I have been working a "Dab of This and That" at a time to get the courtyard cleaned up, and ready for a trip to a big box and/or nursery to add some pretty blooming annuals.
Regardless of "that yellow film" that covers everything outside this time of the year, I took the camera out and snapped a few pics of the azalea blooms that are about to explode.
The buds are as pretty as the blooms, especially after such a bitter cold Winter, and too many episodes of ice and snow.
I only have the 2 dwarf azaleas in my courtyard, and one nearly always lags a bit behind the other when it blooms. Noticed today the buds had some catching up to do. However, that is ok, as there will be blooms for a longer period.
Of course the "puny" little hosta did its usual appearance. Pops up, grows a few inches then stops. That is it all it has done the last few years.
Have already told daughter to dig it , and a "puny camellia" up and take them with her the next time she is here. I suspect her flower beds were well fertilized with the "standard farm yard mix" for many years before they moved there. Maybe she will have better luck with the hosta and camellia than I have had.
Well, the photo session was short, as that "yellow stuff" sent me into a sneezing, coughing, eye watering, itching fit.
Don't know about anyone else, but I love seeing the buds and knowing the explosion of blooms is just around the corner.
You can see all kinds of things traveling down the road. Wonder where these big boys were headed?
A stop for lunch....
and then the arena starts to fill up.
And the party continued in the night.......
What? No takers to ride the carousel the next morning!?!
Click on mosaic to enlarge.
Did I take this overnight trip and enjoy the sounds of Fleetwood Mac? No, however, my daughter and SIL did go and said they had a great time.
Being in that crowd at the arena would have sent me over the edge ! Can you say "Claustrophobic"!
Linking up with "Mosaic Monday"
Have really been lax in taking pictures of the beautiful Spring blooms this year, so a few days ago I went on a mission - with camera in hand. Went to the ole standby areas, and was a bit disappointed. Don't know if I was too late or too early.
One mission was to see if there were any signs of the wisteria in bloom on the silos. It was still just a mass of brown vines - so a bit too early. The picture in my current header is one I took 5 or 6 years ago. Have taken pics since, however, the color of the blooms was not as vivid.
Did find some daffodils in their glory,
and this lady still had her Spring attire on.
Ms. long neck goose was there, but Mr. was not which is unusual. Usually if you see one, the other is not far away. They are bad about strolling across the road in the middle of traffic, so hoping he did not meet his demise.
One sure sign of Spring, is a simple bouquet of daffodils sitting in a sunny window. Yes - That is the kitty that routinely shows up at daughter's house for a free meal, drink of water, and a warm place for a nap.
One problem, he is liking his "new digs" to much, and senses when they are getting ready to go somewhere, he has to go outside, so has tried to hide under a bed to keep from being put out. They do learn fast, don't they !
If the blinds and curtains are open during the day, he shows up at the window with a "poor me - let me in look". At night when all is closed up, he sits at the front door and meows until someone answers his beckoning call.
Not to mention, he now has a name - one of the Grands named him 'Bill". Oh - and he has found that "the redhead cupid" tends to leave toys on the floor, and he thinks they are there just for him to play with while laying in a sunny spot.
I get the feeling he thinks he is "in like flint".
So - what does this fur ball think about this "new kid" invading his territory?
On to other Dabs of This and That: As we all know there are many other signs of Spring other than flowers, fresh cut grass, such as a......
Tubs full of baby chicks and ducks !
Small problem with going into a store with tubs full of baby chicks and ducks for sale! Daughter said the "red headed cupid' wanted to take them all home with her.
I started cleaning up the courtyard, getting it ready for Spring blooms, and in doing so I must has stirred up a "buffet" for the birds. After I came inside, many showed up to feast on earthworms and bugs. Of course every time I started for the door with camera, they took off. This one shot of a robin (not that good) was taken thru a (dirty) glass door. Yes - I know! Cleaning glass doors is on my "list".....
Wished I could have gotten a front view, as the colors of his orange chest, black head and yellow beak were very pretty.
Looks like I need to either work on the malibu lights, or pull them out. Between Winter damage and the squirrels, I am not sure if they are still working. Note: Add to "list".