Delightful semi-resident of the courtyard.
It’s like spring here in Northern California.
My roses are bursting, some pushing buds.
The grass is coming back after rain, nice days, sunshine and plenty of seeds just waiting to pop thru in the warming light.
Blue birds are nesting like crazy even tho it’s a little early!
They’re a fertile bunch ~ a happy thing!
The above photo is a male with two female western blue birds having a chat over the water trough.
Below is a bursting nest box that was cleaned out just in time!
“lone cow road”
The cows seem happy again with greening pastures down the road.
And this amazing rainbow chard has fed us all winter!
This cymbidium orchid didn’t bloom for its first decade.
Two HUGE flower stalks that are simply stupendous.
Nobody’s more surprised than I that it’s blooming like mad.
As can be seen behind it, my Meyer lemons are also producing baskets of lovely lemons, far more than we could ever use, even with all the gluten free lemon bars we bake!
But it seems it’s to be a lively tick season too…
Yesterday we picked three off the dogs after a short walk in the fields with both Bella and Sophie!
(Quite a sight!)
Time to dig out the drops and special-just-for-ticks tweezers for another season.
A country fact of life. Ugh…
It’s no surprise there’s a “Lyme cluster” up here.
Always I grow blue pansies thru the cooler months.
They are one of my favorites, reminding me of my grandmother every time I look at them.
Makes me weepy thinking of her now.
I spent much of my teen years living with her.
She’s been gone 36 years but sometimes, it seems she never went anywhere at all….
In order to make progress, there is only nature, and the eye is turned through contact with her. ~Paul Cezanne