Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Birds, Blooms and Bunnies

It has been on the cool side and raining a lot lately so I'm hoping for some warm weather soon.  I did manage to get a few photos from the garden to share though, a couple with the 60 mm macro lens I just purchased for my Canon camera.
 I find this native woodland plant quite dainty with its dangling flowers.  Uvularia grandiflora is commonly called Bellwort.
Another native that I find fascinating is Actaea pachypoda known as White baneberry or Doll's eyes.
It starts with the tight flower buds like this in early spring...
to become fluffy looking flowers.  The berry is white with a black dot, making it look like a doll's eye.  I'll show these later when they develop.
 The ornamental crabapple is starting to burst with colour...
and Viburnum 'Judii' in front of a purple sand cherry is extremely fragrant, the whole back yard smells wonderful.  The sand cherry was an end of season sale shrub a number of years ago, cheap and pathetic looking.  With nothing to lose, I have been shaping it into an arching tree form to cover a path along one side of the yard. So far, so good.  The two sand cherries we had out front finally petered out last year and had to be removed.
Bird families are visiting the gardens and feeders.
 Recently I posted about Euphorbia 'Bonfire that I bought last year and was eagerly anticipating the vivid red leaves.
Hmm, here today, gone tomorrow.  The best darn salad this baby every had!
The lace-like stitching on perennial bachelor buttons is unusual and when I put the photo on my camera, I noticed some small ants.  I would imagine there is a sap like-like substance they were attracted to, much like how they will eat the waxy coating from peony buds.
I'm linking with:
Cottage Garden Party
Home and Garden Thursday
Fertilizer Friday
Nature Walk Garden Party


  1. Judith, I enjoyed looking at your photos of the blooms in your garden. Things are moving along there and now we're getting the heavy rain to slow things down here. I must get out and about and take some pics. My garden beds aren't that great yet. Sigh!

  2. I would think the rains would help nourish -- but maybe its because here in the south we are always looking for rain since we don't seem to have enough. Your pictures are lovely! Fun to watch the buds come and then burst forth in glory!

  3. Hi Judith, Love the sand cherry, the crabapple, and the bellwort. I also enjoyed seeing the perennial bachelor buttons - what a great shot you got! I am so sorry about your euphorbia. How disappointing! I think you need a cat in the garden to scare the bunnies away! lol
    Blessings, Beth

  4. Naughty bunny! His cousin lives at Pondside.
    It looks like you're having fun with your new lens - well done!

  5. Hi Judith,
    Oh my the bunny is sweet, but I am gald we don't have bunnies :-) The puppies are rough enough on stuff!!! Your crabapple is amazing, mine is just starting and coulda used a good prune, the show won't be too good. You have baby doves!!! Oh my I am so jealous of that! I love the doves in the garden sooo much...
    I had to ask Mike what the lounging dogs were looking at (he took the pic), me! :-)

  6. Hi Judith: You have such pretty and unusual plants. I hate to say it, and I can, because we don't have those pesky little critters in our garden,living close to town I guess, but the bunny is so darn cute! Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day..Judy. The doves are beautiful too and they can only be good for your garden.

  7. Oh what pretty blooms but I'm afraid I'd have to make other arrangements with the rabbit. Love the Euphorbia, what a shame.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  8. What an adorable and a pest of a bunny! I use to have them around and they'll eat up every bloom in a heartbeat! Your garden is just beautiful~

  9. Hi Judith!
    I used to have bunnies in my garden but my neighbor got a cat. They are so sweet and cute but destructive . (the bunnies). You have so many pretty and interesting plants and flowers. I enjoyed my visit. Have a nice day.

  10. Oh my Judith how your garden does grow!!Your plant selection is a stunner to say the least! Im struggeling with the bunnies myself as they seem to think my garden is an all you can eat buffet:)Please stop over and see whats blooming in my neck of the woods! Deidre~

  11. Judith ~ wow you are so lucky to have wild doves visit your garden! Bunny....not so much (even though it is a cute little stinker)! Thank you for introducing the Bellwort to me - so very pretty! xoox, tracie

  12. I know bunnies can be pesky but they certainly are cute! We have a dove family in our yard too and I love to hear them cooing in the early morning and evening. Your garden is showing a wonderful spring season. You have such interesting plants. I love your photo of the ants on the bachelor buttons. Your photos are great and such fun to see. Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Lucky you with a new lens. The photos turned out wonderful, especially the bachelor button pod with the ants on it. It's always exciting to find other things in the photo when we are focused on something else.

  14. Sand Cherry!! THAT is what it is called! I'm so glad you mentioned it b/c I have seen this beautiful bush all over the neighborhood and I thin it is just beautiful, but of course, I didn't know the name of it. I'm so excited to have found your blog through my link up! YAY! I will be back often. I love it here. Nice to meet you, my new friend. =)

  15. Oooh, your garden is so pretty, and I love all of God's precious little creatures that think so too... hello bunny!... was your salad tasty?... xoxo Julie Marie

  16. I totally missed the ants Judith until you mentioned them. I was mesmerized by the fabulous detail in the photo that you got with your new macro lens! Just love it!

  17. How delightful your garden is. We have a bunny hanging around at the moment as well. Much entertainment from the window, for the cat!


  18. What beautiful plants you have! I too, have trouble with the bunnies. When my kittie was living they didn't like it here, but now every morning I see one or two scampering around! I've mixed feelings, I love seeing the wild life but feel so bad when they chew on my plants! Oh well, that means plant enough for them and me!

  19. Oh those bunnies! I leave some plants for them, and protect a few for me.

    You have shared so many pretty plants today, Judith. I am not familiar with most of these, so it is a treat to see them.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend, my friend!

  20. Such wonderful photos, I love all the little close ups with the ants and the bunny eating your plant ...cute...bunnies are so sweet . Dove's seem to be a big thing lately Mom has a bunch .. The ornamental Crabapple tree is beautiful...very pretty color,thank you for sharing such wonderful things..Happy Mother's Day with love Janice

  21. Hello Judith, so very nice to meet you. I am your newest follower. Your blog is quite lovely. I intend to see more of it later today. Your photos are so pretty.The bunny is darling. I know the pain of having critters eat my lettuce right our of the garden. I'm wishing you a happy Mother's day. I hope you come for a visit. Linda

  22. I like the photos here. You are amazing with your wonderful posts!

  23. Hi Judith! I'm delighted that you got your macro lens and are putting it to such great use in capturing these amazing photos. You can see so much more with it than with the naked eye. I think you'll find it an addictive photography tool!

    Have a wonderful week!

    – g

  24. Hi Judith, your plants are just lovely, spring is so wonderful. Yes, it does look like the ball of fluff is eating well. Thanks for sharing I have come over from Elisa, drop by for a visit. Kathy


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