomorrow.











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Monday, April 18, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday - Yellow Tulip

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A surprise yellow tulip has sprung up in my garden. I know I planted it but darned if I remember when.

And I think the chickens or slugs must have made quick work of it in the past because this is the first time I've seen it.

Weird.


Like yellow?  Click on over to Mellow Yellow Monday, a fun and very yellow photo blog.





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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring in My Garden - Pregnant Hellebore

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Now this is what I call being really pregnant.

You can see earlier photos of these beguiling nymphettes here, here, and here, when they were young, quite beautiful, and by no means innocent.

I consider this phase exquisite





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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Of Daffodils and Goats . . .

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I was up early last Saturday morning taking photos of the dew-laden daffodils that each spring beautify an otherwise ugly black plastic pot on my back deck.

Then we went off to shop the first farmers market of the season - Yay!  (Photos coming.)

When we returned home we were greeted by this:

Courtesy of our neighbor's goat.  A not unfriendly, perfectly nice goat that shouldn't be able to walk into our yard at will, but seems to do so anyway.

Here are a few more photos from early last week:




I really hope that goat got a bellyache.




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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Bucolic

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Although April is not what you'd call warm yet, and rain is still on the horizon, here is what is true this morning:  my sweet old mare can be out in her corral having her breakfast instead of in her stall because the ground is too muddy; the lilacs are putting forth their apple-green leaves and buds; a small spider dared to spin a web fully exposed to the fickle elements; my backyard hens are now laying 6-8 eggs a day instead of 2 or none.

All sure signs that our hemisphere is turning toward the sun.

Just as it should.

Albeit
               so
                           very
                                          slowly.





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Monday, April 04, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Early Spring Tulip

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 Six out of seven tulip buds are waiting to bloom in an old black plastic pot beside the stairs to my office. Someone always has to be first, and she put on such a show in yesterday's bright morning sunlight that I knew she would be the Ruby of my Tuesday this week.


Mary's got a lot more ruby photos to show you. Check 'em out.


 


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