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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Celebrating the Shade Garden and Easter Flowers April 4, 2015

Welcome to my spring Easter flowers, today I am linking with-

I'd Rather Be Birding hosted by Anni

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Stewart

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

One of my favorite new gardens is a shade garden with Primulas, Virginia Bluebells, a hosta, some ferns, Celandine Poppies, Pulmonaria, Hellebore, Trillium, and others.  What I enjoy most is that shade seems to render most of my obnoxious weeds unable to grow.


Celandine poppy, at the bud stage, a great ephemeral shade plant with spring bloom-

Primula "cowslip", red, seed grown-

Primula 'Silver-laced'-

March 31, winter took a parting shot, I hope, and dumped quite a lot of small hail on the early flowers, here another bed of Anemone nemorosa, but it seems without effect-

Another Cowslip primula does well in what I consider a difficult place, on the edge of the ramp, the yellow are charmingly more upfacing than the red-


Delightful Virginia bluebells that was planted last year and is blooming, they look a little bluer in real life, I love those borage family blues-


A Red-breasted Nuthatch trying to camouflage himself as an Easter egg-



We managed a daytime trip to Portland, and saw these luscious cherry blossoms, which remind me of my Washington DC honeymoon when the cherries were in bloom, 47 years ago-


Across the street was a fabulous old house, one of very many in Portland.  I would love to experience living in such a grand house-



I hope spring is finally arriving at your locale, have a blessed Pesach or Easter.   There was another momentous lunar eclipse  last night.   This is from last fall, last night was cloudy here.   -Hannah


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  1. How beautiful your Easter flowers are. And those cherry blossoms are just amazing. Happy Easter weekend to you.

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    1. Thanks, Dorothy, it's so strange seeing flowers blooming so much earlier this year. I'm really worried about the fruit trees not having enough pollinators out yet to get much fruit. I guess I'll find out. There were some hover flies, I hope they can actually do a good job pollinating. The cherry blossoms in my yard are just plain white fruit tree cherries, not those spectacular doubles.

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  2. We missed the eclipse, at 10.30 it was cloudy, still cloudy a little later, next thing it was 3 a.m. and all over. Your garden is showing how lovely the spring blossoms are.

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    1. Thanks, Jean, I had good photos from last fall so added one, but this year it was all overcast. I'm amazed at the early flowers.

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  3. Lovely photos! I love the primulas and the anemones. The cherries are gorgeous. I wish you a peaceful Easter!

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, I grew the primulas in the shade garden from seed. From the first year these did well, the next year I tried a couple more varieties and didn't get them out soon enough or something and they disappeared slowly. I will try again sometime. I'm going to my son's house for Easter dinner.

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  4. Your garden looks beautiful, Hannah and shelters treasures!
    I just love Easter looking nuthatch!!
    And the lunar eclipse is fabulous, we too had clouds and could not see the sun eclipse that occurred a few days ago.
    Take care :)

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    1. Merci, Noushka, the nuthatch kept doing that crazy pose. I was disappointed that it was cloudy but I did get photos last spring, the color is amazing.

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  5. Your flowers are pretty, I might try the primulas. And the cherry blossoms trees are gorgeous.. I love that big house.. And your Nuthatch is so cute, great photos. Happy Easter to you and yours..

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, I'm surprised how well this group of primulas have returned, but there were some that did not. I am rather wanting some of the double ones that look like little roses.

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  6. Extraordinary images...so much beauty surrounds you. You're living a 'dream life'. Love the bird images too....Thanks, for sharing this link for the week at I'd Rather B Birdin'

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    1. Thanks, Anni, it does seem like a dream sometimes to live on two acres, but the weeds are responding to the warmth too, and I have some that are very rampant. I'm afraid I spend far more time than I would like on arduous weeding chores.

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  7. such lovely blooms! i remember enjoying the trilliums in the wisconsin woods where i grew up. miss them. loved your 'easter egg' nuthatch. :)

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, the native Trilliums are blooming now, I don't know if the Trillium luteum will make it back this year. I don't see the nuthatches much now, they were fun to watch.

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  8. Fantastic shots of the Nuthatch adn glorious blooms. HAPPY EASTER.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret, I enjoyed your series on Israel, and the camel ride. I had a good time with my grandkids.

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  9. Your flowers are gorgeous..You are way ahead of us..The Nuthatch is adorable..Great shots..Happy Easter...

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    1. Thanks, Missy, I had dinner with my local kids and grandkids. I can't believe how early the flowers are.

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  10. Happy Easter, Hannah! I enjoyed seeing the shots of your Primulas, one of my favorite flowers. The shot of the nuthatch made me chuckle! Looks like you enjoyed your trip to Portland.

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    1. Thanks, Alison, even though I live close, I don't get there much to see the sights, except a nighttime class in the dark. I'm looking forward to Hortlandia next month.

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  11. Your flowers are just beautiful Hannah. I can only admire your ability to put a name to all your garden plants and to be able to separate the weeds from desirables.

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    1. Thanks, Phil, I've been gardening and looking at gardening catalogs for a long time. Sometimes my brain has trouble flipping through the "cards" and bringing up the right name, but I can tell the little weeds from the others pretty well.

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  12. Your flowers are just beautiful Hannah. I can only admire your ability to put a name to all your garden plants and to be able to separate the weeds from desirables.

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    1. Thanks, Phil, it comes from looking at many flower catalogs and plants for many years, and pulling many weeds as well. I admire some of the people who can identify so many birds.

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  13. Your flowers are beautiful. I've never seen Primula 'Silver-laced' before, and I find them fascinating.

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    1. Thanks, I like the edges. I enjoy any plant I can grow from seed that will come back the next year and bloom. I will have to try more Primulas sometime.

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  14. Hannah, I wish you a Happy Easter !!

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  15. Hannah, I wish you a Happy Easter !!

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    1. Thanks, Ela, I enjoyed your flowers and Resurrection Day sentiments.

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  16. Beautiful flowers homes and birds. Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks, Carver, it's fun photographing houses in a totally different neighborhood, I enjoy your southern ones as well.

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  17. Love the cowslips and Virginia Bluebells. That house is wonderful! Hope you aren't prevented from commenting because you don't belong to Google+!!!! Hope you had a very blessed Easter!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I checked your blog and my comment did go through. It must be exciting to have your mother write a book.

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  18. Looking forward to another spring, summer and fall in your garden.

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  19. Thanks, Janice, that is a sweet thing to say. I enjoyed your vintage family photo, the hairstyles look like some I had as a child, but the boys' caps look like something from my parents' era. I couldn't comment because of google+, but would email you if an email address was provided.

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  20. Lovely blossoms, a grand house and a cute little nuthatch in this delightful collection of photos.

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    1. Thanks, Gemma, the house was amazing, but I wouldn't want to be the one who had to paint it.

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  21. You have so many beautiful, colorful flowers here! Many I've never seen before. I love this time of year! Hope your Easter was a blessed one.

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    1. Thanks, Gail, the south has so many plants that won't grow here, but I guess there are things that grow here that don't grow there too.

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  22. The collection of flowers are well thought out, and the Nuthatch is as excellent too. That blood red moon, wow.

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    1. Thanks, Bob, the eclipse last fall was very exciting but made for a very late night. I was expecting it to look different too, when the light started to come back again. The nuthatch is a very compatible color.

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  23. pretty springtime images. the primula is lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, I am expecting some more primulas to bloom too.

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  24. It's great to see these bright-coloured blossoms!

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  25. Thanks, it's a great time of the year when everything really takes off.

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  26. As always, you've shared an abundance of beauty Hannah! I am watching snowflakes flutter to the earth like tiny white butterflies at the moment. Spring takes its time here in NH, I'm content to have blossoms on my windowsill.

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    1. Thanks, Laura, it is a delight to hear from you, I hope you are recuperating well. Contentment is a wonderful thing, I could wish for more of it. I suppose having to wait a lot is one way to develope it.

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  27. Hi there - nice set of pictures - nuthatches are one of my favourite birds - but we don't have them in Australia!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  28. I love old houses like the one across from you....and your shade garden is lovely. Very much like my shade garden. I also love that it is not conducive to weeds.

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  29. Heisann!

    We just have the yellow cowslip growing wild here in the middle/end of May. The red one is lovely!
    Have a nice Sunday, enjoy gardening ;:OD)

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