Monday, April 23, 2012

A Blanket of Buttercups

These buttercups bloomed overnight. Like magic! 

We spend a lot of time outdoors and  I'm very observant where nature is concerned but I still had to ask my little boy: Were these flowers here yesterday?  Just to confirm that I wasn't losing my mind and all powers of perception.    

Such pretty little flowers.  And they are small-- only about 1/2 inch in diameter.  I love the vibrant yellow and in person the blossoms gleam as if wet. Don't know how to make the sheen show up in a photo so please take my word for it-- the flowers look wet even on a dry day. Very unusual.

Now friends, if you run across a field of buttercups don't be tempted to weave flower wreaths.  Buttercups are toxic!  To livestock and humans. 

In humans, handling the plants can cause contact dermatitis.  I got an itchy little blister on my ankle from wading through these buttercups.  The lengths I'll go to... even endangering life and limb for your entertainment!

Buttercups are members of the the genus Ranunculus and you can learn more here.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Red In My Garden

These vibrant red cuties in my spring garden are Scarlet Globe radishes.  Very aptly named and very tasty too. What veggies are growing in your garden this week?

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Daffy for Dillies

I'm downright daffy for daffodils.  Such merry blossoms... so many shades of yellow welcoming the warm spring sunshine.  

These earliest blooms grow in my herb bed. 

Notice that I'm working the daffodil look myself... yellow blouse, green capris, dirt brown sandals. Silly? Maybe...  but it is a celebration of spring and a girl must dress for the occasion! 

Oh, I just love these frilly trumpets!

A few of the naturalized daffodils in the front forty.

I planted a bushel of mixed bulbs 13 years ago and it was full of  lovely surprises. 

These daffodils run the gamut from white to cream to yellow to orange... from giant blossoms to petite clusters... from long trumpets to no trumpets.

Notice the flower with the spider. Looks like it has fangs of its own-- Mr. Spider better watch out!

Did I mention I was daffy for daffodils?

 Yep, daffy at the very least...  

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Mystery of the Lone Daffodil

On an early spring nature walk, I spotted a lone daffodil at at edge of the woods near the creek.

See it?

I don't remember planting a bulb in such a faraway out of sight location.  But I must have... how else would it get there?  Do animals bury bulbs?

Daffodils are minglers so it is odd to see a loner.  Sure cheers up this desolate patch ground though. But I really need to get it some neighbors so it doesn't have to work so hard.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Egg Day Photo Diary 2012

 Egg Man!

 He stands out in the crowd!

 At the school egg hunt, Talon found 19 eggs. That was the most eggs found and he won a chocolate bunny!  Later, Talon told me he actually found 20 but gave one away to a friend who hadn't found many.  What a good boy! I think I will keep him!

The Easter Bunny stopped by...  he left the basket on the hood of the car out of the reach of  naughty not-to-be-trusted canines.

 Eggs everywhere! In trees, on the house, in garden plants and odd little holes.  I hid one egg in the car muffler. Not the most brilliant idea I've ever had.  When Talon tried to get it, he pushed the egg too far in.  No worries though-- Hub started the engine and the egg plopped right out!

 The Grand Prize Egg!

Happy  Egg Day 2012!
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Birthday!

Talon is very excited to be seven! 

His birthday was the last weekend of our spring break so our little holiday ended with a big bang.  

This year, instead of a decorated cake with a toy on top from the bakery, he asked for a homemade tiered coconut cake. What a funny boy!  I did the best I could-- at least the cake wasn't too lopsided.  Talon thought the cake was very fancy. He was so thrilled with it that he has already put in an order for a cake with eight tiers for his next birthday.  Yeah, right... 

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