Thursday, April 8, 2010

Berries, Birds and Blooms...

I'm so glad that spring is here I could just sing. That's what the birds are doing!! I heard this bird singing with all her heart. She was sitting on the fence just outside our backdoor and then flew to the bird feeder to eat with her mate. What is this bird? I didn't get a good picture but I'd like to know what they are. He has red on his head and back. They are just a little bigger than the Gold Finch. Now that I'm posting these pictures I realize how bad they are so use your imagination. I should have changed the lens in the camera. In the background of this picture you see part of our shooting range, the milk jug hanging from the tree and part of a target that fell over.

JP went back to work yesterday after having a few days of vacation. They were vacation only in the sense that he wasn't at his paying job. He worked like a slave getting all of these chores done and had a good attitude I might add. He tilled, sharpened mower blades, changed the oil on the mower, mowed, tilled some more----you get the drift.

Yesterday I finished planting our strawberry bed. We've got 26 plants. As you can see we kind of over tilled but that's okay it's not like the grass and weeds won't grow right back. The bed next to the strawberries is the blueberry patch and it looks pitiful. I am ashamed at that and will crank up the weed-eater on the next sunny day. Inside the bed has been weeded but you can't see that for the two foot tall grass surrounding it. Yikes!! Okay, don't look at that anymore, look at our red-bud trees. Aren't they pretty? That's right, shameless diversion :O)

The oregano and sage is up and growing along with the weeds. We're going to have enough sage for the whole county because there are two more plants that aren't in this picture.

The daffodils are almost played out but still pretty.

Our garden spot, crab-apple tree and peach tree.

This is our hanging basket for the front porch. I think the humming birds will enjoy it too. Oh, JP, I need a new hook put up, plueeezzze! His "honey do" list is always full.


Scout 'n Freyja said...

I think I would call our latest post, COLD OFF THE PRESS!☺

Your neck of the woods looks much more hospitable.☺

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Just gorgeous! Spring is my favorite time!

cowgirl said...

Your place is absolutely beautiful Mrs JP!

Lynn said...

Your garden's looking good! We planted 24 strawberry plants two weeks ago and keeping our fingers crossed that they like their new home :) Your daffodils are lovely -- don't you just love those bulbs?

Sierra Rose said...

The daffodils are beautiful!! Love the garden areas and the 'honey do' list!!! Blessings.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Nurse Nancy said...

The bird could be a type of Grosbeak or Red Finch. Let us know if you find out.

MAX said...

Hey there Mrs JP
We call those birds (LBJ's!)...Little Brown Jobs! :)
You really are singing with spring...wonderful! Refreshing! Invigorating! Inspiring!
I love your horticultural endeavours...and your hubby does sound a honey!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Just read your comment on my blog...yup, I couldn't take a bite of one of my dogs or cats or children or grandchildren! But, you have to admit, those cakes are remarkable! When I see things like those cakes I realize that my talent of slathering on frosting is so lame...sigh.

Cindy said...

I agree that it could be a grosbeak. Love the pics of the freshly-tilled soil. I can smell the fresh air and earth right now! Lovey scenes.