A transplanted Southern Californian living in North Dakota Idaho, with some insights on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Baltimore Orioles and Spring Daffodils

We have too many photos and stories to share.  Fantastic birds have been visiting the homestead, Spring bulbs are popping, and the garden is just buzzing with life and activity.  Our friend the Baltimore Oriole stopped by for a visit, Alycia was quite excited to see him again.  We saw him a few times last year and were so stoked that he decided to return, especially since we'd prepared a meal of orange slices and grape jelly just for him. 
I actually didn't get a picture last year of the Oriole and had to resort to a stock image from the web. This caused me a little bit of shame.  But this year I got my own photo, though it doesn't do him justice.  That orange and black is so much more vibrant in person.

We also had a display of our mid-Spring bulbs, daffodils and Grape Hyacinth.  The Blue Scilla have long since gone, the lovely yellow tulips are almost spent, and the daffodils are on their way out.
These may be the last of the bulbs, expect for the Crocuses which are hiding in a shady, cool spot and will wait a bit longer to emerge.
There are a handfull of the these festive little Grape Hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum - yes this is a rare occasion where I actually know the Latin name), and they're all tangled up with some daisies that we were gifted from a colleague of Alycia's.  There sure are lots of things happening, we'll try to take more photos of all the action!

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