Sunday, April 25, 2010

Columbine Purple

Columbine flowers. From 0 inches around December to 3-4ft high right now.

Something new about the flower, I found: The ‘columbine’ holds yet another significance- in pantomime, a ‘columbine’ refers to the sweetheart of Harlequin. The flower was once called "lion's herb", because it was believed those great felines ate it. As a consequence, people believed that by merely rubbing their hands with it, they became more courageous and daring.

Weather today is mid-60s, sunny. Calm.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Daffodil Orange

A late bloomer - or perhaps this one is actually on time and since the others were so very early? I like the orange, two tone nature of this'n. Seen after a light rain.

Another daffodil experiment are these 2 containers that I planted on New Years Day 2010.

The blooming of these bulbs started about 5 days ago. They are making quite a show. Now I will leave them in the container til next year and see what happens. I might plant something on top, so the container stays in use during the year.

Weather today - light mist am, but this afternoon, sunny and mid 60s. Beautiful!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Squirrely behavior

Finally caught in the act! I have had this squirrel feeder up for months. At first, no action, the peanuts were left undisturbed. The idea is that the squirrel lift up the lid and grab a nut and the blue jays lose out.

I would come home and find, not the lid, but the plastic window on the front lifted up, peanuts raided. I wasn't sure if the birds were the culprits or the squirrels.

Today as I was taking photos of the daffodils from afar, the squirrel thought he was alone, and demonstrated what he knows how to do! After he raised the window,
he grabbed a nut, and ran back up the tree to sit on a limb chewing his snack. Then a blue jay showed up and pecked up a nut and flew away. The lid is being propped up by that clear plastic, raised, window.