Speaking of Plants, Around Here They Have Grew Some

The veggie garden is doing great.  We’ve been enjoying its bounty since April.

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Outside my office window, lovely blossoms are keeping the pollinators busy.

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In the flower garden, Stella has opened up in a most lovely way.

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Critters

Last evening, I sat on the end deck enjoying the quiet spell that surrounds the end of the day.  I’m not sure if I first saw the doe running or heard the ripping sound of her flight through the wheat field.  Soon a younger one appeared in the hay field that was our lower lawn and she followed.  They ran toward shelter.  Moments later, they sauntered back.  Were they thinking, “Now wasn’t that silly?”  In a couple of minutes, they disappeared behind a stand of pine trees.

I hope you are enjoying the start to this summer.  I am.

Three Critter Sightings

This spring, one fat fellow could frequently be observed grazing on the grass of our lawn.

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Because this one is so shy, I have to shoot through the windows.  The results are definitely degraded because of that.  Sorry.

There’s another family of “charlies” living down by the road.  I’ve seen the babies playing beside the ditch.

Fox

Sunday morning about a half mile from home, we saw a fox in the middle of the road.  Eventually, she trotted over to the ditch and disappeared into a culvert.  I’m told that foxes are plentiful in this area, but we rarely see one.  One more jewel in the crown of that particular day.

Twin Fawns

The other evening as we were enjoying our evening meal, I saw a young doe on our lower lawn.  This was by the row of ash trees.  I did a double take as I realized she was not alone.  On either side of her stood a small fawn.  I wanted to capture this scene for you, so I got up and walked briskly toward the office to retrieve the camera.  I hadn’t gotten through the kitchen when I heard Sylvia say, “Don’t bother.  They’ve gone.”

And now, so am I.

In the Flower Garden

Our favorite rose is now in bloom.  Sylvia and I particularly love that deep rich color.

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A short distance from the rose, the first lily of the season opened to display its beauty to all who pass.

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As I’ve recovered from my recent foot surgery, I’ve been last active and mobile.  This has, unfortunately, limited photographic productivity.  More on that and critter stories tomorrow.

Sylvia and the Fledgling

While sitting at the breakfast table, I finished this morning’s Bible reading.  Sylvia had turned on the sprinkler, but when the timer sounded I went out and shut it off.  Returning to the table, I looked out at the garden and saw a chipmunk playing there.  Nearer motion caught my eye as I watched a robin chase a chipmunk up a scarlet maple.  I chuckled.

Turning my head, I saw a robin and a fledgling.  Soon the robin flew, but the fledgling remained with the bewildered look that must be common to youngsters facing a new and very large world.  He looked so precious, I went for the camera to capture a picture.

When I returned with the camera, the fledgling had moved some distance away.  Evidently frightened by Sylvia as she moved the sprinkler to water the rest of the garden.

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I turned my attention to the fledgling, framed my shot and . . .  Sylvia walked by.

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The little guy took this all in.  My camera didn’t know where to focus.  I just smiled.

Life is good.

New to the Flower Garden

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With a gift card from Mother’s Day, Sylvia bought a deep red bearded iris.  Unfortunately, I was not able to capture an image of it for a few days after she brought it home.  I’m posting this to keep a promise to those whose gift of love made it possible for Sylvia to bring home this amazing example of beauty.  Most of the iris around here look like this.

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I’m still recovering from the latest foot surgery.  That makes it difficult to spend much time in this office chair, and it is even more difficult to walk any distance.  Sylvia and I are in good condition and even better spirits.  Life is good.

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I Never Did like It That Much.

I’ve written about my foot problems before.  The problems began when heavy-duty pain sent me to a podiatrist.  After consultation and consideration, he did a bunionectomy on my right foot.

Two years later, I still had heavy-duty pain.  Again we consulted.  I considered that a fused joint will not result in pain.  He did a joint fusion.

The pain did not get better.  More consultation.  This time my podiatrist removed the hardware that held my foot in place after the joint fusion.

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While it is still early to make a definitive statement, early indications point to a happy outcome on this long path.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve tried to keep my foot elevated and that is something I can’t do here in the office.

More Spring Beauty

Mild temperatures and plenty of rain has made this season a spring to remember.

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Lots of daffodils and tulips add plenty of color to the flower gardens.

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I particularly like the tulips.

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This red, yellow and black may be my favorite.  Looks almost like an insect there in the middle, doesn’t it?

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Lots more yellow out on the lawn where dandelions blossom.  Cherry and apple trees are also blooming.

I have tilled the vegetable garden and Sylvia has planted peas, parsnips and radishes.  We have the first picking of asparagus.  It is very tasty and went well with our evening meal.

Love Those Spring Flowers

I love spring flowers.  Don’t you?  I recently saw these growing on the lawn.

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Not too far away (just a few steps) I also saw these.

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While I was looking for signs of life a pair turkey vultures were searching for something else.

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Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera with me yesterday as I carried the trash down to the side of the road.  I actually saw a pileated woodpecker for the first time in my life.

More Sightings

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During a cleanup session, Sylvia and I noticed that the crocus was more open.  I grabbed this shot and then went back to trimming branches and picking up sticks.  Heavy spring winds have brought down a lot of smaller branches.

About a week ago, in the evening dusk, I saw eight deer in the small field beyond the lawn.  (The neighbor uses this area for a hay field.  I don’t have to mow, and he gets feed for his cattle.)  Those deer were enjoying spring.  The young ones would run as fast as the wind and turn quickly and do it some more.  Soon they disappeared into the thicket and disappeared from sight.

Last Thursday, Sylvia was at the wheel as we exited the expressway at 36th St in Kentwood.  As we approached Kraft, I looked and on the slope beside this busy street (five lanes) I saw a number of large lumps.  It took a moment for me to realize it was a group of wild turkeys.  They had their heads tucked under their wings to protect them from the wind-driven near-freezing rain.

Spring Flowers — A Beautiful sight

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The snow drops are looking great.  Appropriate for today.  Starting last night, we had snow.  Fortunately it wasn’t the three to five inches indicated in the forecast.  With above freezing temperatures, the snow is not lasting long.

Earlier, I managed to capture these images.

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Daffodils have begun to blossom.  These are miniatures–very nice.

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I can’t remember the name of these beauties that grow on the lawn near the barn.  Can you help me with that?  Later, the center will develop more yellow.  They bring joy to those who view them.