Category Archives: Observations

Pasque Flower Art

My blue pasque flower bloomed back in early April and the flowers looked like this: But the seed heads that have formed since then are almost more fun and interesting than the flowers!   Save Save Save Save

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The Magic Chicken Thief

Our neighbors have a chicken coop that sits on the lot line near the back corner of our property and theirs. While I don’t particularly appreciate the smelly coop on humid, summer days, the chickens are, for the most part, … Continue reading

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Stuffed with Turkey(s)

The Wild Turkey family has been visiting our yard every day for almost 2 weeks now, and in that time the five poults have almost doubled in size. Only mom shows up with the babies now. They meander all over … Continue reading

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Fairies!

I was picking up sticks the other day so my husband wouldn’t run them over with the lawnmower when I came upon this cool fairy ring in the lawn. I’ve heard about fairy rings, but I’d never seen one before. … Continue reading

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A Chilling Sight

I gasped when I saw it, and then I looked around for bones or guts. There were tufts of what looked like gray or black fur sticking up all over parts of the lawn. I could only imagine a coyote … Continue reading

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Fun with Fungi

Until now, I never realized how challenging it is to identify wild mushrooms. The growing conditions must have been perfect for them this fall because they were popping up everywhere. I starting snapping photos of some of the more interesting … Continue reading

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Hint Hint?

Should I be alarmed that all my mums started blooming early this year—some as early as mid-July? This is ‘Grape Glow’: This is ‘Lemonsota’: And here’s ‘Ravalii’: And should I be worried that my ‘Color Flash’ Astilbe has been in … Continue reading

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Variations on a Theme

I’ve had some really nice pink/purple combinations in my flowerbeds this year. This is Geranium ‘Rozanne’ with dwarf Asiatic lily ‘Tiny Toons’: In one of my annual beds I planted ‘Dreamland Rose’ zinnias with ‘Milady Lilac’ asters: In my pots … Continue reading

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In or Out

The other day I returned from the grocery store and propped open a door to make it easier to unload the bags. As I was making my second trip, a housefly buzzed by my head and into the kitchen. I … Continue reading

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Morning Guests

Even with traffic whizzing by the front of our house during the morning rush, the animals are undeterred. The other day I opened my shades and discovered this handsome duo waddling around in the grass: Mallards pair up in fall, … Continue reading

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