It was too chilly to garden this morning, but while waiting for our grandson to come over, I looked out and saw a couple robins I decided I'd like a photo of for Camera Critters, hosted by Misty Dawn. (The CC link goes to the list of participants, the other to Misty Dawn's post for today.) After I got a few critter pics, I came back for a warmer jacket and Heidi to enjoy the beautiful morning. I know the best quality photos are not taken in the sun, but I was too high on spring to care.
I will start with the critters.
The robins stopped fluffing things up looking for food when they saw me with the camera.
I heard a bird singing loudly, and it turned out to be a male cardinal.
I saw this broken egg on our deck, but did not see a nest near by. Do you know what kind of bird's egg it was? You can see the yoke in it. How sad.
Our grandson woke up at this point, so I am back in the evening to finish the post. I got some plants put in and took a few photos just before dusk, so I'll include a few of those, too.
I started this morning, in front of the house. There are coral bells, hellebores and other plants in there. In the ground are my mother-in-law's peonies and lily of the valley, lamium, lambs ears, painter's pallet, etc. This is on the south side of the house, with shade from the big tree in the yard.
My father-in-law built this raised bed around the tree. I think I've mentioned this maple tree was transplanted as a young tree from a neighbor's yard, by FIL and my husband when he was a boy. I have learned you aren't supposed to do that, but now that it's done, we need to get around to replacing the boards.
Here's another view of the newly planted bed after having had the street resurfaced last summer.
This is the area next to it that I'm in the process of reworking now that it's connected to the new bed.
Across the sidewalk, to the east:
Even more to the east, and Heidi is in the mood to run!
Here are photos of the area this evening after planting more perennial geraniums by the curb and 4 butterfly milkweed plants, 2 yellow, and 2 orange.
Back to this morning, this bed is on its 4th season. I originally planning on mostly having annuals in here, but I seem to be planting more and more perennials. I did plant some stocks and snapdragons this evening, but didn't include photos of those.
This is the east side of the house, facing north.
Walking to the north, still facing south:
We've made past the house, back yard, and shed. The driveway is just to the north of this area. I continued to face south so my shadow wouldn't be in the photos.
This photo shows the iris/daylily with a few other things thrown in flower bed by the curb, in front of another bed, which is in front of the vegetable garden. It also shows the driveway and the area we just came from on the other side of the garbage cans.
I walked to the end of the driveway, and took this photo of where I garden across the street, just as Grandson was arriving.
He's such a sweetie, and woke up with a smile when he realized where he was.
I forgot to take photos in the back yard. Heidi has been up to some digging, and I thought the stakes, pots, and such that I put around were stopping her, but this evening, I saw she had knocked some things aside and dug up an area that I was about to replant coneflowers in to replace the ones she dug out last year. She can't dig in the main part of the graveled yard because there is landscape fabric under the gravel. So, she gets into the areas I've planted in. The roots of the plant next to where she dug are exposed. I'll have to work on the area tomorrow.
I hope to see photos from your yard/property walks, too.