My husband is the horticulturist in the family. He knows all of our plants by their common and Latin names. However, ever since he suffered a stroke in February, he can no longer remember the names. I took these photos a few weeks ago, and I think this shrub is a Viburnum. I love the little orange visitor!
I nearly missed the trilliums this year. They are native plants here in Georgia, and our state has more indigenous trillium species than any other state in the U.S. Every year we have a few trilliums blooming in our woodland garden, but they are easy to miss because they are so close to the ground, and the blooms actually face downward.
About a year and a half ago we had a dead tree removed, and when it fell it clobbered one of our rose bushes. (If you’re not familiar with the word clobbered, it means the rose bush was hit hard and severely battered.) Last year there were no blooms, and we were worried that the rose bush was damaged beyond recovery.
But this year, we have beautiful pink roses…
“The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”
The tulip poplar is one of the largest of the native trees in the eastern United States and is a valuable hardwood tree. Early European settlers in the U.S. called it “Canoewood” because Native Americans made dug-out canoes from its truck. It also is known as Fiddletree, Whitewood, Yellow poplar, and as Tulip-tree because its flowers resemble tulips.
We have a large tulip poplar behind our house, and there are several in the surrounding woods. They are in bloom now, and fallen blooms can be seen scattered on our road.
Quite a few years ago a friend gave us two bluebird nesting boxes. Last week was only the second time in all of those years that we’ve actually seen bluebirds in the boxes. I was unable to get very close but was able to take a few photos of one male Eastern Bluebird.
“O bluebird, welcome back again, Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best….”
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