Monday, March 9, 2015

Pinching Myself

I'm sure I sound like a broken record but the weather continues to be very garden-friendly. Rain is expected later this week which will be perfect considering the ground is getting kind of dry. 

The Skimmia japonica flowers are so fragrant. 

Ditto the Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star') 

The thermometer tells the story. 

In the past few years pigeons have taken over the skies.
Now it looks like they're getting even more comfortable.
Thank you to Kate for identifying these guys as Eurasian Collared Dove

Skeltonized leaves from the aforementioned Magnolia.  

Pretty cool, huh? 
My corner project is coming together nicely. Stay tuned. I'll be posting befores and afters soon.

I hope you're able to get out and at least walk in the garden. Spring is coming!

16 comments:

Kit Aerie-el said...

So happy for you that Spring is in the air! I have to say that the Star Magnolia flowers photo is absolutely gorgeous. The skeletonized leaves are beautiful too. I save any I find. Some day I must figure out a better way to display them than just on my shelf/desk/counter.
Will look forward to seeing the before and after pictures!

Susie@life-change-compost.com said...

I'm pinching myself too Grace—it's pretty amazing. I hope we don't pay for it later, I'm really looking forward to the rain coming later this week. Those photographs of the "lace" leaf are beautiful. Endless discovery in nature. I'm doing a lot of feeding and applying mulch these days. The dryness has shown me areas of roots that are too high and need some tlc.

Hannah said...

Your temperatures are incredible! It's amazing how early spring is this year. The colors showing through the filagree leaf skeleton are very artistic.

Kim and Victoria said...

It's been really warm here also. Crazy! I planted some seeds indoors today. :-)

Kris Peterson said...

I love that skeletonized leaf. It looks as though spring may pass us by - it feels more like early summer here, with temperatures in the low 80s. Way too warm for March and too little rain by far.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Glad to see spring happening in your gardens. Love those magnolia leaves and the star magnolia blooms.

Looking forward to seeing your corner project.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

kate said...

I believe that your "pigeon" is actually this fellow: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eurasian-collared-dove

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Can't wait to see your project....lovely blooms and glad someone has good weather.

rickii said...

I think we live as close to heaven as a gardener can get...and your halo proves it.

Christine CRIS said...

Hello Grace
Vivement la suite ;-) j'ai hate de découvrir vos travaux
@ bientôt
Christine

PlantPostings said...

Oh joy! The Star Magnolias are blooming for you! I'm thinking they will be blooming in my neighborhood soon after I get home from Florida. I know it will be cold when I get home, but I hope I won't miss any of the spring blooms. Your garden looks stunning! The Skimmias are so pretty.

Anna K said...

Oh, those leaves are so beautiful! Fingers crossed for lots of rain tomorrow!

Jennifer Dennis said...

You know it's getting too dry when we Oregonians exclaim worry! I'm happy for the rain falling this morning, all those fresh little buds need the moisture and frankly..I am unwilling to 'water' in March! Can't wait to see your new garden project posts :)

Mindy said...

I just can't get over the weather. I was having to water pots, it was so dry. It's AMAZING and I am in full on, obsessive gardener, mode. :)

outlawgardener said...

I laughed at myself when the rain started and I was happy about it. In MARCH - happy for rain? Crazy! What a great early spring. Your star magnolia is gorgeous and the skeletonized leaf is fascinating. I'm also looking for a better way to display them.

Casa Mariposa said...

Our snirt (snow + dirt) has finally melted and we hit 70! Yippee! I love that party streamer magnolia. Whatever you've done to your corner will be fabulous. :o)