Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cherry Blossoms

I had an idea for the type of pictures I wanted to take for this post. I was going to document the blossoming of the weeping cherry in my yard, from buds to flowers to leaves. However, during my daily trips into the yard, I captured some other photos that I thought were better looking than the progress photos I took. The best photos are the ones featuring bees--a mining bee and a carpenter bee. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as the storm outside knocks the last of the blossoms off of the tree.

I took a photo of this little branch over several days, from simple buds to fully bloomed. I like this nice transition stage.

A neighborhood honey bee paid a visit.

I really do believe this adorable fuzzy bee is a mining bee.

I suppose I should include some of the blossoms to leaves transition, if not the full buds to leaves. The transition from full blossoms to a mix of pink and green is always lovely. I wouldn't want to deprive you of that.

And that's it for the cherry blossoms in my yard this year. Next up for the tree is a bunch of tiny cherries, birds eating the cherries, and hopefully an avoidance of Japanese beetles. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Amadeus in the Spring

Early spring flowers can be tiny and adorable, just the perfect size for Amadeus. He wanted to pick a flower for a potential date, but couldn't decide which kind was best.

A wooden robot sitting in a cluster of purple crocuses with a lawn and houses in the background.

Some of the flowers are a bit too tall, though. He wanted a single flower, not a cluster, so he couldn't simply pick these from anywhere. Perhaps next time he'll bring a step ladder to help him.

A wooden robot reaching up to the top of paperwhite flowers that he is standing behind.
Amadeus finally decided to pick a daffodil. Although they were tall, he could pick a single flower and still have a long stem. Although not tiny, the daffodils are lovely and a perfect symbol of spring.
A wooden robot sitting on a stone holding a daffodil with clusters of daffodils behind him.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Spring Flowers

Each spring brings a slow warmth and a renewal of the landscape. With the renewal comes the anticipation of learning whether the bulbs planted in the fall will grow or whether I yet again wasted untold amounts of money on flowers because I planted them too late or too early or under the wrong phase of the moon.

Fortunately, some flower bulbs are hardy and return year after year, assuming you don't accidentally pull them out during their off season. One such bulb is the daffodil. These came with the house when we bought it and more and more seem to appear each year.

I managed to catch one cluster of daffodils over the span of three days as they blossomed.

A cluster of daffodils with unblossomed buds.
Day 1

A cluster of daffodils with some flowers bloomed and some still in bud form.
Day 2

A cluster of daffodils with most flowers in bloom
Day 3

Not all of the daffodils are so cleanly spaced in the yard. Some are growing in the middle of a still dormant bush.

Daffodils with the red branches of a dormant bush in the foreground.

Other spring marvels in my yard include this mystery plant. Every summer and fall, I wonder whether it is a weed and whether it should be removed. Each spring so far I've been shocked that this random cluster of leaves produces some rather lovely flowers.

Cluster of flowers and leaves

If you wondered whether any of the bulbs I planted in the fall have decided to grace the yard with their presence, you may be pleased to learn that a few have. I believe these are crocus and mini paperwhite daffodils.

Several bunches of mini paperwhite daffodils and white, yellow, and purple crocus, all in bloom.

My plan, if I manage to successfully plant bulbs each fall, is to have a yard full of tiny flowers each spring. The difficulty lies in planting new bulbs around previously established bulbs. Perhaps one day I will create a map of the flowerbeds. Until that time, I'll just proceed with caution and hope.