Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ruby Tuesday-Checking In Time

The weather has been gorgeous , so the birds have been visiting a lot. While working on the computer the other day I saw a big black bird checking out this bird hotel. Laughing it him cause I think he must be desperate if he thinks he can check in here.
You see every year I lease this Hotel to the sparrows. They stay all spring and summer.

The Sparrows must have been close by because shortly after the black bird left two came by. Landing on the hotel and started to work.They never left the hotel vacant, always about three around. However one guard was posted on the hotel at all times.

Then not too long afterward came the expecting Mother.
Does she look ready or what?
Of course a guard is still post.

If you have time visit my daughters new blog, she is trying to enter the bloggersworld. She has a great Ruby Tuesday post. Ramblings From Lyd, leave a comment and follow her.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wake-up and Smell the Daffodils

My Daffodils are up and make a great stand.
Been getting some work done in the gardens this week. Noticed the Hyacinths are getting ready to make their appearance. I really love their fragrance. Have about six of them, would love to plant some more. I moved the bird bath, think I have a better location for it. Want to enlarge the current garden by the deck. Add more seasonal layering of pants.

Here are the Daffodils
They are the only ones making the first debut.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Ruby Cherry Festival

With spring around the corner the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be in a couple of weeks. We so look forward to the activities. Here Are some views from last years Festival.

The is the National Cherry Blossom float

a closer look

It's ironic that the beaver is telling us to leave the blossoms alone, The beavers were the critters that were gnawing down the cherry trees along the Potomac. Using the Cherry tree wood for their dams. You can enlarge the photo to read the sign. I guess they learn their lesson.....We trapped them and relocated the beavers to the National Zoo.

And finally the dancers in the National Museum. Oh I can't wait for this years National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rainy Day Here-Spring Work Started

Yes it's a raining day. In a way I'm excited because I know that work in the garden beds will be easier. Tomorrow I plan on spending some time turning the beds. It is still too early to plant anything, we were still in winter here. However in a few weeks it will be time. This is a great chance to prepare the soil. I think this year I want to plant on English garden. I would love to have one that can have a seasonal spread. When visited gardens I am always drawn to the english versions. It must be the colors and smells. Setting among the sweet smelling flowers is a joy. A garden pleasing to the eye, makes one want to be outside more. There are many Garden spots in my yard. One of them has been in the making for about three years. We have composted there and added nutrients for years. I have had worms and snakes working the soil. This year will be the year to transform it in to that English garden. Excited to start and showing the progress to you all. So let the rain soften the soil, for it has began the process of spring yard work.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Our Snow is Gone- Tracks Left?

Went out to survey the backyard and found this track.Hubby thinks it's a mouse getting around under the snow. I thought maybe a snake. The track went under the deck and then out the back side. Ending in the Rose bed. I never thought of those little critters needing to get around in the 70+ inches of snow. Guess they needed to find food also.

So what do you think it is?

A closer look..

I had bunny tracks in the snow, they just jumped around. They had an entrance under the deck by the Pellet stove pipe. I would see them on the deck a lot. I know spring is coming the bunnies are out more and more. We will probably have babies running soon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ruby Tuesday- Night view

I took this during the night blizzard. The snowflakes were so big and beautiful. snow at night it just a wonderful thing to me. We have what Hubby calls Stadium lights in the back yard. I turned them on and snap the photo.

Did you see the ruby in my yard. It's always there.
You can enlarge the photo to find it.

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