Mid-May Flowers, Birds, and a Salad

Welcome to my new blog!  I previously posted at pardonmygarden.wordpress.com.  Visit there if you want to know what happened in my garden between January 2010 and May 2014.

Here are a few things I took pictures of this week.

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Bulbs blooming in the garden.  I am not positive of the name, since I lost the package they came in.  They are so small I would miss them if I did not come close.

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Heuchera – plum pudding surrounded by fresh green leaves.  On the left are echinacea – cone flower leaves.  The grasses are korean feather reed grass – calamagrostis brachytricha.

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The lilacs have stayed looking good a long time this year.  In the background are common lilacs and they are the ones with the wonderful fragrance.  The darker lilacs are a french lilac called Charles Joly.

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There are so many beautiful leaves in the garden.  Here aruncus – goatsbeard – unfurls its leaves and flower stem.  The flowers will be white soon.

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Yesterday at sunrise I went to Lake Katherine.  I think this is a Great Egret, though I am not an expert.  The morning was cold and this bird seemed to be hunkered down, though looking for a meal, too.

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It looks like the great blue heron is building its nest here on this island in the lake.  Maybe this wooden support was put here for this purpose.

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Here is a shot with the egret and heron in the same picture.  I know that there is a white version of the great blue heron, but the great egret had black legs, so I concluded that it was the great egret.  Fun to see these birds in Florida and now here.

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The geese and goslings are less exotic, but fun to watch.

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I picked a variety of baby kale and lettuce from the garden and topped it with a pear, banana, strawberries and cashews.  I loved it!  The fruit was from the store, but I will have strawberries soon.

15 thoughts on “Mid-May Flowers, Birds, and a Salad

  1. Love your photo’s and your gardening stories! Glad I found you!
    Thanks for the like on my blog, hope you’ll enjoy the rest of my blog 😉

  2. Beautiful work Kristine…I would love to sample the strawberries and the kale and all the other freshest fresh veggies you grow in your backyard…you have such a beautiful backyard out there, that I am literally jealous now!

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