Feb 5, 2012

Breaking Ground...


Our weather has been
glorious!


icy mornings...


and
sunshiny days...


the garden is breaking ground...

the first crocus have popped up...


as have the first dandelions,
ready to start the race...


in the bare garden...

a mossy bench
 waits for it's leafy canopy...


maybe the birds know something we don't...


these little birdhouses,
with the oval openings are for Violet Tree Swallows...

their slim bodies and agile wings can maneuver
the odd shape...

this gives them a good safe home...


but each spring,
a contortionist male sparrow
will decide to make it his home...

he cleans it out...

only to find
the girl he has been building his little nest for
can't get in...

and the love birds have to move on
to find a new more accommodating home...



pink feathers
?

did you think we had very fancy birds?

I give the birds craft feathers each spring to nest with,
it is a delight to watch them
flying around carrying all the bright feathers...


the crocus eased open
as the day warmed...



does this mean
our winter is over...

probably not...

after last years crocus bloomed we had
piles of snow...


it does mean
we had a beautiful day :-)

I hope you did too!

Today I am joining...

a brand new party
Wild about Mother Nature
and


Thanks for stopping by today...

35 comments:

NanaDiana said...

I am always amazed at how quickly flowers come to your part of the States. Lucky you. Nothing here yet and there won't be for months...UGH- xo Diana

Gayle said...

It has been glorious weather and I tell you my mood has simply soared. Last week I was blogged down and had to do a post on summer flowers I was so down with the rain! Lovely as always Bella.
Gayle from Behind the Gate

Evi said...

we also have been having wonderful weather and the crocusses are quite far out. I covered them with pine greens, in hope that they will not freeze at night.
Your garden looks all ready for spring. I love the idea with the pink feathers, and will try this since we always get alot of birds nesting here.
Have a great week,
Evi

Blondie's Journal said...

It seems like spring comes much earlier for you than us here in the Midwest. Is it all of your rain? Crocus...already!

I love that you put feathers out to help the birds along...their nests must be very colorful!! :-D

XO,
Jane

chateau chic said...

What lovely photos to give hope for spring.
Glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

flowersandhome said...

The crocuses in your garden are sooo beautiful; their colors are just magical.
What a fun idea to give the birds fancy feathers to build their nests with ;-)
Bye,
Marian

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

What nice 'spring' photo's - we have snow drops that have opened but no crocuses ... lucky you!

Counting down the days until it's officially spring!

Katie
www.westiejulep.blogspot.com

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Bella! Great to see your garden again, but so amazing! I love your feather idea. It's like you're joining in on making the nest too! Tweet!

Pamela Gordon said...

Bella what a sweet post of spring and hope especially for us who have to endure 3 more months of winter weather. I love the idea of putting out pretty feathers for the birds nests. My sister's grandkids put out bits of yarn for the birds in the spring. Enjoy your spring weather! Pamela

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Beautiful photos. Can't wait for spring!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

The crocus looks great--can't wait til mine bloom as they are sticking up now. I was wondering about that pink feather:) I thought I was really missing out on some kind of fancy hot pink bird:)

Annie said...

I'm making the Rose Queen tote you posted in May of last year. I know, I'm slow. Do you still feel transfer paper is the best way to get the image onto the bag? So many bloggers are posting about various ways to transfer to fabric, that I am a bit confused. This has been on my list of things to get accomplished since I first saw it. It's so pretty!! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.
Annie

Rowan said...

My little crocus and snowdrop flowers are buried under snow at the moment - not for too long though I hope.

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder.
Man kommer til at længes efter forår.
Tak for kigget.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I keep coming back to see the beautiful photos of your flowers.

Wanda said...

Bella, thank you for your beautiful spring post. I live in West Michigan and was thrilled to see snow drops in my garden. That means crocuses are not far behind. I love your idea to share craft feathers with the birds.You have a beautiful home and blog. I am your newest follower. Wanda

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

You make me wish for spring! Your flowers are so pretty. I love the Violet Swallows house. I also put nesting materials out for the birds. I usually put white feathers out, among other things, but how fun the colorful ones would be.
Love your blog, as always!

~Shanon

Heaven's Walk said...

Thank you sooooo much for that early sweet breath of springtime, Bella! We've had such a warm, non-snowy winter here in MI, which has been so fabulous. I could get used to it! :)

xoxo laurie

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Beautiful photos Bella.Thank you for sharing. I am a follower.
~Clara

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love all your photos of your glorious gardens...Your crocuses are beautiful!

Judi said...

Hi Bella
Pretty flowers your way already. It looks like this year is making up for some of the lateness in summer we had.
Isn't it wonderful to be on this side of the year with so much nice weather and pretty flowers to look forward to.
enjoy..
Judi

Gayle said...

Beautiful, beautiful.

KB said...

Beautiful pics.

Light and Voices said...

Okay what bird was wearing those pink feathers....gotta know.
Joyce M

Dawn said...

YOu have a beautiful garden I love your photos. And the idea of the craft feathers for the birds was wonderful ;0) Dxx

Mumzie said...

Absolutely stunning! Love your garden and photos. Mumzie

The Nostalgic Scrapper said...

hi... just browsing and found your blog... what a beautiful entry...

Regina said...

Fabulous!
Have a lovely week ahead.

♥ Regina

Shannon said...

As I look through your blog I realized that your photos remind me of Toshi Otsuki's photos. When Victoria magazine first came out way back when, I collected them mostly because his photos were so beautiful and, quite frankly, soothing. Yours remind me so much of those. Wonderful!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

How much fun...seeing your garden coming to life!

Anne said...

Wonderful! So glad I found your blog...♥
Best,
Anne
www.alittlefurinthepaint.blogspot.com

Lydia said...

Stunning photography

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

So beautiful! I hope everything is well with you!
Blessings,
~Wendy

June said...

You lucky girl. I am itching to get out, but darn it! we still have snow and are expecting more : (
I loved seeing your lovely crocus!!!
hugs from here...

Haworth said...

We've had such a mild winter here in New England, my garden has had an early start, too. I love your idea of putting out craft feathers for the birds. The birds and squirrels around here do find the oddest thngs to bring into their nests. Last year, a squirrel brought a plastic bag up into the tree, as if he wanted to weather proof his little home!