Spring Has Sprung

Spring has arrived in a big way, every fruit tree and bush is in bloom.  Such an awakening!

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Birds and Flowers

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I was out in the yard, camera in hand, saw these 12 geese coming at me.  I had about 10 seconds to point the camera that direction and snap this picture. What a surprise, I  got a fair looking photo.  This group of geese stay in this area and fly from pond to pond.

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Looked out the kitchen window and there sat this little baby mocking-bird on my husband’s garden tiller. Now and then he gave a yell for mom and dad to come by and feed him.

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This white (MayPop) Passion Flower is native to the eastern U.S.  It grows wild all over Arkansas and the fruit is eatable.

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This rose moss in my yard re-seeds itself every year and has so many beautiful colors.

Roses

The following roses are growing in my yard.  I actually got a few good pictures of part of my collection of roses before the bugs chewed holes in the peddles.

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This is called the Double Delight Hybrid Tea Rose.  This is a very small bush type rose.

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This is the Mr. Lincoln Rose.  It ranges in color from dark red, to the shade shown here.

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This is a large bush rose that everyone in Arkansas calls The Old Fashion Bush Rose.

Earth’s Abundant Beauty

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It amazes me that the bloom of any plant can be beautiful.  Whether it’s a tree, a vine, or a weed.  The bloom above is from a blackberry vine.  It was not until I bought a new camera, with a macro lens, that I began to really see the beauty God created.

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This is simply a weed in my yard, I do not know its name, but I thought it was quite pretty.

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In an earlier post, I talked of the Red Tip Hedge in my yard.  These small flowers make up each bloom of the hedge.  Below you will see what the Red Tip Hedge looks like when it is in total bloom.  It is a beautiful sight on which to feast your eyes.

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Most of you should be able to recognize this as the strawberry bloom.  From this one picture you can see we are going to have many strawberries in our patch this year.  Soon we will have to put netting over these berries or the birds will have a feast.

The following pictures are just weeds in the yard, but I still see the beauty of their blooms.

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Clematis

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This purple clematis begins blooming in late April and blooms for several months.  I planted this vine 8 years ago and it’s beauty amazes me each year.

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I  planted this Orchid with Red Bars clematis (below) at the same time, but each year it seems to produce less blooms and is not as hardy as the purple clematis.  Yet, I have to admit it has a spectacular flower when it is in bloom.

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