Thursday, May 26, 2016

almost wordless thursday

After a long, cold Spring, we are suddenly having August.
The past few days have been extremely hot and muggy.


Today was, of necessity, a long day of outdoor projects. My hired helper came for four hours this afternoon, and I started two hours before he arrived. I'm happy - and a little surprised - that I stayed awake long enough to do the evening chores at the regular time.

Trout Lily

Before I call it a night, I just want to share a few recent snaps.
Very green, most of them.


And one, orange :)

A tiny Eft

It's exciting to see perennials I planted last year, returning.


And it's always a special joy to see beloved native plants again.


Violets and Columbine

Some of the most interesting plants appear in the Spring.

Jack in the Pulpit

And now, goodnight, dear readers.
I hope the weather is pleasant where you are!


  1. So lovely to see your native plants, some new to me, and that little orange creature, is it a newt or a lizard ?

    1. It's an eft; the juvenile phase of the eastern newt. That little one turned up in a dark, rubbery, shriveled state when I was weeding. I was afraid it was dead, but with nothing to lose, I held in in my palm and gently rinsed it a few times with a little water from a nearby goat bucket. I actually felt it rehydrate and grow! and saw it turn bright orange before my very eyes! A minute later, it was ready to head off on it's adventures. It was a grand start to my day :)

  2. Boy, your native plants are killer! Beats the hell.out of tumbleweed, that's for sure. I have tiny Grey geckos that come out at night - this guy would be the star attraction!

  3. Beautiful Jack in the Pulpit

    Its hot here. The little bit of breeze helps a little bit.

  4. That Eft is adorable! I'd want to keep him (but I know he'd be better off in the wild).
    We have Jack in the Pulpit here too but they're plain white - not the beautiful striped colors you saw.

    1. How interesting! I love this informative aspect of blogging. Last week, another blogger and I discovered that mayflower leaves have a different surface in MA and NC!


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