. . . Living on a mountain in southwest Virginia...
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Walker Mountain from our back pasture. April 21, 2011
It's been a great spring--minus the scary tornadoes.
Tiger Swallowtails April 19, 2011
These tiger swallowtails and another black swallowtail were feasting on the mud left by a flood along Walker Creek.
Blue Phlox April 19, 2011
The blue phlox has already bloomed in our woods . . .
and the redbud trees...
. . . as well as the wild strawberries in the back pasture.
Box Turtle April 24, 2011
I found 3 large box turtles while hunting for morel mushrooms--not sure where they were going in the woods but I was glad to see so many of these turtles around.
Garden Spring Flowers
I've been torn between working in my garden and walking in the woods. Too bad everyone doesn't have that dilemma.
Pink Tulip after rain. April 28, 2011
I plant tulip bulbs every fall even though they seem to only last a few years. I can't remember when I planted these large pink tulips.
Columbine April 28, 2011
This native columbine "came up volunteer" (an old saying of my mom's when anything just came up in her garden without her planting it). The blooms were especially beautiful this spring with the creeping phlox I planted years ago. Of course, the woods are full of columbine--they seem to like the steep rocky slopes.
Shooting Star April 24, 2011
I planted this native shooting star several years ago. The delicate green leaves are at the base whirled around a single stalk of flowers. The flowers are quite small--you almost have to get right down to appreciate their beauty. Shooting Stars don't t grow on our land but I was able to buy a start from a native plant nurseryman. It blooms for only a few days, the light green foliage decays after a month or so. I was lucky I didn't plant anything there the first year or else it would be gone.
Lilac April 25, 2011
The lilac shrub was filled with blooms.
I also surround myself with lots of pansies from local greenhouses--they get their plants from local growers or else grow them right there in the greenhouse. The prices are usually good too.
At one greenhouse, I saw some violas in a teapot planter which gave me an idea to use my recently broken teapot. My husband glued it back together for me and I put some violas in it. I think it makes a better planter than teapot now.
This has nothing to do with my post but wanted to show you the beautiful country eggs I've been buying from a friend. He supplies the local gourmet restaurant with eggs so they have to be good.
Carolina Wren April 23, 2011
I put up an old birdhouse on my garden shed. A pair of Carolina Wrens built a nest in early spring. She was disturbed every time I went inside the shed. But, now it's quiet with the last fledgling leaving on April 23. But, I saw a new pair checking out the birdhouses on the front porch so I hope to see more activity and I can watch them from my computer.