Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Birds and Flowers

You can sure tell it's "baby" season here.  We have more nests and baby birds.

We have two Bluebird nests with eggs, and one with 4 babies.  We have LOTS of adult Bluebirds flying around from previous nests. They are getting more used to us and don't panic when they see us.  When we first moved here, we would see them up on a power line and if we got anywhere near, they would fly off.  I think they now realize we won't hurt them.

We have another Carolina Wren (Nancy) nest in a flower basket on the front porch.  When the eggs hatch, we will have to sneak in on the front porch so as not to disturb them, or use the back door!  They are such sweet and interesting birds, we always enjoy having them nest on the porch.

We think there is a Brown Thrasher nest  in the front Holly.  We've seen mom and dad (Ike and Tina) flying in and out a lot, so we think they're feeding babies.  We haven't found the nest though.  The bush is very thick.

Al is back in Tampa for a few days, so I am trying to do some house work and of course my daily mowing.  I usually try to take the mower for a ride every evening.  I enjoy it, but am having to watch my grip to avoid any more issues with my thumb.

Some pictures of my Hydrangea bush.  It's actually about 4 different plants and I guess they are all different because they are different colors.  They are beautiful early in the summer, but as it gets hotter, they tend to droop.




I believe this is a type of Ginger.  The pink flowers just sprout up from the ground and then later the leaves appear.  We have them all over the place and I always forget about them until they pop up!



Cut flowers from my flower gardens.  I love Zinna's and have tons of them.  There are always plenty of flowers for cutting, unfortunately the kitties LOVE to EAT my cut flowers (and of course spill the water), so I usually just leave them on the porch where I can see them!  It's safer that way :)





4 comments:

Cindy said... [Reply to comment]

Oh Karen..they are just beautiful.I love hydranges..we can't grow them here..soil in this region is pathetic for those plants.Zinnias I always plant.If I had known we were going to still be here I would of put seeds in the ground..oh well. I didn't know the Kitties would bother the plants..wow.

Cindy and Walker

Happytrails said... [Reply to comment]

Oh Karen...your flowers are just beautiful!! The pics are great!

Sounds like you all have a birders paradise right there in your own yard. I haven't seen our little Wrens lately. I hope they haven't abandoned ship. Love Bluebirds!!

Take care and keep taking those pics of your wonderful flowers!!

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)
http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com

www.travelwithkevinandruth.com said... [Reply to comment]

Love the hydranges, the colours are wonderful. I like the confetti kind. Before we had sold our house almost 3 years ago I had planted some white ones and they were just starting to fill out when we sold. Oh well, I would rather be on the road, I can always admire every body else's garden this way!

Kevin and Ruth
www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

Connie,Barry said... [Reply to comment]

Love your flower pictures - simply gorgeous!

Connie in DE now!