Looking Out My Back Door – May 5, 2014

Well, the  big news is that the male Ruby Throat Hummingbird was first spotted at my feeder on May 2nd.  Actually, I think there might be two males, either that or this little guy just likes to hang around the old water cooler a lot.  I haven’t actually seen two males together at the same time.  And I haven’t seen a female yet.  We had a little light rain yesterday afternoon and Mr. Hummer was seen sitting on the pear tree flapping his wings and preening himself, like he was taking a shower.  Wish I could have gotten close enough to take a photo of that!

Early Morning Bloodroot

Early Morning Bloodroot

When I first spotted the bloodroot out by the barn, it was early morning and they hadn’t yet opened to greet the day.

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Later that afternoon the flowers were fully open.

Bee Balm and Vinca

Bee Balm and Vinca

The P.J.M. rhododendron at the front of the house could be what initially attracted the hummingbird…that intense color is like a beacon calling all hummingbirds, well maybe not ALL hummingbirds but a few.

P.J.M. Rhododendron

P.J.M. Rhododendron

The bee balm is emerging from a bed of vinca….

White Violets

White Violets

White violets are in bloom at the foot of many of the maple trees.

P.J.M. Rhododendron With Chamaecyparis

P.J.M. Rhododendron Paired With Chamaecyparis

The dark leaves and vivid purple flowers of the P.J.M. rhododendron look marvelous next to the yellow and chartreuse of the chamaecyparis.  The dogwood in the background, however, has not yet started to bloom or leaf out.

Quince

Quince

The quince is abloom with flowers this year.  I planted this quince near the back door about ten years ago…it was supposed to be a dwarf variety.  I watched it get bigger and bigger with each passing year and came to the realization that this is no dwarf.  So it was moved over to the side of the property where it would have more room to spread.  This was no easy task, moving that quince.  It has very sharp thorns and by that time it was about 4 feet tall and wide.  At first I didn’t think it would survive the move but now it has doubled in size and looks very happy out there!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Daffodils keep popping up in some of the beds.  The early ones have come and gone but others are just emerging.

Periwinkle

Periwinkle

 And the vinca a/k/a periwinkle a/k/a myrtle is abloom in many of the beds…fighting it out with its nemesis, the pachysandra.

The Baltimore Oriole or Orchard Oriole arrived yesterday.  You couldn’t miss his lovely call and striking bright orange and black feathers.  I put a piece of apple out on a post for him, but I don’t know if he’ll eat it.  If he doesn’t, some other creature most likely will.

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One thought on “Looking Out My Back Door – May 5, 2014

  1. KerryCan

    I cannot believe how far ahead spring growth is for you–upstate New York and Connecticut are not that far apart but we have so little showing so far! I think I need to get some bloodroot–it’s pretty! I’d also love to add a hummingbird feeder but am a little worried that I would lure the birds here just to make them cat snacks . . . .

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