An unusual bounty

We have a pear tree. We think it’s probably a Bartlett. It’s not a very successful pear tree; for the first couple of years we owned the place I didn’t prune it, and it produced only a handful of tiny gnarly spotty pears. By the time we cut the nasty bits out we only managed one small bowl of fruit each.

Then I looked up pear trees, and how to care for them, and, well, I don’t do everything I should but I do prune. But it’s still not a very successful pear tree. We’ve never gotten more than a dozen pears off it, though their quality has improved significantly.

Until this year.

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Garden surprise

towhee egg

Well, this wasn’t what I expected to find smack in the middle of the veggie garden path yesterday. I guess someone got caught short.

(The garden is netted, but somehow they still manage to find a way in, and then can’t get out till I open the gate and shoo them off. And they REALLY like blueberries.)

towhee egg
It’s a towhee egg. They’re particularly good at getting UNDER the netting. 

The crocus spring

closeup of purple crocus buds with raindrops on them

I started taking pictures of crocuses a few days ago, but haven’t posted any yet, because I’ve been pretty sluggish due to a bad cold/flu. But I’ve decided that I have more energy now, and also that I’m going to post them in sequential groupings until I get caught up to “real time,” so their development is clear. These are the first photos I took, on March 1st. It was a dark and rainy day, so I didn’t get a lot where my hand was steady enough with the macro lens at the necessary shutter speed for my satisfaction. But I kind of like these.

 

the battle continues

As explained in a previous post, this year I ran netting across the entire top of the veggie garden, because the raspberries and blueberries had decided to produce fruit at the same time. A great benefit to me in many ways, because it’s made walking around the plot so much easier.

Evidently others have found certain things easier too. Continue reading “the battle continues”

Netting

Garden netting is a pain in the ass to set up, but I do it every year because if I don’t, the birds get all the blueberries and raspberries, and after letting them have the cherries I draw the line. (I also like blueberries and raspberries a lot better than cherries.) Continue reading “Netting”

oddities

closeup of green leavesout of focus image of magenta flower on green backgroundIt’s the photos that are oddities, not the plants. Though one of the plants is a bit of a puzzle too.

The flower is herb-robert, no confusion there.

But the green plant—that’s a mystery. This picture was taken when it was just starting to emerge. It pops up every year and produces clusters of long spindly stalks with tiny purple flowers, and the bees LOVE it. I’ve tried and tried, but I have not been able to identify it. The leaves are long and narrow and pointed, somewhat like lavender, but we have lavender sitting right next to it—it’s not that.The stalks all come up from the root in a bunch, without branching; the leaves are not opposed (and when it gets bigger the leaves are much more spread out on the stalk). It has no noticeable scent—not to me, at any rate. Obviously something draws the bees.

 

Bleeding hearts

I took over 500 photos of flowers, yesterday, which sets me a fairly daunting task when it comes to sorting through them. So in the meantime, have some pictures of bleeding hearts from May.

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