Thursday, May 15, 2014

Photo Dump

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back
into the slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
- May Sarton -

Now that the weather has improved significantly, I get to combine my two favourite hobbies: photography and gardening. Life is good.

This week’s round of photos is all about Mother Nature’s beautiful children...

The tiny flowers of Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’.

Pulsatilla vulgaris produces crocus-like flowers in shades of lilac to violet-purple.

The beautiful foliage of Lysimachia punctata 'Golden Alexander'. Starry yellow flowers will emerge soon.

You can never get enough of the vibrant flowers of a Primrose.

Tulip ‘Purple Flag’ blooms aren't exactly purple, but they are quite lovely.

No garden is complete without some Hyacinth.

The fragrant flower of Muscari armeniacum.

The red, cup-shaped flower of Tulipa 'Hollandia'.

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ is in good hands with this hardworking gnome.

And my favourite sighting in the garden: Mama Robin feeding her young.
I'm not sure yet if there are more babies. I'm keeping a lookout.

Wishing everyone a joyful day.

33 comments:

  1. Wow a lot pf spring beauty in your neck of the woods. I LOVE that picture of the mommy Robin feeding her baby. How neat :)

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    1. That mommy Robin just makes my day. The baby is growing like a weed!

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  2. Such a great way to start the day, Martha!
    Especially when smothered in fog.....
    Lovely Spring flowers....and Latin names as well!
    Very impressed♥️
    Enjoy your long weekend....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  3. We now have a single red tulip blooming in the front flower bed. Spring has arrived in Alberta!

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  4. A beautiful display of spring flowers. Love them all...

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  5. WOW, Martha! These are beautiful. I really like the Jack Frost!
    Maybe it will be 'an only-child' Robin family.....great shot.

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    1. Yes, that might be how it turns out: 'an only-child' Robin family!

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  6. You are so far ahead of us Martha!!
    Love the brunnera and look your have white pulmonaria, lovely!!
    Chirping robin babies!!

    Spring has really taken over your garden!

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    1. We have had some really good days, and the garden just took off like a rocket! No complaints here. I'm happy to see all the beautiful colours.

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  7. Oh my, Martha. your garden is breathtakingly lovely with all those beauties.
    I have a gnome in my garden too, two as a matter of fact.
    I love, love the shot of mama robin feeding her baby.
    All of your shots are gorgeous!

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    1. That is only one of my gnomes...out of 10 or so! Yes, I'm a gnome junkie :)

      Thanks for your kind words, Margie!

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  8. Just beautiful Martha - I'll have to come by often since the squirrels insist on eating everything I plant so far lol
    Mama Robin - what a gorgeous photo!
    XOX

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    1. Mama Robin is the sweetest. I really enjoy watching her raising her young.

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  9. Love these photos. I did the same thing the other night. Just walked
    about the trailer park with my camera. Super relaxing.

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    1. Yes, it is very relaxing! I enjoy walking around with camera in hand and taking shots of all these miracles of nature.

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    2. I like when I can snag a few shots
      of bugs and bees as well. Fun stuff.

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  10. Spring is a great time for photography. Nice flower shots, and I love your last pic of the mama and baby bird.

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    1. It sure is a great time for photography! It's my favourite season in every which way.

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  11. Wonderful photos ! Yup my faves to , nature, gardening and photography , Thanks for sharing . Have a good long weekend !

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    1. Thanks, Country Gal! Have a really nice long weekend, too!

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  12. Beautiful pictures of amazing flowers. Spring is just the most wonderful time. And the shot of Mama Robin is my absolutel favorite! :)

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    1. Thanks, Beate. Spring is my favourite season. There is so much to photograph this time of year.

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  13. You've got lots of great spring blooms.

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    1. They are coming up like weeds, and I'm very happy about that!

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  14. Beautiful photos of lovely plants that don't grow here in Phoenix! I can almost smell the hyacinths!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Sometimes I forget that different areas grow different things...or not. I bet you have some beautiful plants/flowers growing there that don't grow here...at least not as perennials!

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  15. So glad to see more of these spring pictures, Martha. We're having a bit of a chilly Victoria Day week-end here so I REALLY needed to see your lovely work - just to reassure myself Spring is actually here!!

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    1. We've waited a long time for spring, Francie, and it still seems to be on shaky ground. Yes, this weekend will be a bit chilly, but at least there's no snow in the forecast!

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