Wednesday, April 3, 2024

I'll let you in on a little secret -

 It's Miss Ivy to you - just Miss Ivy .

Come play with me , and I'll let you in on a little secret .
My first name is Poison .
People gasp when they hear it . 
I am so special .

Rickety rock… the last few days the wind has set the hanging bird feeder on a bumpy trip as if it were on the high seas.  So violently high gusts set the hanging cover on a game of chop off their heads if you can.  Rickety rock, rickety rock, RICKETY ROCK!

Okay, the hanging feeder now sits on the stone bench as the cover is gently tucked into the corner of the front porch.  Now the view out my window, as I lounge on my ever so comfortable chair is just air, glorious air…pooh!

I’m a tad disgusted with myself now, as I earlier tried to point out Asian bush honeysuckle for husband to pull out.  I called it quits when suddenly, from a dark and dank corner of my storage of memories, my brain belatedly cried out that what was being ripped from existence might not be what I thought it was. 

My bad.  Dang it... I could kick myself if my knees weren't screwed on frontwards.   

After an hour of research, I proved my memory burnt out and we were pulling exactly what we thought we were pulling, and ought to be pulling.

It’s abundance this year seems like the beginnings of a foreign takeover, so we, an army of two - me supervisor and Vic worker, are uprooting them again as the year before and the year before that and… well, you get the drift.  We only hold them at bay.

The garden is my nemesis as I grow old.  My husband, who is not a gardener, tries to maintain it somewhat or not at all.  He declared last week; he hates it all.  Not news to me, so I let it slide.  We are so ill prepared for aging.

Anyway, back to happy happy.

Finally, I can manage the deck steps to the patio, and I was in the garden taking photographs for part of the day.  Today my leg muscles are sore, and it is a bit more difficult to take that last step back up onto the deck.

My balance sucks on the stone pathways due to my neuropathy problems, so it’s difficult to move in on some of my photographic subjects.  Zoom photos are usually recycle bin material, although sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised.  I seem to be aging rather badly, and reinventing myself is becoming a regular occurrence.

Eastern Shooting Star, Dodecatheon meadia

Virginia Bluebells

Wild Violet, Viola sororia

Little Trillium to the right.

House Finch snacking on 
Rusty Blackhaw Viburnium flower buds

'Silverstream' Darwin Hybrid Tulip
Flower color may be different for each bulb.
One may be red, or rose, or yellow, 
or a marbling or flamed combination of those colors.
After a few years the bulb will build up enough nutrition 
to send up a flower in spring.
Most of these bulbs I wiped out, 
but this red one has held on so I let it be.

Blueberry plant that showed up years ago.

Blackhaw Viburnium

Not sure, maybe a young Firefly or a Soldier Beetle.

Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida 
Three photos showing top, middle and bottom 
of one side of tree.
The flowers have been abundant this year.

Gray Squirrel in bird feeder

I'm out of here!

Wildflower or weed flower.

Uvularia grandiflora, the large-flowered bellwort or merrybells

Eastern Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis

Eking out a living in the cracks.

It’s one of those days, when the overcast clouds seem to blend in so smoothly with each other, one would swear only one gigantic cloud is filling the sky overhead.  Tomorrow comes with the promise of thundering weather, just in time to beat the viburnum flower petals off their pedestals into the muddy muck below.  Nature’s sometimes a tease that way.

I’m on my deck where the melody of tires over asphalt competes with the song of birds in the trees.  It’s an exquisite day today, this first day of April, although you’ll probably be reading this on the third or fourth.  Listening to birds calling each other like echoes over the garden fence is so relaxing.  I could sit here forever.

The five bird baths sequestered for the winter, have been uncovered and filled with precious water.  Immediately, robins and cardinals are christening the baths with wings flapping and droplets flying.  A hawk has been spotted soaring overhead, perhaps looking for easy pickings.

The light of day has dimmed a bit as the sun lowers towards the horizon, signaling that soon the night creatures will begin to emerge to claim the garden their own.  As soon as a roach appears, I’m out of here.

Breezes are shifting into gusts of wind, and the wind chime’s melody shifts into a louder mode that is a delight for these ears.  The air is cooling and I’m venturing to the backside of the garden where the bright red with yellow ruffles of honeysuckle flowers have been spotted.  It's a lovely native thug in the emerging garden.

Never let it be said that May reached your doorstep 
before April was even half over .  
Enjoy this month .  
She has much to give .  
Thank you for stopping by . 
Staying in touch means the world to me .  
Happy April !


  1. The garden is always beautiful through your lens

  2. Happy April Yvonne! I could be allergic to poison ivy, I try to keep my distance.
    I enjoyed seeing all your lovely flowers, so many pretty blooms. The Dogwood blossoms are a favorite. Cute capture of the House Finch! Take care, enjoy your day!

  3. I think that the general reaction to gardens and advancing years was adequately stated by my wife a few years ago when she said, “The garden is wonderful, the gardening not so much.” Doubtless not an original sentiment, and expressed by many - yet nevertheless true!

  4. If only gardens were self-maintaining! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us again.

  5. ...I'm still looking forward o my garden coming to life. Thanks for sharing yous.

  6. I have done some gardening, but we've snow today! It is a mess. Your flowers are lovely.

  7. Your garden looks so beautiful! I love to see your flowers. You have spring already. The squirrels are so cute. They looks different than "my quirrels", but they are very sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Love the detailed flower photos and the honesty about the honeysuckle battle.

  9. you got some lovely spring flowers. You are ahead of our spring :)

  10. Hello, Yvonne
    I wanted to stop back and say thank you for linking up and sharing your post.
    I enjoy seeing all your lovely flowers. I would love to have some of the Bluebells in my yard. Cute finch and squirrel photos. Take care, happy Sunday, have a great new week! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

  11. Hello Yvonne :=)
    It is such a pleasure to see your Spring garden flowers. I'm in much the same situation as you. My garden has become too much for me to look after so it has to look after itself and the survival of the fittest remain, just hardy plants that need little attention whilst others waste away, but wild plants fill their place like your Blueberry plant and they are very pretty. I love your Dogwood flowers, Eastern Columbine and wild violets, but every flower is so precious.
    It's nice to see some wild life too, the squirrel, beetle, and House Finch. Thank you Yvonne for sharing your thoughts and your photos.
    All the best

  12. Wonderful series of nature photos and your writings are so magical and divine ~
    You keep great company with the critters too ~ the feisty squirrel and lovely house finch and little beetle ~ thanks so much ~ enjoy ~ hugs,

    Wishing you good health, laugther and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. You have a beautiful garden with lots of flowers, I love it.
    We only have a balcony and we will fill it with geraniums later this month.
    Greetings Irma

  14. You have an eye for nature's beauty that others might miss. :)

  15. Beautiful flowers, so close. And Squirrel and creepy crawly, superb Yvonne.

  16. Hello, Yvonne. Your garden is so lovely with various different flowers. Squirrel, beetle and bird spice up the garden. Thank you for your visit.

  17. I love your garden just brimming over with all sorts of plant and animal life!! Take care of yourself!!

  18. That dogwood is a stunner. And despite what you say about your aging, and despite the fact that the photos are more difficult now, it hasn't changed your lovely composition or perfect subjects. It's all lovely.

  19. Beautiful photos. I like squirrels. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a nice evening. Greetings Caroline

  20. Beautiful collection of pictures

  21. Hi Yvonne,

    It sounds like you've had quite the adventurous few days with nature playing both friend and foe in your garden. The image of the wind whipping the bird feeder into a frenzy paints a vivid picture! It's refreshing to hear about your dedication to managing the Asian bush honeysuckle, even amidst the initial confusion. Gardening, indeed, becomes a more formidable task as we age, but your efforts to maintain and enjoy it despite the challenges are truly inspiring.

    The serene moments you describe on your deck, listening to the birds and watching the wildlife interact with your garden's features, are a beautiful reminder of the simple pleasures life offers. It’s lovely how nature provides a backdrop for reflection and a canvas for your photography, even if some shots don’t turn out as hoped.

    Keep embracing those moments of beauty and tranquility, and may your garden continue to be a source of joy and discovery, even on the windy days that send bird feeders swinging. Thank you for sharing these snippets of life and nature—it's a gentle reminder of the ever-present beauty around us, even amidst our everyday struggles.

    A wonderful weekend to you!


  22. Oh what beautiful spring blooms you have, and that squirrel is pretty cute too!

  23. Lovely spring flowers! I had poison ivy really bad as a kid, and I have never forgotten it.

  24. Your spring blooms are absolutely gorgeous 🌸, and that squirrel is pretty cute too! 🐿️

    Hugs and blessings, Yvonne!


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