Monday, April 15, 2013

April 2013

I don't have as many blooms as I did in April 2012...  Spring in the Ozarks came about 6 weeks earlier last year - I even had Irises in bloom around the 15th of April. This year, however, is probably more of a normal year. I do have a few early spring flowers in bloom. The daffodils are still going strong (especially the white varieties) and many of my faithful perennials are showing their colors.

The weather has finally warmed up to the 50-70°F range, but we're still in danger of frost until the first week of May. And.. it's definitely been windy! Check out Ester's wind-blown feathers!

Here are a few of the blooms I've been enjoying... ♥

Spice Bush (native!)
Bleeding Hearts; maybe one more month until they're in  full boom.
 Stylophorum diphyllum 'Celandine Poppy'
Hellebores; Also a little slow to start blooming, but now they're going strong!
Pulmonaria 'Lungwort'
Its flowers are short living, but the foliage stays looking nice through most of the season. Another bonus of this plant - the deer won't eat it!

I took a break today from the market chores (Rebecca's Bird Gardens) and I finally started cleaning out the garden beds and pulling a ton of weeds. My hens were by my side helping as much as they could. ♥  I have about decided to construct a large fenced-in area for the chickens. I'm getting tired of the girls scratching up my mulched paths in my butterfly garden. And there is the issue of chicken poop - all over the deck and driveway... I love allowing them free range, but restricted foraging may be in their future.

Even though I have countless birdhouses around my property and I'm surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, a couple of birds have built their nests in the strangest places.

A house finch constructed her nest in a Christmas wreath that I failed to take down. Now the wreath has to stay another month or so until her young ones are ready to be on their own. She is actually not the best mother...  She leaves her eggs anytime we are in her sight.

An example of a great mother bird is the Carolina wren that is nesting between the battery chargers in my husband's workshop. She is very protective of her brood and she rarely leaves the nest; even when there is - drilling, nailing, sawing going on right next to her. She's such an cute bird (and full of personality) that we don't mind her taking up residence for a while. :)

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  1. Pretty flowers!
    Bright yellow always says 'Spring' to me!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. Forsythia is one of my all time favorites! I love it when it is left wild- unpruned. My bleeding hearts have barely poked through the ground. Hope you continue to have a colorful spring.

  3. It's so nice to see in my country they are endangered plant and I haven't seen one since I was a little girl. But our woods are full of Pulmonarias and Pulmonaria tea is really great :)

  4. I'm so delighted to see your bright beautiful bloom photographs. It seems spring in our area has not yet sprung, as the only blooming plants I have seen are daffodils. Stunning images! I especially enjoyed reading about your nesting ladies. How fun it will be for you to watch the progress of the nestlings. Luck you! Love the pretty hens too!

  5. That wren is something else?!!! They do find some odd places to us an unnatural place but to them, it's "HOME". Great images. Ester's windblown look is the style these days. By that I mean, we've had some pretty strong breezes here too.

  6. We had a wren build a nest in a pair of my husbands shoes in our garage. I guess he won't be using them for a while, LOL! Do you ever have an issue with your chickens eating the caterpillars when they free range? I have wood poppy and bleeding heart but never thought about planting them together like you have. They compliment each other beautifully!

    1. They love grubs, but not as fond of caterpillars (especially the monarchs - thankfully). This year I am going to keep them out of the butterfly garden though. They've made a mess of it... I'm either going to fence them in or fence the garden :)

  7. Not much is blooming here yet! I love your forsythia.

  8. Love all your blooms. What a wonderful wren.

  9. Beautiful blooms!!!Have a great day!


  10. Your forsythia makes your whole garden smile. Thank you for posting this lovely site on GBBD!

  11. Lovely blooms and images. The shot of the wren on the nest is adorable. Great captures.

  12. Beautiful bright flowers and the birds nesting in such unusual places and so close to you - just wonderful.

  13. Any bird that nested next to my tools would have a very peaceful time - DIY and me dont mix!

    Nice post.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  14. Wow! It is more Spring in your photos than in MA ~ great photos for ODW ^_^

  15. Ha! I've got a couple of Carolina Wrens hanging around our barn. I'll have to see what they're up to inside!

  16. You still have some lovely spring flowers, even if they are a little late.

  17. Love the chicken coop -so cute! And the little flowers are so beautiful! My favorites are the blue ones:)

  18. Thank you for sharing your colorful flowers and especially the nesting birds!

  19. I love to see trees filled with more blossoms than leaves, also interesting to watch birds building their nests in the most unlikely of places. Cheers to gardeners like you who offer them shelter!

  20. Love the girls..I have ducks and geese that poke around in my yard so I understand that. I wish I lived where I could have chickens... Michelle

  21. Forsythia is really beautiful specially in its full bloom. I can look at it the whole day relaxing. Nice photography of that bird. Great photos.

  22. I sell mealworm 9 kilo = 9$



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