Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Things Past, Things to Come

Reminders of Last Year's Blooms -  Autumn Clematis, Carolina Jessamine, Sedum


 New Growth - Magnolia, Daffodil, Lilac, "Oklahoma" Rose, "Knockout" Rose, Carolina Jessamine

The air was balmy and the sun shining brightly when I took my "lunch break" today, so outside to my back yard with the camera I did go.  A close look revealed evidence of last year's flowers and the promise of flowers to come.

My Carolina Jessamine vine, which covers about 20 feet of the fenceline on the east side of the yard had some dried seed pods on it.  These are pictured bottom-left on the first photo. I don't recall ever before seeing these; I think they're interesting.

The obstreperous squirrels have broken several of the stalks on my King Alfred daffodils as well as a still-supple limb on the Magnolia tree.  The latter, which had several buds on it, was connected to the tree only by a minute bit of bark and a gentle tug on my part severed its connection.  The squirrels can now munch on the emerging blossoms to their hearts' content without having to climb the tree.

I enjoyed another round of "Sweetie-Duty" this morning while Gardening Daughter worked a few hours at the florist.  Sweetie is very fond of using Google to look up things in which she has an interest. I'm teaching her to use the keyboard to enter her own searches. That activity helps teach her to spell, also. Today's searches included "One-Eyed Willie" the pirate, weasels, ferrets and prairie dogs.  She was aghast to learn that ferrets love to dine upon prairie dogs.

Lunch break is over.  Tomorrow is also a day.

12 comments:

Hilary said...

So nice to see the spring buds. It will be a month or so until that happens here. I'll just have to enjoy yours in the meantime.

Moannie said...

Isn't nature totally amazing? And how beautiful your garden is going to look in just a few weeks.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, That's two great collages. I'm excited about Spring --but we don't have much color here yet. Just the Crocuses are blooming so far... BUT--other things are coming soon!!!

We have a horrible time with squirrels also... They eat the buds on my rhododendrons... Drives us crazy!!!

Have a good day tomorrow.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I really like your collages. The main reminder of last year in our yard are the stray leaves that seem to pop up every other day. We've got crocus in bloom and lots of daffodils and tulips pushing up, but nothing else blooming at the moment.

Jinksy said...

Those dried seed heads have a beauty all their own - I wonder if our heads would look as good if they were to burst?! LOL

Snap said...

my jasmine seems to have gone missing!!! probably the cousins got a little carried away when they were here in February!!!!! Spring must be coming. Cool mornings and warm days .. the humidity is coming back.. ugh..... loved your INK post, too.

Arkansas Patti said...

New growth really puts a spring in your step doesn't it? I am really jumping the season and have planted some Romaine lettuce in hanging baskets. So far, it has survived our nightly freezes quite well.
Don't you wish the had computers when we were young. What a tool for inquiring minds.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Oh how I long to see a bud........
:)

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Super pictures, smashing blog. Thanks.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have Carolina Jessamine on my gazebo. I keep looking from my kitchen window to see if there's any color showing but..not yet. I haven't gotten up close to it yet to check it's progress. But I've always called it Carolina Jasmine...I'm glad to know the correct name. blessings, marlene

Pat - Arkansas said...

Stitching The vine is also known as Carolina Jasmine. I always refer to it as C.Jessamine because that was the name on the label that was in the plant pot. Either is correct.

Marvin said...

Sometimes I wonder how anything survives our "yo-yo" spring temperatures. Our temperatures our forecast to be slightly below freeing Saturday night, but not far enough below freezing to hurt anything that's currently blooming or budding.