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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

First Day of Spring 2007...









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Blogger Lea said...

Beautiful photos! I love spring and all of the sights and sounds it brings.

March 22, 2007 6:12 AM  
Blogger Pattie said...

Ahhh...I just love Spring. The pictures are gorgeous. I especially love the opening tulip. Did the kids take them?

March 22, 2007 8:32 AM  
Anonymous squirrel said...

You take such pretty pictures!

March 22, 2007 4:06 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Lea...

I do too!


Hey Pattie...

Yes. Both of the kids took these pictures. These are just a few of the birds that come to our yard and my flowers.


Hey Squirrel...

Thanks. But the kids took these!


later...

March 22, 2007 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Vijay said...

Beautiful pictures.
Convey my appreciation and regards to your kids :)
I especially liked the last one with the small blue flowers and the one with the purple flower (6th picture). What are they?

March 24, 2007 11:38 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Vijay...

Thank you. I will tell the kids.

I have to apologize and tell you that I can't recall the name of the last flower. They naturalize quite well and can be found growing in yards and fields. They are very early bloomers coming out shortly after the crocus. (Not pictured here.)

The other flower is a perennial violet that may be considered by some as a "wildflower". I consider it as an antique flower that was dug up and planted in flowerbeds by very early gardeners. This plant loves heavy shade areas and can be found in wooded areas as well.

A little story about how I got this plant. It was growing in my yard. I considered it a type of weed and mowed over it for two years. (I don't use herbicides in my yard.) One spring it produced a bloom low to the ground that had been "missed" by my lawn mower. After the discovery of the beautiful tiny bloom I investigated on what kind of plant it was. I then promptly "rescued" it and transplanted it into two of my flower beds and have enjoyed it immensely ever since. The flower is tiny and is only about 1 inch in total diameter. (2.2cm)

It propagates slowly underground through the root system and is not invasive.

It's an early bloomer as well.

later...

March 25, 2007 11:22 AM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

beatiful pics!!!

March 25, 2007 6:12 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Thanks Wolfbaby!

March 25, 2007 9:21 PM  

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