2023 · Beautiful Colors of Spring · In Our Garden · Texas

Beautiful Colors of Spring (4)

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Gardening in Texas ~ Spring 2008

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2023 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · Wildlife Wednesday

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Downy Woodpeckers give a checkered black-and-white impression. The black upper parts are checked with white on the wings, the head is boldly striped, and the back has a broad white stripe down the center. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head. The outer tail feathers are typically white with a few black spots. Downy Woodpeckers hitch around tree limbs and trunks or drop into tall weeds to feed on galls, moving more acrobatically than larger woodpeckers. Their rising-and-falling flight style is distinctive of many woodpeckers. They make lots of noise in spring and summer, with their shrill whinnying call and drumming on trees. The woodpecker in open woodlands, particularly among deciduous trees, and brushy or weedy edges. They’re also at home in orchards, city parks, backyards, and vacant lots.

2023 · Beautiful Colors of Spring · Connecticut · In Our Garden · Ostara

Spring’s Coming Soon To Your Neighborhood

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It was so nice today: warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. The Harbinger-of-Winter, Crocus, and Periwinkle are blooming. The snowdrops should be done blooming, soon. Birds chase each other and sing the songs of reproduction. That sounds better and more kid-appropriate than calling it the “Screams of Sex”. Soon, we will have birds building nests and tenting for their offspring. The bears come out of their Winter dens after a long Winter of hibernation. Nature begins to wake up. I’m still waiting for my little chipmunks to appear in our yard. I haven’t seen them, yet. They might snooze for another couple of weeks.

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2023 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · Throwback Thursday

Texas Gardening In March 2013 (1)

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I started my garden in the early Spring of 2013 by sowing beans, bell peppers, corn, pumpkins, sunflowers, tomatoes, and other goodies. I also worked on some herbs. At least, I had something ready to grow in the greenhouse, once the parts arrived and I could finish building it. Joshua made sure, that I watered the seedlings every day. And Sara enjoyed the milder days on the back porch.

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2023 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · Texas · Throwback Thursday

Texas Spring In March 2013 (1)

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2023 · In Our Garden

Goodbye February, Hello March 2023

American Robin

Two months into the new year: Today ends the meteorological Winter. Tomorrow begins the meteorological Spring. Some of the bigger bushes and small trees begin to bud in our front yard. But Spring needs another four to six weeks to make its way to Connecticut. We still expect snow in March. And the nights are bitterly cold. Spring is so close and still so far away.

2023 · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Texas · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (13)

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When two seasons collide … (Part III)

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2023 · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Texas · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (12)

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When two seasons collide … (Part II)

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2023 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · Wildlife Wednesday

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (Colias philodice)

Clouded Sulphur

This species is a typical member of the genus. Both genders typically have pale yellow wings above with no traces of orange, unlike its close cousin theΒ orange sulphurΒ which may also be yellowish. Males have clean borders, while females have yellow dots within this region. Females sometimes exhibit a white form known asΒ alba.

The underside of the male’s wings is yellow while the female’s is yellow or greenish white, and both have a doubledΒ hindwingΒ spot trimmed in brownish red. The hindwings show a series of four small red spots along the outer third portion, a trait that distinguishes the other North American species such asΒ Colias interior, except for the orange sulphur which also shows them. Its wingspan is 32 to 54Β mm.

This species has white formΒ albaΒ which can be very common in some populations, while rare in others. It can be confused with other white forms ofΒ Colias,Β particularly that ofΒ Colias eurytheme. It can often be distinguished by the border pattern of both wings, though some individuals are impossible to separate without the presence of other “normal” specimens. Though they differ in flight style, the white forms ofΒ ColiasΒ may be confused with other pierids such asΒ Pieris rapaeΒ andΒ Pontia protodice. White-form males are also known, but exceedingly rare in this species.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colias_philodice

2023 · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Texas · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (11)

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When two seasons collide … (Part I)

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2023 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Throwback Thursday

Pre-gardening In February 2013

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In February 2013, I purchased a 8 x 6 ft. greenhouse kit. While I was waiting for the kit to arrive at our house, I started some seeds with Katelynn and Sara. We also prepared some avocado pits and let a pineapple grow roots in a jar filled with water. The girls had a miniature greenhouse with colorful salad tomatoes.

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2023 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Wildlife Wednesday

Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos)

The Pearl Crescent is a butterfly of North America. It is found in all parts of the United States except the west coast, and throughout Mexico and parts of southern Canada, in particular Ontario. Its habitat is open areas such as pastures, road edges, vacant lots, fields, and open pine woods. Its pattern is quite variable. Males usually have black antenna knobs. Its upperside is orange with black borders; postmedian and submarginal areas are crossed by fine black marks. The underside of the hindwing has a dark marginal patch containing a light-colored crescent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_crescent

2023 · Days of The Week · Flower Friday · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Dutch Iris

Dutch iris (Iris Γ— hollandica) is a hybridΒ bulbous iris. Its name does not reflect its place of origin but rather the Dutch people who hybridized it.Β Iris xiphium, the parent species associated with the Dutch iris comes from Spain and Portugal. The 3- to 4-inch flowers are usually multi-colored. Blue, bluish-purple, white, bronze, rose, gold and yellow are the most common colors.

https://www.thespruce.com/growing-dutch-irises-5101138

2023 · Days of The Week · Flower Friday · In Our Garden · On Our Property · The Greenhouse

Garden Pansy (ViolaΒ Γ—Β wittrockiana)

The garden pansy (Viola Γ—wittrockiana) is a hybrid, one of whose parents is V. tricolor, which is a weed of European grainfields, the other parents being V. lutea and V. altaica. The tufted pansy, or horned viola (V. cornuta), is the parent of numerous forms of bedding pansies. The wild pansy (V. tricolor), also known as Johnny-jump-up, heartsease, and love-in-idleness, has been widely naturalized in North America. The flowers of this form are usually purple and yellow and less than 2 cm (0.8 inches) across.

https://www.britannica.com/plant/pansy-plant

2022 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Wildlife Wednesday

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

Ladybirds are perhaps the most well-known and popular of all European beetles, and the seven-spotted ladybird is one of the most common species. The Seven-spotted Lady Beetle is native to Europe and was successfully established in the U.S. in 1973. This rounded beetle has bright red wing cases with seven black spots, although some individuals may have more or fewer spots. The thorax is black with patches of pale yellow at the front corners. The common name of this group of beetles, ‘ladybird’, was originally given to the seven-spot in honor of the Virgin Mary; the red wing cases symbolize the Virgin’s red cloak, with the seven spots representing her seven joys and seven sorrows. The larvae are blackish in color and are active predators of aphids.

2022 · Christmas Season · In Our Garden · On Our Property

St. Nicholas Day 2022

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Happy St. Nicholas Day 2022!

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · In Our Garden · On Our Property

The Last Autumn Colors In November 2022

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Beautiful November Days

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Beautiful Colors of Autumn (7)

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Autumn Bradford Pear ~ 2012

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Our Yard In Mid October 2022 (1)

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Happy Autumn!

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Our Yard In Early October 2022

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Autumn has arrived. Our yard and forest become more colorful as the season goes on. We had cooler nights, just above freezing, which help the leaves to turn into their beautiful colors. Just in time, the Autumn berries begin to ripen for the cold days ahead. Birds and small critters will need all the nutrition they can get before Winter will arrive in New England. Most birds have left for the South, where they will over-winter until Spring comes back.

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · In Our Garden · On Our Property

The Remnants of “Ian”

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While Hurricane Ian was causing a lot of damage in the Caribbean, Florida, and Carolinas, it began to fall apart as a tropical storm in Virginia last week. Now, the remnants of Ian linger in the northeast causing temperatures to drop, high winds, and a lot of rain for the last three days and nights. I’m tired of the rain. Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to warm up into the low 70s with some sunshine. This will hopefully be a much better opportunity for some Autumn photos.

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · In Our Garden · On Our Property

My Scandinavian Autumn Gnomes/Tomte Nisse (1)

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πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚πŸ Happy Autumn! πŸπŸ‚πŸπŸ‚

Last year in July, Kevin bought me a set of Autumn Tomte Nisse (Scandinavian aka. Swedish Gnomes). I was so excited and could barely wait for Autumn. I remembered that I wanted to do some photo shoots with these little guys. Here are the results of the first shooting. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do. Either way, I had a lot of fun with Sven, Christopher, and Gunnar. Yes, I picked some Swedish names for my gnomes as well. πŸ˜‰

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2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property

National Hummingbird Day 2022

National Hummingbird Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in September every year. Some communities celebrate this day with activities that include educational programs, hummingbird viewings, and field trips. Hummingbirds share the raising of the chicks and males live a lot shorter because they use so much energy in defending their nests. They use a lot of energy in flying and need to rest every 15 minutes, so we must make our gardens hummingbird friendly.

Happy National Hummingbird Day!

2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property · The Greenhouse

The End of Summer 2022

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August is almost over; Sara is ready to go back to school. Summer is coming to an end, and it is time to get prepared for Autumn. The garden needs to be prepared for the Autumn/Winter season. A lot of crops love the cooler days, like cabbages and carrots. That’s also a good time for weeding the garden, since the mornings are not so warm anymore. Soon, the migrating birds and insects will visit the yard. It will be good for them to have a welcoming place where they can rest, before they have to move on to travel south. In the meantime, I’m sitting outside with a cool drink in my hand and enjoying the last days of Summer.

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2022 · In Our Forest · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Our Yard/Forest In Late August 2022

I love going outside when nature is covered in heavy morning dew. While Kevin did his morning walk, I captured some photos in our yard. So many beautiful dew droplets were hanging off these berries and leaves. When Kevin came home, he said he saw a doe with her fawns, and several rabbits out there. The dew will hydrate them. Maybe they will leave our neighbor’s tomatoes alone. Well, there is hope. The squirrels and chipmunks are quite sneaky. πŸ…πŸΏ

2022 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Saturday - Caturday

Ozzy, The Garden Inspector

Two years ago, Ozzy came out to join Chewbacca in the backyard in Texas. Once he was tired of pouncing to catch bugs, he enjoyed a stroll through the raised bed garden. He had a lot of fun playing β€œHide and Seek” with Chewbacca. Ozzy played garden inspector next. The pumpkin leaves make nice umbrellas for shade; the potatoes and tomatoes show another set of nice leaves to hide behind them. And the bird feeder is refilled for the delicious β€œfood” to show up in the garden. Everything is perfect for a young cat to explore the yard. When Ozzy decided to sneak over into the neighbor’s yard, the exploration was over. He had to go back inside. Exploration makes a cat very hungry. It was dinner and then nap time for our little β€œMeatball”. Ozzy loves meatballs and he looked like one.

2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Our Yard In Early August 2022 (2)

While photographing a few plants in my yard, a black animal crossed my path. Is this Bruno, the Black Bear everyone is talking about in our neighborhood? Okay, when I looked again, I noticed, we have a black cat in our yard. This was not my first encounter with this cat. My neighbor tried to get that cat out of his yard to dig holes and take a crap in his garden. At first, I thought it was Trixie, he tried to shoo her out of his yard. The second time I saw that cat, I knew it wasn’t Trixie. Chewbacca and him/her got into a fight. And this was the third time he chased a hummingbird across the yard. Naughty cat! Maybe I need to put a spell on him/her. I went back to capture photos of the yard, once the cat was out of sight.

2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property · The Greenhouse

Seeds For The Summer/Autumn Season 2022

My new set of seeds from Botanical Interests

Last week, I ordered more seeds from Botanical Interests for my greenhouse garden. And today, the package has arrived. The company always puts so much L.O.V.E. in its packages. Since it is only mid-July, there can still be so much done in a New England garden. Some of these plants can handle low temperatures, once they have established their roots in the ground. In the meantime, I want to enjoy some yellow, orange, and red colors inside the greenhouse in Autumn.

2022 · In Our Forest · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Beauty, The White-tailed Deer

Usually, when I go into the bathroom I always peek out the window in the morning. This is the time, when wildlife is very active on our property. I looked around the backyard. And sure enough, I saw the rearend of a White-tailed Deer. I put my shoes on, grabbed my camera and tried to be as quiet as possible walking out the patio door. When I looked at the spot, the deer was gone. Then I turned right and saw her standing in the fern eating tree and shrub leaves. I’ve couldn’t got a better surrounding as a picture frame with her. The doe kept eating breakfast for another couple of minutes, before she had enough and jumped back towards the forest. But first, she turned around to say “goodbye” for the day. Isn’t she beautiful?

2022 · Connecticut · In Our Garden · On Our Property

A Rainy Day In Connecticut (6)

This is a nice rain relief; we have been getting it since last night. The temperatures have been much cooler for the last couple of days. We turned off the air conditioner and opened the windows. This is a nice little break, before the Summer’s heat turns on again. The weather is supposed to be in the upper 70s to mid 80s (25℃ – 30℃) for the rest of the week.

2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Bubba, The Wood Frog

Wood Frog in our yard

This evening, I walked in my yard and something jumped on my pant leg. First, I thought, a toad must have mixed me up with a tree again. But by closer inspection I saw a Wood Frog in the grass. He sat there very quietly for me to capture a photo of him. But when I tried to catch him, he leaped right under the Hosta leaves and was out of sight. His name is Bubba, and he is a good tenant catching mosquitoes.

2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property

A Rainy Day In Connecticut (5)

Since the early morning hours, we have had rainstorms passing through Connecticut. Due to the rain, the air feels so refreshing. It is cleaner from all these pollens flying around, which are causing us to have seasonal allergies. Here in New England our allergies are not as bad as in Texas. But we still get them. Mostly our throats are itching. Today, we can walk outside without any symptoms. It is nice having a break. I used this opportunity to capture photos of the rain on our back porch. And I filled a couple of milk containers with rain water from the gutter. At some point, we need to get one of those rain water barrels. we had in Texas. Fresh rain water for the garden and greenhouse is still the best.

2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Texas

🌺World Bee Day 2022 πŸ

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20 each year. The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. Every year on this day, the global public will focus on the importance of preserving honey bees and all other pollinators. People will be reminded of the significance of bees in providing for the needs of humanity.

Resource: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/world-bee-day-may-20/

2022 · In Our Garden · On Our Property

A Rainy Day In Connecticut (4)

It began to rain in the early morning. And the rain lasted until the late morning hours. While I captured photos of droplets, a Northern Cardinal fledgling got confused and almost landed on me. Once it figured out, I wasn’t mommy or daddy it made a sharp turn and sat on the porch railing.

Today, it was a cool day. However, this weekend we are supposed to get temperatures in the mid-90s (35℃). It will feel just like Texas, before the weather cools down to the 70s on Monday.