Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ode to the lovely lenten rose

"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." - Gertrude S. Wister

Winter seems to be exceptionally long this year but when I was out scouting today and making a list of all the maintenance that needs to be done in the garden I was thrilled to see the Lenten Rose beginning to bloom. There is nothing better than a beautiful bloom to reassure a gardener who is itching to get out that spring is just around the corner. This is one of four that are in the woodland garden. They were planted on the first day of spring last year and have survived the summer heat & drought, drenching rains this fall and prolonged freezing temperatures this winter. They are such good sports and a joy to my soul!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Elle est belle n'est-ce pas?

This beautiful red-tailed hawk was perched on a tree branch next to my house this morning. She was very intent on getting some breakfast. Hopefully, with a little luck but mostly skill she found herself a nice mouse, vole or rabbit (all pests in my book since they either try to winter in my house or eat my plants).

This rather fat chipmunk has been busy all morning under one of my bird feeders. Filling his checks full of sunflower seeds. Hopefully the hawk won't find him. He is rather adorable. But such is the circle of life.

Winter Wonderland

Kwanzan Cherry tree which will be blooming a few weeks from now.

Agave - poor thing is a little out of its element! We brought this one from Austin, Tx. when we moved back to Georgia.

Crepe Myrtle


Woodland Garden

As predicted, yesterday the white stuff started falling from the sky. At first soft, light flakes which quickly became stronger and more ferocious. We ended up with a good 4" of snow by evening. It is truly a winter wonderland southern style. I couldn't help myself, I must have taken at least a hundred pictures. Here is a sampling of them.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pileated Woodpecker

"Keep your faith in beautiful things;
in the sun when it is hidden,
in the Spring when it is gone."
- Roy R. Gibson

I haven't posted anything for a few weeks now since things have been pretty quiet in the backyard. As we all know, good things are worth the wait and today was one of them. We were honored with a new visitor ... a Pileated Woodpecker! This bird is common in woodland areas in the Southeast and we have seen them many times at my in-law's farm in coastal Mississippi; however, never in my own backyard. This guy is BIG....a good 16" long. He was very busy at this stump in the far corner of the woodland garden. That is a good distance from the back deck were my husband took the photo (I was busy watching it with the binoculars). I had to really zoom in on this photo to get him in the shot and therefore it is not in focus but you can get an idea of how big this bird is. This was a real treat for us and we hope that he will be back and we will see more of him.