Happy New Year - Blessings and Best Wishes for 2014!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Is There a Reason to Post Flowers Today

 Other than the fact that the first of my several Amaryllis bulbs began blooming today...?


And two more are "on the way!"


They remind me of Easter Lilies.  Happy Easter to you and yours.  Blessings to you and yours.  :-)
SG

Monday, March 10, 2014

Zippety Doo Dah and Zowies!!

It's getting closer to Spring's arrival, here.  Sunday afternoon's snow was 1/2 gone by yesterday afternoon, when these photos were taken.  Today, the only bits of  snow left is in select, north sides of buildings.
Emerging "kittens" on my brother's weeping pussy willow tree.
Planted last Spring (2013) in his memory.
 Woo-hoo!  Daffodils are emerging!
 Heirloom (tiny!) crocus in the grass... their second season.  :-)
 Another site near the driveway.
 The latest snowfall - receeding!
 
emergent Muscari
 Are you sharing these sentiments?


P.S.  One more item rising in the garden... this time in the backyard (which would seem to make more sense)...  Moles... new tunnels.

Springing Forth with Good Wishes to You!!
SG  :-)

Central Gardens in Clear Lake, Iowa

These are photos I took a few years ago.  These gardens were begun several years ago, with the expert advice from the people of Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.  I'm not sure this garden fairy resides there any longer, but it was created to celebrate RAGBRAI's ride through town at that time.


Last year, RAGBRAI cruised through our town!  We were encouraged to create items for display around our town square that had something to do with bicycles... Perhaps using bicycle parts.  Say no more, I thought at the time!  I took inspiration from the above garden fairy to create my Garden Praying Mantis!  lol. I will post a photo of my sculpture at the end of this post.

This is a view of the walkway (below) that leads around Central Gardens.



Below is a little recirculating stream.


I do enjoy a pond with Lily pads!


This is a beautiful spot that has become a popular spot for weddings.

Okay.  Here's "my" Garden Praying Mantis.  She stood outdoors downtown all summer last year.  She was the result of my participation in the annual fund-raiser for our local Art Association.  She was purchased by a local citizen and I know she's enjoying her new home!  :-)




Thursday, February 27, 2014

Yesterday's Wildflower Wednesday post!





Beautiful sight...
 Bright
 White
Snow
Drapes the delicate framework
of a Springtime
"wannabe!"
:-)


lol   For truly sweet and "serious" postings, head over to see Gail at Clay and Limestone.  Read the comments and see who else has posted!  :-)

SG

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Whether or Not We Liked Yesterday Morning's Weather . . .

. . . it truly was beautiful!!
Front yard

It was also intense at times!

Back yard


Little snow pellets (not sleet)






 I had been derelict in filling the feeders Sunday...
so I hurried out Monday (with my camera in my pocket)!









Listen carefully.  Can you hear the snow falling??


Monday afternoon turned out to be sunny and beautiful.  I can walk on a crust of snow, now, though!  :-)

SG

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Busy Time in the Front Yard Today!

First the feeders









and then the heated birdbath:

Bluejay

English Sparrow

Goldfinch

female Cardinal

female House Finch and Goldfinch

male Cardinal

Starlings (not "darlings")

I was trying to wash a few dishes at the kitchen sink.  However, the birds kept landing on the bird bath!  :-)

SG

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What??? In the middle of January???

After having lived in SE Iowa for an extended... and I mean EXTENDED period of time (34 1/2 years), I thought I had "weather" figured out!

I mean, after having been raised in extreme North Central Iowa (25 miles or so south of Minnesota), Winter is Winter!  Starting earlier and lasting longer.




So yes, with an exception here and there, cold Winter weather usually begins after January down here.  However...


Just look at what I saw at 8:00 A.M. Monday morning!

An influx of robins and cedar waxwings!  And I have proof!!
Any worms residing here are deep under the icy ground!

See the chubby one at the top left of this next photo?  I believe that's our overwhelmed(!) "Mr. Resident."  Usually he guards the crab apples on this tree and chases everyone away...

By mid-afternoon, nearly all the robins and cedar waxwings had left to search other food sources... leaving "Mr. Resident" back in his domain... chasing the remaining few intruders away!
  

We have very little snow left... too bad.  I assume, given the fact that we're still in the middle of January, we'll receive more!  (I hope!  For several reasons!)

Have a great day!
SG