Wednesday, April 6, 2011

a visitor and some new flowers

I woke up the other day to rainy skies and drops falling on my window from the blowing wind. It was cold and gray but my purple tulips still looked pretty good. I got my journal and sketch book ready to use and set my coffee to brew. Then when I came back there was a surprise on the wing. This single morning dove was perched in the cedar tree near the window. I watched as it took a little hop over to my window sill and checked out the place between two bricks that support the summer window air conditioner. It happens to be where sparrows nest during the summer so there is always a little debris settled in between the two bricks. She didn't see me on the inside and I grabbed my camera to take a couple portraits of my visitor.

Once she had a good look around and turned a few times she got nervous and flew out into the tree. It is a sign of the season when birds show up looking for a place to lay their nesting materials. I cleaned and rehung my wren house on the old choke cherry tree the day before and added a new cedar bird house on a shepherds hook in a part of the garden that has no trees near a bird bath. I enjoy watching them and hope that our yard has plenty of bugs they like to eat and feed their young. We also have some new flowers blooming in the yard. This camellia Keith planted last fall has really shown off and looks very happy in it's new home. We had trouble in the past getting them to live so this is a positive sign.

Finally the little pink bleeding hearts are a new plant for our DC garden's shady section. I missed the big bleeding heart that used to grow next to the back door in Manassas so now we have our own.

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