Friday, May 4, 2012
Birds and Blooms
Auriculas. They never do well for me outside in the ground, so remain potted up year round, struggling through the winter months. But now is their time to shine and this lovely lady, for surely it is a lady in such beautiful attire, brings a smile to my face. There are four small pots all just beginning to bloom, but I remember the first time I ever saw these flowers....the display staged at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in England. Right then and there, I was smitten. Never mind that they don't do well for me, and it is rare to see them in the shops here locally (mine came from another gardener), but for their dainty flounce and flash, I love them.
"Theatre" for the flowers, arranged in frames, usually with a black background and at eye level which I think would be wonderful to enjoy outside near an entry. There are lots of images online showing Auricula Theatres different folks have built, from grand to modest so perhaps someday I might give it a go...if I could accumulate a few more plants to make an impact.
Speaking of making an impact, the garden has been alive not only with squirrels but masses of birds..American Gold Finches most especially making an impact with their bright yellow plumage. But I was taken quite by surprise on April 26th, when I saw a spot of blue on the ground under the feeder...blue blue, so blue I couldn't imagine it was a bird. Not for the first time, have I blessed my point and shoot Canon PowerShot camera with it's terrific zoom lens. I have identified more birds from taking photos of them, than my eyes pressed against binoculars, could ever have. For example, there is no way I would have noticed yesterday, the bit of yellow on the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker's chest if I hadn't taken a photo, and so was able to identify it. But I digress... the blue bird, a rare sighting of a male Indigo Bunting perched on the old plum tree.
And...an even rarer sight, unless someone out there can identify this bird below, (photo a tiny bit blurred) we believe it to be a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, which has somehow been born with a very long beak. What do you think?
The pickets are mostly stained now, the greens and vibrant tulips pop against the fresh white. It's a busy time of year, that's for sure, but at least now, I can safely say, we have flown into spring and more wonderful days are ahead.