Spring is still rolling on a little early, now the Pulmonarias are starting to bloom. Today I am linking with-
Today's flowers hosted by Denise
Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen
I'd Rather B' Birdin' hosted by Hootin' Anni'
In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy
Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher
For my In a Vase on Monday post this week, answering hostess Cathy's challenge to find something in my garden to plonk in a vase, I combined some Daffodils, Pulmonaria, Vinca major, and some variegated Elaeagnus ebbingei foliage, here in my ceramic vase with crystalline glaze-
I like the large flat-cupped type of Daffodil-
I was noticing the tiny blooms of the purple Dead Nettle, and the terrible weed Cardamine hirsuta, which has been nicknamed "Artillery Weed" since the ripe seeds can explode in your face when you bend over to pull them up. They are very good at reseeding and can expand their territory rapidly. I was wanting some small flowers to cut for my little little ceramic box made like a sewing machine-
To my surprise, after a couple of days the little deadnettle blooms opened more-
The sewing machine-
Hostess Cathy wrote of promises last week, significant for me since we celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary last month. I like to look at our photos as children and imagine us meeting, but the nearly four year difference in our ages means we probably wouldn't have played together much. But I would have thought he was cute! He has been a source of stability and happy companionship for all those years, he likes to ride motorcycles and bicycles, and is building an electric assist tricycle, so I guess I would have to call him The Motorcyclist.
Meanwhile out on the deck, I was visited one day by both a male Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus-
And the lighter brown female-
I originally knew them under the old name I like better, the Rufous-sided Towhee.
What signs of spring are you enjoying? -Hannah
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