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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday

Some nice days this past week allowed for several hours of gardening. Mostly I'm still cleaning up dead stuff from last year and pulling fresh, new weeds. There is a light frost on the grass this morning, but the nights are supposed to be warmer this coming week, so my plan is to plant things this week. We're almost to the last-frost date for Nebraska. I hope Mother Nature knows that! :o)
The cherry tree I showed you last week has deposited a carpet of blossoms all over the back yard. We had some big wind this week and it was a bit like a snowstorm out there - something kind of magical about standing under the falling petals, though.

So this week the dwarf iris finally bloomed. I have spots of bright purple scattered around different beds in the yard. My friend Cindy gave me these when I first decided to have flowers. I have since been able to share them with many people. Each year I dig up and divide a clump or two and pass them on.
In the front of this photo you can see a sprig of mint. That stuff is the bane of my existance. I was told to plant it within the confines of a buried bucket. I did not listen. I pull it out and pull it out, and still it spreads. Argh! The bleeding hearts also bloomed this week. This particular plant does really well in the south corner where the front deck meets the house, and it is huge.

Besides blooming flowers, there have been birds and squirrels and bunnies. My next-door neighbor has a bunny nest in one of her whiskey barrels on the patio. Five furry babies snuggled in a tiny hole. They are precious.
Birds I've seen this week include house finches, goldfinches, cardinals, bluejays, sparrows, robins, a hummingbird, a woodpecker, and a house wren, along with those annoying blackbirds that bully everyone else away.
Time to get outside and enjoy this lovely Spring morning and see if there are any more new blooms!


Susan in SC said...

Simply beautiful Tammy!! Susan in SC

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Rhonda in OK said...

Hi Tammy
your flowers are just beautiful!

I enjoy your blog so much, I gave you an award. Details are on my blog