Spring just keeps progressing day after day. Plants are blooming and birds are migrating in.
Duke Blueberry. Just when I had sort of given up on getting many blueberries in the garden we had a lot of blossoms this year.
The little Top Hat Blueberry was full of blossoms, too. We will see if the blueberries turn out well. These blueberry pictures are from about two weeks ago.
Today all the strawberries are blooming. I went around to try to put some straw under each plant to keep the berries out of the dirt. I can also see that we are going to have a bumper crop of serviceberries before long, so I am looking forward to berry season.
Common Lilac. This photo was taken about two weeks ago, but the lilacs have been pretty for a long time, since it has been cool the past two weeks.
I never got good pictures of the crabapple blossoms this year. It seemed to rain right after they opened, or I must have been busy….
Last weekend I took a few bird shots when we walked around Lake Katherine.
Female mallard on log in pond
Great blue heron
The end of April seemed pretty early to see goslings, but we had some warm weather early in the spring.
Back in our yard the Chinquapin oak tree is full of catkins. Can you see the palm warbler in the tree?
I tried to zoom in a little on the palm warbler.
Here the palm warbler is looking for a bug snack among the strawberry and anemone plants.
The dwarf fothergilla bush is in bloom now.
And there is the palm warbler again next to the fothergilla bush.
There are a lot of little brown birds like this in the yard. It could be just a house sparrow or it could be some wonderful migrating bird. I have not had much time to get out and observe, but even going outside for 5 or 10 minutes can be rewarding. I had heard the goldfinch song in the yard and today I saw the yellow bird for the first time this year.
I was sitting listening to an unfamiliar bird song this morning way up in a tall tree and then I saw the orange color. A Baltimore Oriole was busy singing and getting some kind of food from the top of this tree.
It was so much fun to watch this Baltimore Oriole from my patio.
The kale and romaine lettuce have been in the ground for 2 weeks. There is a frost warming for tonight, but it looks like 37 degrees, which I think is fine in my yard. I put up the bean pole structure and am waiting for the soil to warm up to plant pole beans. You can see the mound of rhubarb in the back. I made rhubarb sauce for the first time this season today. I think my tomato and pepper plants should be coming from Seed Savers in the mail some time this week….
Huechera ‘plum pudding’
I threw some dwarf sunflower seeds in the meadow a week or two ago and was very excited to see they sprouted. Can’t wait for these small sunflowers.
Dark blue salvia is blooming next to the yarrow that will start up soon.
Yesterday our family went for a walk in the forest preserves. I was looking forward to seeing spring wildflowers. I did, but they were different from the ones I saw a few weeks ago.
Dodecatheon meadia Shooting Star wildflower in the Cap Sauers Holdings of the Palos Forest Preserve.
I am not sure what this is, but it was pretty. No need to know the name, really. We can just enjoy the beauty!