Sunday, May 3, 2015

weekend snapshots

It has been a hot, sunny weekend.
I mean, hot.
And sunny.
I had to take off my flannel shirt. And put on a visor.
And now, at 5 in the evening, 
I've had to come inside for a while to cool off.
Good time to post a few snapshots!

Yesterday, after doing the recycling,
Piper and I went for a stroll by the pond.
This is Piper, strolling:

The maples were flowering.
And the sky really was that blue.

See? Even in reflection. Very blue.

But when you look beneath the reflection,
you also see green and yellow.
(A few weeks ago, this was ice. Remember?)

There was a lot of green at the water's edge, too.
These reeds are vibrant.

Back at home, there is also a bit of green.
Softer green.

I almost cried when I saw these fragile bloodroot flowers.

Bloodroot is always a miracle to me.
And this year, even more so.
Because these very few and tiny plants 
mean the goatbarn builder
did not kill all my bloodroot with his skidder.

I love bloodroot.


Now, does anyone know what this little plant is called?
This amazing plant that is already poised to flower?

It's one of the many, many perennials
given to me by a generous friend last autumn.
She told me what most of them were, and when I got home,
I tried to remember.
And as I planted them, I carefully placed a label next to each.
I laughed yesterday when I saw this plant's label:


True enough, as far as it goes!

Does anyone know what it is?
The flower may be purple, if that helps.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
Are you gardening yet?
It seems like I am so far behind everyone else,
but here the ground is only now warming up.
As I was typing,
the first hummingbird just swooped by!!!
Must go prepare the feeder.


  1. Your mystery plant is Pulmonaria. It blooms fairly early in spring with little pink flowers which turn blue as they "age". It is also known as Bethlehem Sage and/or Lungwort. Spotted hairy leaves. Likes shaded areas.

    1. Wow, that was quick! Thank you so much :)

  2. Yes to that . she beat me to it . beautiful plant with a ghastly name!

    1. Well, yes...I don't think I'll be naming one of Tsuga's kids after this one...

  3. Beautiful photos. The quick response saves a lot of us time looking it up. Thank you! lol

  4. Thanks for the Piper pic! Bloodroot and Lungwort for twins - almost sound like Viking names for the girls! ;-) Happy week, Quinn - XOXO

  5. Such lovely spring photos! And lungwort was just recommended to me as a bee plant. Nice to see what it looks like! Also delighted to learn it likes shade.

    1. Ironically, I planted it in one of the very few sunny spots here! I will move it after it blooms, I think. Or should I move it right away?

  6. Such a fabulous blue sky! Lovely photos. Piper looks happy.

  7. Afraid I'm living your lovely walking through osmosis. Much as I would love to get outside and enjoy all the newness, spring sees me cooped up inside like a hothouse plant lest my allergies fell me totally. Sigh.

  8. That's interesting, as I moved a small clump of Lungwort today, it self seeded in a pot of contorted hazel and is now in my shady bed.. In my experience it's pretty forgiving. I had some in my south facing garden until recently and it was OK. I should wait til Autumn to move it, it'll be allright til then.
    Lovely to see Miss Piper enjoying the woods - my girl would have been in that water up to her neck!

  9. What a big change!!! Piper looks thrilled with the summerlike weather, and I bet you are too. But I can't imagine going inside to "cool off"!!!!


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