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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cheerful sights everywhere I look

We finally had a day of blue skies but are back to clouds and more rain to come. I think we've been having one or two days of sunshine for every five of rain most of the spring. I know that will help in the long run, particularly this summer if it dries up.
I'll admit I hate seeing the blue skies returning to gray so soon. Never thought that would happen. I longed for rain so long that it's taken a full year of adequate rainfall for me to finally have had enough when the rainy days are out numbering the clear ones by far.I was wondering why so many of my dogwood blossoms are damaged. At first I thought it was the extreme cold in early march after they started budding. Then I realized the cardinals are eating the flowers. Cracked me up that the state bird of NC is eating the state flowers of NC.

Nice to see the Japanese Maples leafing out in their fiery glory. They are so beautiful to me.
Several more tulips have popped up although only red ones so far. I also have white and yellow tulips and in another part of my garden I have some lavender ones.
I continue to have more and more narcissus popping up. I have about eight different varieties of narcissus and several varieties of daffodils. They have staggered when they emerged more than usual.

10 comments:

Dr.John said...

The snow is finally gone and it is raining here.
Somebody has to teach the state bird not to eat the state flower.
Great pictures.

ellen b. said...

Hi Carver,
Beautiful shots. I'm glad the sky turned blue for you for a few days! Love the Cardinal...

Dee said...

Great title and it captures what I've been feeling since my arrival home from Norway! My flowering plum flowered and almost all of my daffodils are out. My lilacs are budding and the bush in front of my house with the white flowers has a lovely scent. More rhodies are blooming on campus. Gosh! I love spring! Very cheerful!

ramblingwoods.com said...

You have so much in bloom. I didn't know that cardinals ate any flowers, but that is too funny...

Voyager said...

Beautiful photos! I wish we had cardinals here, they are so pretty. But then, I would hate for them to eat my dogwood blossoms.
V.

SandyCarlson said...

This is a beautiful sequence. Thanks for the sunshine.

Bengbeng said...

Somebody has to teach the state bird not to eat the state flower.-> funny :)

Ascender Rises Above said...

Another of my red cardinal envy images. The only birds I have that really hang around are these blue jays which are not particularly pretty and are loud and rude. They come every night about 5:00 pm and stand outside my screened door and scream like banshees; then drink the water from the orange tree.
Note to self: get hummingbird feeders... I got one a few years ago which dripped and did not work; after years of a functional feeder. I miss those quiet little guys.

Daryl said...

Such HAPPY photos .. especially the cardinal ..

Mar said...

Lovely and beautiful shots, Carver!! Sunny Spain has had nothing but rain and clouds since Saturday! it's unusually long, I am hoping it's over soon...and then we will be hoping for a bit of rain!