Thursday, April 16, 2009

And They're Off !

No sooner had I spied the baby mourning doves, in the process scaring the parents out of the nest, when I discovered they are now gone. Fledged (I hope). I peeked in the nest yesterday, only to find this.

An empty nest. Note, the one forlorn feather left behind--baby fluff. I looked all around to see if there were any abandoned babies, but they appear to be gone. Just like our own children--they grow up so fast!

After a very cold spring, we have had a bit of rain, and today, lovely sunshine. Flowers have seemingly burst into bloom in a split second.

Almost 30 years ago, when we moved into our house, I spent one fall (while being 8 months pregnant) planting about 100 bulbs. The tulips and daffodils have long exhausted themselves. But the grape hyacinth bloom ferociously every spring, dividing as they go. So I dig them up, and plop them into the ground in new places.

My Easter flowers also end up gracing the grounds. Herewith some hyacinths and daffodils.

I have some indoors right now, that will be planted any day now.

And one more big spring project is underway--subject of a future post.

What's going on in your spring clean-up, blooming world?


Anvilcloud said...

I'm surprised the daffodils quit on you as they seem to keep multiplying too.

Jayne said...

Oh, how I love the scent of the hyacinths. :c) Those little grape dearies are so hearty and lovely.

dog-geek said...

Love the grape hyacynths! Our daffodils are definitely winding down - I'm ready for something else to start blooming! And it won't be too much longer before I pop some annuals in the ground!

Laurie said...

Really beautiful pictures! So nice to see...we are still wintery here, although I did see some green grass today, so there IS hope!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Wow flowers. We have just had a week of lovely sunny "warm" weather and there is not much snow left. It will be a while before we have flowers here. I didn't have many to begin with and my pigs have rooted up the gardens not to mention the lawn. Some gardening remedial work is in order.
I just sold the young pigs today. They had to go.
I miss their company and interesting behaviour.

I have been thinking about your brother. (I have visited his blog a couple of times). I hope he is avoiding the flooding in Manitoba. The Red River crests this weekend in Winnipeg. It will be the second worst flood in history.

NCmountainwoman said...

It has always amazed me how quickly the Mourning Doves fledge. They look so helpless when they first leave the nest. Perhaps that's why there is such a high mortality for them.

Our dogwoods are beginning to put out little flowers. The trees have tiny little leaves. I can't wait for the fullness of spring.

This weekend we will assemble the bird spa and do some spring pruning.

troutbirder said...

Beautiful flowers. I love the grape hyacinths. Spring cleanup of the garage is done. Now I have to move my wooden compost bin to the sunny west border. I put it in the woods when we built next door. No sun. No compost. Dumb me!

Ruth said...

Your spring bulbs are lovely. I am still awaiting my first blooms but this warm weekend will hasten their arrival. Baby birds do grow up quickly!