Sunday, April 19, 2015

a few firsts

The bluebonnets are fading as are the evening primrose and baby blue eyes and the poppies. The mock dogwood is done as is the wisteria and small red lilies. The larkspur are coming into full bloom though and the clasping coneflowers are starting to open up with the queen anne's lace. It's not summer yet but we are trending that way.

This past week was a week of firsts for the year...

I ate my first peach of the year. It was from Florida. I don't think I've ever eaten a peach from Florida, at least not knowingly.

The first love-in-a-mist opened. Remember last year when I hoped to get them established? Well, they reseeded (though I did throw out some new seeds last November) and the plants this year are so big and full! They are all getting ready to pop.

I picked the first ripe dewberries. These are from a large clump of brambly vines over on the shop property. The ones here in the garden don't get as much sun so they take longer to ripen.

I got my first chigger bites. They will be a constant companion til fall or at least until it's too hot to go outside.

Oh, and the first daylily scapes have emerged. Four varieties so far. They will bloom for months. We had a few last year that bloomed nearly into fall.

Here's another first only it happened a couple of weeks ago. I saw a hooded warbler in the shrub outside my window. He stayed there long enough for me to get some pictures and then he flew off. Haven't seen it again unlike the painted bunting that hung around for a couple of months.


  1. the dewberries look great! congratulations on the hooded warbler! very cool sighting!

  2. The firsts are wonderful. I'm waiting for Ashtabula peaches in August. A county along the lake, they grow lots of fruit.
    We had the first red wing blackbird ever stop at the feeders, and a female.

  3. How was the Florida peach? I wonder where it was grown here?
    Your pictures are splendid!

  4. I have been looking for our warblers and buntings and know that they are just about a week a way...probably flying up from your yard! Do Florida peaches taste as good as other peaches?

  5. The hooded warbler is a prize. it is nice to hear what I can look forward to.LOL Lots of wind and 40 today here.

  6. Wow! I can't believe you have ripe berries already. Our blackberries haven't even bloomed!

    That's a beautiful bird. (As are painted buntings.)

  7. I'm not familiar with dewberries and would have thought those were blackberries.

  8. Your back yard is heaven right now! except for chiggers, annoying but gives you something to do in the evening while dozing off...Early for peaches and berries!

  9. Our daylilies are putting out leaves - I'm excited, but it'll be a while before we get any blooms.


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