Morning All! Happy GBBD.
Let’s start the clock at 8 am after a previous evening rain and see what I find to photograph. All images were taken on the 14th but nothing is any different on the 15th. Sun predominantly both days, but a small chance of thunderstorms late afternoon today is expected. Some images were taken at the farm, and some, from inside the house. Take a walk and see what is blooming, despite the snow on the 9th.
Small clumps of Snowdrops, Leucojum and a few isolated crocus made their appearances. FYI, these early bloomers are in a very warm and protected area. I have a unique micro-climate due to an abundance of masonry and protective shrubs. The trees and shrubs cut down the damaging winds. The brick and stone masonry warms the soil temperatures and helps to retain moisture.
I photographed each hour of the day whether I was at my office at home or at the farm. I find this fascinating because, as in the previous post, you see and focus on something different by following the sun. You can see I have not cleaned out the beds yet, but must do so soon as the tulips and daffodils are pushing out.
Buds are bursting and I suspect with the temperatures rising into the sixties (76° on Tuesday) during the day and evenings of consistent 50s, plants will be on the fast tract. This is really odd March weather for us.
I left for the farm after lunch. The daffodils, holly, goose feather, and rose hips are all taken at the farm. There is so much more I could have captured because Spring at a tree and shrub farm is pretty phenomenal. Shortly, you will see huge fields of blossoming trees buzzing with digger bees. The digger bees can fly in cooler temperatures than honeybees and are the main pollinators for fruit trees very early in the growing season. The adult digger bees are active during April into May just when the trees get blooming and rarely are attracted to the ground flowering weeds, left for other pollinators. They are often not found in fruit orchards though. This is because the ground is tilled and furrowed to control weeds. The bees don’t fly far from their feeding trees and need safe nesting areas. Last year, I showed you where the digger bees nest at the farm.
The Canada Geese are back at the lake. They are getting ready with nesting sites on the center island. I showed you this also last year on April 10th with the geese incubating their eggs on their down filled nests. I find the farm in Spring so much more interesting than my own garden, but I do have quite a bit blooming in April and May. I hope to get you more farm shots this year. It is our busy time and I often don’t get much camera time there or at home.
The holly this year had more berries than normal. The ones in the field, raised for sale, were loaded with fruit. These are ornamentals planted in the gardens.
The sedum is in my garden, as are the hydrangea and everything after 5 pm..
New burgundy buds on the Hydrangea are a welcome sight popping up amongst the spent flowers from last year.
This is a rose standard that resides in my office through winter. It has now moved outdoors. The little roses are not very pleased at the cooler nighttime conditions. My office temperatures are about 60° at night and the roses and orchids seem to prefer this. The Kalanchoe is in my foyer with the African Violets (shown last post), toasty warm.
My trees and shrubs are up-lighted at night. I do have ambient light also which can be seen in the previous post in the Black and White image of the back garden in the snow on March 9th. I am more fond of the lighted garden in the snow and in summer, yet the bare trees do add garden interest. They add Tracery, our W4W on Wednesday the 28th.