Wednesday, May 26, 2010

First Hollyhock of the season



The hollyhocks in the beds next to the Biology and Geology buildings opened this week.

Late Snow


Snow in Summer that is. The plants around the fountain at school have been in bloom for a month. I had almost given up hope! (It seems like it has been a strange spring... but I wonder if I just have a bad memory from year to year. Note to self: find weather history stats somewhere.)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ponderables

Roses, late irises, one carnation, 2 bird nests


The small irises in the yard are up! Yellow, purple and bronze. Such dainty little flags. Oh, and the first carnation of the year!! Perfect. Maroon. White lady banks exploded last weekend. Must add it to my List to sit near the fountain and admire her. Walking onions [verb... for growing those exotic protuberances] ... sculptural and delicious. ROSES ROSES ROSES everywhere. At their peak this week.

Bird nests: Linda and Teresa have a very public hummer's nest. Not sure it was bright on the bird's part, but loads of fun to be able to watch. At work, the perfect Robin's cup in a nearby honeylocust is gone. But earlier this week I spotted a dove landing in a young oak just outside our door. Her round black eye seems to be casting voodoo spells on me: evil eye. Probably just a vacant stare from an exhausted mom.