Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Signs Of Spring Around Our Yard And An Update On What We've Been Up To!

There's  nothing quite like Spring to reawaken our souls :-)

To have new growth and unlimited possibilities... how the strength of one small, determined seed can change everything!

Here is one of my squash plants that reseeded itself and has started to emerge from the soil... although something is mighty hungry and already beginning to eat it's leaves!

Our blueberry bushes are also starting with new buds. We planted 3 last Spring and are anxious to see how they do this year after some growth!

I found this beautiful bird bath that is solar powered and lights up at night at our local Big Lots. My mom always loved hummingbirds as do I, so I knew it would be the perfect addition to our yard.

We have this beautiful mature Camellia shrub that is absolutely beautiful! It has many blooms on it, but the other day after this was taken the colder temps. hit and made a lot of them close up and die :-(

                                                       I love how pretty the blooms are :-)

Kathleen's strawberry plants she put in last year are coming out too! Now I just need to find a way to keep the squirrels out of everything!

I'm pretty sure this is another tomato plant that reseeded itself, unless the birds dropped another kind of seed into the tomato container! :-)

             With the death of certain plants and trees, there is room for new life and new beauty....

                                          Dried leaves and seed pods and pine cones galore!

                                   Wild violets popping up all over the yard too! So pretty!

Little hard to see as it blends in so much, but the butterfly bush I planted last year is coming back really well!

Still keeping our feeders filled until it gets warmer again, the birds are just in heaven having food readily available and 4 bird baths to enjoy!

Our Rhododendrom has lots of buds getting ready to bloom soon. This one is always so very pretty!

                                            Small new bud on one of our dogwood trees.

                                                            Well hello little "guy"! :-)

i love walking around the yard and seeing all the new things growing, despite every odd they make it through with determination!

  Our pecan tree! Not many leaves yet, but boy do the goats love eating them when they do come in!

                  Weeping cherry is always so pretty too... this is one of Jerry's favorite trees :-)

                                                 More dogwoods starting to bloom.

                                                        Green grass beginning to show.....

I was excited to see my tulips starting to come back up, but NOT happy to see the squirrels digging up the bulbs to eat them! My dad said squirrels don't seem to like daffodils and I see a ton of them blooming around town and in our neighbor's yard so may have to plant those for next year!

             We've had a lot of rain lately and it has finally gotten our pond filled back up! Yeah!!!

      Spent some time sitting and talking with mom as I was walking around the yard. Miss her             terribly...... I could feel her with me, but I just wanted to give her a hug so badly.....

          Birds are getting ready to lay their eggs, we have several bird houses all around the yard.

Walked down to say hi to Annabelle and Ruby :-) Didn't have treats on me so they were trying to nibble my fingers, lol ;-)

This is our sunroom and I was trying to get a good shot of my stained glass windows, though the sunlight reflection makes it hard to see. Two were my moms, and the hummingbird window Jerry had someone paint for me :-) I love sitting there enjoying the warmth and watching the birds.... my mom always like dit too. She always said she could spent the whole day in there when she wasn't able to get outside.

  Another perk to Spring weather coming is finding more and more delicious fresh fruit to enjoy!
            When the strawberries arrive nice and sweet I'll be making several dishes with them!

                                Just had to include these pictures of Elvis.... he's so spoiled!

The other day Jerry and Kathleen got to spend the day together and they had a blast at an adventure place that had an arcade, go carts, mini golf and more! Enjoying the beautiful weather!

           Can you find Kathleen on the porch in the little house? She kind of blends in there, lol.

It's good for them to get a break as they have been so loaded down with homework every night. Hayley made this delicious guacamole that she learned how to make in her foods class. :-)

    She was also very excited when she received her first edition of Hemingway's Farewell to Arms!

               Busy planning out our projects for the house and yard. Will be updating more soon!



Billie Jo said...

Hello Jill!
Such beauty around you place!!!
I hope you are enjoying the the spring. : )

Barb said...

Hi Jill!

Your home is just so gorgeous! I love all the buds and green things just bursting from the ground...I'm so ready for spring! Your photos are so pretty, and I so hope you post some photos when everything is in full bloom!

Fun pictures of Kathleen and Jerry - they looked like they were having so much fun!

I know that your mom was with you in the garden, sometimes, it's just so hard, and a hug is what you need. So, big ((hugs)) across the miles, sweet friend.

Hugs and Love,

Dianna said...

Don't you just love this time of year and seeing everything popping up fresh and new. One of my favorite times of the year. Things are beginning to green up around here a bit too. I enjoyed all of your beautiful pictures...and that is the neatest bird bath that you found at Big Lots! It must be so pretty at night.

Have a good week, my friend.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The birds will thank you for that bird bath!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Jill, it's looking like Spring around your lovely place. You are ahead of us, but I know soon we will be seeing the same! Our daffodils have been blooming. Your Dad is correct, the squirrels and moles and voles dislike them, so I plant them in my gardens. Your bird bath looks like the one I just bought at the Yankee Candle store. I did bring it in now as we have been having freezing temps at night and I don't want it to crack. Have a lovely day. ♥

Chatty Crone said...

All the photos were so beautiful!

mamasmercantile said...

Spring has definitely arrived in your part of the World. Some lovely photos of everything starting to reseed and regrow. Loved the bird bath.

Julie said...

12" of snow this past weekend, we won't be seeing any pretty things yet. Those little violets you guys have, we get them for Mother's day, we call them mom flowers. Your girls are growing up so fast. Mike just celebrated his 26th birthday, WOW, I have a son that 26.
I love reading your posts. I know you miss your mama. I miss daddy so much too. This was our time of year, I get gong ho on losing weight and he'd be right there exercising and helping me. Not in the mood yet but will have to do my thing alone. I'll learn.
Take care Jill. Love all your pictures. Keep them coming.
Blessings my friend!

Carla from The River said...

I needed this Spring Tour .. we are a long way off. ;-)
I always enjoy your posts my friend. Elvis is a cutie!

Red Rose Alley said...

The hummingbird bird bath is so pretty, Jill. You know, the hummingbird is my most beloved bird, and so glad to hear you and your mom appreciate this precious one as well. Hayley's guacamole looks great! I love this picture of Kathleen sitting on the little porch. The Camellias are such a pretty color, and it looks like Spring is going to be arriving soon in your area.

Happy March days, Jill.


Hena Tayeb said...

Oh look at all those blooms and signs of spring.. while I look out my window and see snow..

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So nice to see all the signs of spring! Love the little blue violets and the camellia! Looks like everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and having some fun. Love the commemorative bench to your Mom. Sending hugs xo Karen

McVal said...

How beautiful! I can't wait until it's a little warmer around here so I can be outside more.
Good luck with the squirrels!