Tangled Branches: Cultivated
happenings in and around my zone 6b gardens in northern Virginia and in central Virginia
Monday, October 31, 2005
Trick or Treat
So I'm sitting here typing this with the windows open on this balmy Halloween afternoon, looking at the green-leaved trees in the backyard, and wondering - what the heck is going on? It's a really nice day for trick-or-treating (no coats over or under the costumes), and I do remember some nice warm Halloweens here, but I don't ever remember the trees still being green on Halloween.
And yesterday I tried and failed to get photos of 2 sulphurous butterflies - one yellow and one orange. Of course the ubiquitous cabbage whites are still around too.
But maybe the birds know something the trees don't, because I saw a group of white-throated sparrows move through the backyard this morning, and a flock of robins starting nibbling on the Ilex verticillata berries.
Happy Halloween or Samhaim or whatever you're celebrating today. As for DH & I, we're going out for pizza.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Well, wouldn't you know, just as soon as I say I haven't seen any juncos or sparrows, they show up. Yesterday morning, I saw dark-eyed juncos, a song sparrow, yellow rumped-warblers, and northern flickers. Today I added white-throated sparrows to the list. And I got a very good look at a blue-headed vireo.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
We Wee Three Kinglets
I had an opportunity yesterday morning to do some backyard birdwatching, and I was rewarded by excellent looks at both kinglets. There were at least 3 ruby-crowned and 1 golden-crowned. I've never seen so many at one time before, and haven't seen a golden-crowned for several years. Seems the golden-crowned are relatively abundant this year compared to last year. I'm supposed to know better than to anthropomorphize, but the kinglets are just so darned cute and happy-looking busily flitting from branch to branch.
And I saw my first brown creeper of the season, and a possible blue-headed vireo. Didn't get a good look at the suspected vireo, but I thought I saw the white eye-ring.
Still no juncos or sparrows, but I'll keep watching when I can.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Late Bloomers and Fall Color
I took advantage of the very nice weather last Thursday to snap a few pictures of some late blooming flowers and fall color. The leaves seem to be slow to turn this year; most of the trees and shrubs in the woods in back of the house are still green.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
The garden was rained on all week, and looked after itself. Me, I'm really entangled in remodeling issues. If anybody has any helpful suggestions on selecting kitchen cabinets, I'd love to hear them.
But back to gardening. I noticed the Zephyranthes candida blooming again this morning. Isn't this kind of late, or do they keep going until frost, or are they confused by the 6-week drought followed by a 2-day deluge followed by several days of drizzle? They're new to me so every time they bloom it's a surprise.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Arrrrrrgh! Was just getting ready to post pictures from our trip to Charleston, but our cable internet connection stopped working yesterday. I'm writing this via dial-up (there's one reason for keeping an AOL account), but I really don't think I'll be uploading any pictures that way. So.....no telling when service will be restored..... the cable company's track record isn't very good.