Planting, Niches, Chasing Cardinals, Checking for Spring

By: WeatherWise , 5:14 AM GMT on February 28, 2014

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Okay, BriarCraft has inspired me again. After checking out her blog, I rememberd I had two of those Buzzy herb plant kits. One was Basil and the other Parsley. Though I thought they were just alike turns out they were not. The basil had a soil pod that you drop into 3/4 cup of lukewarm water and the planter was a metal container. The parsley had a bag of loose soil medium of some sort and a clear plastic insert that stays inside the carton container. Go figure. I had pulled them out. When I came back to my blog this evening, there was a reminder from BriarCraft to plant them. So, okay, I planted them and took a photo to share. Oh, and I forgot to say that the Basil kit had a neat little chalkboard like label attached to a clothespin. Of course I did not have any chalk handy to write with.




Niche Gardens sent me a Spring Season Newsletter by email today. They also mentioned their Facebook page. If you remember I featured them in one of my blogs and shared some photos I took while there and ooohed and ahhed on and on about their catalog cover and the artist, etc. If you go to their FB page you can see those catalog covers I was talking about. Just Beautiful! I am ready for another roadtrip back to Niche Gardens first chance I get.

As you all know I have been going crazy with the cardinals and anything else that moves lately. I just can't stop myself - Just keep on shooting JUST ONE MORE SHOT because they never leave. I am one that I don't stop or go until the bird leaves.





Today, after seeing Pros's photo of her neighbor's beautiful flowers, I was determine to go out and find spring on my afternoon walk. I even did the hilly walk as figured might not find too many flowers along my flat woodsy walk. It was not easy as seems mostly everyone has shrub type flowers right now. Spring flowers just are not here yet. I found the startings of buttercups like the greenery but no buds as yet.



Later on my walk, I found some type of buds looking like they are right ready to pop open. I didn't get the really nice ones as the owner came over and stood right where she shadowed that bunch. She said that whatever it was had purple blooms. That means now I am going to have to do that hilly walk everyday to check to see if they are in bloom.



So I am afraid it is still very much winter here. Actually, I see more signs of spring in that cardinal tree!



Feel free to share signs of spring that you are finding. Calpoppy, wish I could send some cardinals your way but will keep posting my cardinal photos for you.

Looks like a rainy day for Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans
There are several cams from there.

Live Bourbon Street Cam from Arnaud's

Mardi Gras Cam from looks like Tropical Isle - looks like a still photo that is not upgrading unless you hit refresh.

New Orleans Cam this one is live with sounds even.

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53. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:17 AM GMT on March 11, 2014
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52. WeatherWise
11:01 PM GMT on March 10, 2014
Hi Sandi! Yes, Spring day here of at least 72 if not higher. Spring is almost here per calendar and today's weather shouted S - P - R - I - N - G - !

Hi Briarcraft, Yes, we had snow again followed by 60s and 70s temps.

The feeder is made of cedar and plexiglass I am thinking. It does look like it has a metal rod down the the center in the photo but I don't think it does. Think that is a very thick twine of some sort. You fill it from the top.

Guess what? My parsley peeked through the soil today.
The basil had broken through perhaps last Friday, the 7th of March. I only planted them on the evening of March 27th. I love watching plants grow. Just be sure to remind me to thin them out in a few days. I am the world's worst for not being able to make myself pull some of them up. So BE my conscience!
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51. BriarCraft
9:25 PM GMT on March 10, 2014
Good grief! Snow?! I come by to see more bird photos, which of course I did, but then I find more snow photos as well.

I like your "First Feeder". Simple, practical design that keeps the seed dry and keeps bird squabbles to a minimum. How do you refill it? Is the other side of the roof hinged? And is it hanging from a rod that goes all the way through the bottom? I guess you know I'm asking because I like to build feeders and nesting boxes and I'm always on the look-out for nifty designs.
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50. sandiquiz
3:05 PM GMT on March 10, 2014
I have to agree with Barbara, yesterday nature was in full swing in Europe. I saw my first bees, three kinds of butterflies and the birds are all doing what birds do in spring!! lol

Although today it is back to winter again!!

Hope it is warming up for you.
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49. WeatherWise
12:17 AM GMT on March 10, 2014
Hi Barb! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this lovely photo! Oh, I just love this photo! WOW! What a lovely place to visit and watch nature! Great photo!
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48. barbamz
10:18 PM GMT on March 09, 2014


Hi, weatherwise! I've spent this weekend with very bright weather in our rural weekend estate and took this photo while sunset. A lot of accomodations in the woods are waiting for new residents as this one (those birdhouses are provided by a local association). Nature is in full swing in Germany!
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47. WeatherWise
5:13 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
Hi Bug! Oh, you are talking about POLLEN - my brain wasn't getting your drift at first!

Don't you think it amazing that a hummingbird took up that quickly and built nest in the exact same spot? Is that for real or a manmade nest hoping to attract hummer? It just seems so unbelievable - what are the chances of that ever happening? But yet the new nest is there and saw where someone said saw it putting the finishing touches on.

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46. palmettobug53
2:58 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
Gosh, didn't realize it had been a while since I stopped by.

I guess I heard someone mention the dreaded 'P' word. The Green Blizzard has started here.

YAY! Ana and Pavan have been released and we have a new Phoebe and a new nest!
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45. WeatherWise
5:57 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
I had a new blog entry all ready to publish and somehow accidentally closed the window! It is late and can't redo it all right now. Later! Happy Daylight Savings time! Hope I can get up in time to go to church!


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44. WeatherWise
4:46 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
Thank you, LittleBlueFlippers! I always keep my ears open for a bird when I go for a walk! Yes, my ears! I usually hear the bird before I see it. After I hear it I follow the sound and try to spot the bird. Sometimes the bird is so small that I am not really sure what it is when I first start taking its photo. I am always in hopes it is a bluebird but really don't know at first as they are so tiny. I usually start taking the shots before I am really close enough to get a great shot! That way the bird gets use to me being there from a safe distance - then I inch a little closer and a little closer until I can get the shot I want. Sometimes they fly just as I am set for that perfect shot!



In the Camelia BushPretty OneMr. CardinalThe Lady Cardinal
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43. LittleBlueFlippers
7:13 PM GMT on March 08, 2014
Thank you for posting on my Blog. I enjoy your bird photos. I haven't tried birds yet (other than a few geese shots).

thank you for sharing them.
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42. WeatherWise
11:02 PM GMT on March 07, 2014

Hi DataPilot, That is so true. Our weather has been so strange. It will be 60 degrees F one day and the next day snowing. This is our second time this week. It was in the 70s on Sunday and snowed on Monday. At least it was really really cold on Wednesday and Thursday before the Thursday night on into this morning snow. I enjoy feeding the birds. I never ever thought of feeding birds as I was grew up on a farm and there was plenty of natural food. One year a friend gave me a feeder and birdfood and I fed the birds in the winter and put the feeder away for the summer. I did that for several years before I really got hooked. Wasn't long before I was feeding year round.


Quoting 40. DataPilot:
Holy moly, winter just doesn't want to go away, does it? The local wildlife is lucky that they have you providing them with food during this awful weather. In return, you get some lovely photos.



My First Feeder



Hi Sandi! The squirrel did not realize he was doing anyone a favor. He was squirreling away the food as fast as he worked as usual. Sometimes, I just have to chase the squirrels off so the birds can get a bit of food. Often I look out and all feeders have squirrels on them.

I hope it is the end of the snow, too. It is just so weird, I think, how the weather shifts from a high to a low and then right back to a high. We have snow and are to be in the 20s tonight but guess what the high for Saturday is to be? Temp is to rise to 60 degrees F tomorrow. Nothing gradual just boom even with all the snow.

Spring is coming soon anyway. Guess what? Remember at the beginning of this blog, I planted basil and parsley. The basil is barely peaking out little green specks. I planted them on Thursday night, the 27th of March - so just about a week ago. I was beginning to worry that perhaps I should have covered them with plastic or perhaps I had not watered enough. Just discovered the green specks as I watered this afternoon. I got a really neat watering contraption from Lowes called a Sprayman that you can either pour the water out or you can mist the plants.

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41. sandiquiz
8:52 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
I was sure I came to leave a comment this morning, but then I remembered I got side tracked, going off to your photo in the gallery, and never came back.

I love how the squirrel clears the snow for the birds... that's what I call companion friendship! Hope that is the end of the snow and it warms up soon!
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40. DataPilot
8:50 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
Holy moly, winter just doesn't want to go away, does it? The local wildlife is lucky that they have you providing them with food during this awful weather. In return, you get some lovely photos.
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39. WeatherWise
8:45 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
Today's Red-Bellied Woodpecker Visit

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38. WeatherWise
4:29 PM GMT on March 07, 2014


Feeder was completely snowed over
but new my #1 feeder cleaner would
be along soon to clear it off!





The bluejay patiently waits above the
feeder as the squirrel is clearing
away the snow on the feeder.

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37. WeatherWise
2:27 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
Headed out to try to melt a
bit of snow off the bird bath.

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36. WeatherWise
12:35 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
We got quite a bit of snow overnight here.
We hare having some freezing rain now.

Snow Again!   Snowy Red-Bellied Woodpecker  Bliss Patience  On Duty
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35. WeatherWise
12:00 AM GMT on March 07, 2014
It is snowing and already sticking here!
Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon EST Friday
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34. WeatherWise
10:41 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Amazing - Looks like a new hummingbird nest on the rose bush cam!

Hummingbird Nest Cam
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33. WeatherWise
9:37 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
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32. WeatherWise
9:35 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Hi GardenGrrl! Thanks for stopping by. It is very cold today - the wind is too cold for me to walk in the neighborhood. I ran several errands and was cold from car to buildings.

I do like to sketch. The tablet and PRO program sounds neat. I had one of those pioneer tablets perhaps by Cross. You attached a regular pad to the tablet and I think the pen is what did the special work. You could write and sketch on it and then attach it to the computer and all of your work was uploaded. Was pretty amazing in those days. I ran across it recently - not sure if I threw it away or decided to keep it for my digital museum and tucked it away.

I will think on the tablet - I actually love pencil and paper and then scanning it but am always open to new technology. Thanks for the info.

Photo by WeatherWise: My Visitor (Danville, VA)
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31. GardenGrrl
4:34 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
HI, we are overcast but warming today. Going to wait until tomorrow to get out in the yard.

Hey if you like drawing you might like to get a graphics tablet and a program called Sketch Book Pro6.

Really fun to play with. It does take a lot of practice to draw on a tablet and watch it happen on the screen though.
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30. WeatherWise
3:29 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Thanks, Skye! Some days I get lots of bird shots and some days hardly any. I usually share my best shots - sometimes good and sometimes not so great. So what did you do with that pumpkin plant - trim it back or pull it up?

Nice cormorant shot, Sandi! I checked out your Flickr photo page - really neat - not sure I understand the format completely but like the comment section for each photo and also that it tells you who added your photo to their favorites. Thanks for sharing.

Well, here we go again - back on the weather roller coaster again:






Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon EST
Friday...

cloudy

Rest of Today
Mostly cloudy. Highs around 40. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up
to 25 mph.
» ZIP
Code Detail


nt_chancesnow

Tonight
Cloudy. A chance of snow and sleet in the evening... then sleet likely with
freezing rain with rain likely after midnight. Little or no snow and sleet
accumulation. Ice accumulation around a trace. Lows in the upper 20s. Northeast
winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.



rain

Friday
Rain and freezing rain in the morning...then rain in the afternoon. Ice
accumulation around a trace. Highs in the lower 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph
with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
» ZIP
Code Detail


nt_cloudy

Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain in the evening...then partly
cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of rain 20 percent.
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29. sandiquiz
11:26 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
I meant to say something about the cormorant photos. They always 'hang out their wings to dry'....
I caught one in a similar position!

Amazing what a little sun will do!!

I do not make the collages in Flickr, but in PicMonkey. I just use Flickr as a photos storage and display facility. It is very similar to WU photos, but without the galleries. Each photographer posts their own, and then displays them in groups... like my Birds and Wildlife UK group, which now has over 11,000 members.

Have a look at the front page to see what I mean if you like.
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28. Skyepony (Mod)
4:22 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
It's like beautiful exotic aviary in here:)

Pulled off a planting frenzy today. Spotted a pumpkin plant planning on taking over.
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27. WeatherWise
4:13 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
By the time I got to the cardinal tree the late afternoon sun was shining brightly.



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26. WeatherWise
4:08 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
Thanks Briarcraft! I have been hearing about your rains. OUr temps had a hard time rising to the predicted highs of 51 because of heavy clouds. I finally just put on heady coat and walked at 44 degrees. The sun came out a bit brighter as I was on my walk. I got a few photos as I was walking.




Hanging with the CardinalsSunshine and Shadow

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25. BriarCraft
12:46 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
It's March -- meteorological spring has begun. It is not supposed to snow at this time of year!

We've been getting drenched today, so bad that I'm going to have to use an umbrella to feed the birds. I've been waiting all afternoon for a break in the rain, but it's getting late and I still haven't replenished the feeders. Better go and do that right now. No more excuses.

I hope it warms up for you soon!!!
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24. WeatherWise
7:24 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Looks like a rainy day for Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans
There are several cams from there.

Live Bourbon Street Cam from Arnaud's

Mardi Gras Cam from looks like Tropical Isle - looks like a still photo that is not upgrading unless you hit refresh.

New Orleans Cam this one is live with sounds even.
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23. WeatherWise
1:56 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Snow covered and COLD weather for my area!


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22. WeatherWise
1:48 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Thank you Sandi! Yes big dip in temps - 17 this am at 8:30 am this morning and was quite cold over night with a light covering of snow.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful birds. I am impressed with your collage from Flickr. I have not ever tried Flickr. Great job.

An inside day for me most likely depending on how quickly the temps rise and the winds die down. It is only to get to 29 F by noon and perhaps 38 F by 3pm according to the NWS Hourly Forecast for Tuesday. My WMU meeting was canceled for today. My son was to speak on his family's recent almost month long mission trip to Costa Rico . We were all looking forward to him coming to speak for us. However with the weather closing schools and even the local university - Averett University and the community college - Danville Community College, we definitely had to cancel. I think my son was disappointed as well but has rescheduled for next month.

So inside day mostly except need to go out and take water. Saw where perhaps the squirrels dug a hole in the snow-topped bird bath hoping to find water. Of course, all is frozen. If the temp surprises me and rises above 40 I will make a quick walk down the street and back later today.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! Glad your temps are warm and hope this front doesn't roll over your way across the ocean!
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21. sandiquiz
12:02 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Hi there, your temperatures really did take a dive, didn't they! I don't think we have ever had such a violent swing. Today is probably the warmest day since last November. The sun is shining, and out of the wind it is warm!

Your thrush is very similar to ours, about the same size, too, unlike the robin, ours being a third the size of yours.

We have two resident thrush birds, a song thrush and a mistle thrush. Both sing beautifully and the only difference is the splodges on their chest. The song thrush has upside-down hearts, whereas the mistle has splodges! We then get two other thrushes who fly in from the continent during the spring - the fieldfare and the redwing.

I made this collage to show someone on Flickr the differences, so I hope you don't mind me posting it here:)




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20. WeatherWise
2:06 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
My find on the Riverwalk Trail - The Cormorants has returned to the river. Evidently, they migrate for the winter.


What a difference a day makes! In the 70's yesterday and snowy and was in the 50's and 60's at bedtime last night. Then today temp dropped gradually all day and is in 20's with a promise of 12 degrees tonight with windchills as low as zero. The first photo is from the Riverwalk in spring temps of 70 and the others are from today's cold temps and snow.

The first photo below is from the Riverwalk in spring temps of 70 and the others are from today's cold temps and snow.

Dueling DucksSnowy Red CardinalWhite and STILL Snowing!Snowy Lady
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19. WeatherWise
1:11 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
Thanks BriarCraft! Wow! That is exciting - never seen one with quite that coloring. We have a brown thrush or thrasher in our area. He is large about 10 inches or so and has a bright yellow eye. He migrates or leaves the area in the winter but shows by up in late spring. I mostly see them on the ground but once in awhile he does come on the feeder.

This is a photo from 2008 from my yard.




This is a photo from 2010 on the feeder.

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18. BriarCraft
10:45 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
That is an excellent series on the robin family in the gutter. Nice of them to nest in such a convenient place!

I saw my first ever Varied Thrush this morning! It's always exciting to me when I see someone new come visit.
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17. WeatherWise
1:47 AM GMT on March 03, 2014
Thanks, Skye! Love the white rabbits!

Yes, Calpoppy! It was amazing to have temps in the 70s today but we have a winter storm warning for tomorrow - go figure! Quite a huge change - so the roller coaster continues.

Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7 am to 7 PM EST Monday



nt_rain

Tonight
Cloudy. Rain likely...mainly after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest
winds around 10 mph...becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of rain 70
percent.


snow

Monday
Rain...sleet and snow in the morning...then snow in the afternoon. Snow and
sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Much cooler with highs in the upper 30s.
Temperature falling into the mid 20s in the afternoon. Northeast winds 15 to 20
mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
 

nt_chancesnow

Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow in the evening...then partly cloudy
after midnight. Little or no additional snow accumulation. Much colder with lows
around 13. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent. Wind chill
values as low as 7 above.


partlycloudy

Tuesday
Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s. Northeast winds around 10 mph in the
morning...becoming light and variable. Wind chill values as low as 4 above in
the morning.
 

nt_partlycloudy

Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Cold with lows
around 19. Light and variable winds.


partlycloudy

Wednesday
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.
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16. calpoppy
9:12 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Wow, you are at 71 degrees!! Spring has arrived for you. You are beating my temp by quite a lot!!

I love seeing the fledglings! We get the occasional robin here, they are mostly up in the mountains right to the south of us, that is where they nest. But when they do come they stay awhile!
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15. Skyepony (Mod)
6:33 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

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14. WeatherWise
5:01 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Oh, Thanks, Pros! I was hoping you would drop by with that pretty card that I caught a glimse of as you were dropping them off on some of my other favorite blogs. SO beautiful those little spring flowers. I am hoping that is what will open from those little buds I posted from my hilly walk one day this week! The owner said purple flowers came from them so maybe it is the same.



But I don't think the greenery is the same as yours.
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13. WeatherWise
2:45 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Thanks for checking out my sketches Pros. Thanks BriarCraft for your great predictions on the little cardinal photo. Sandi, I accept your white rabbits with pleasure and hope them great spring weather to hop around in. Briar I found one of my robin on nest photos to post on blog. This one is on my neighbor's gutter which I have a great view of.



Another photo of the mom on the nest on neighbor's gutter.



Here's a photo of them on my gutter: They make a bit of a mess.



Just one more photo from my gutter of the babies fledging.

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12. Proserpina
2:42 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
 photo 20140226_0244March_zps5700a85a.jpg

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.
-Sarah Coleridge

HAPPY MONTH OF MARCH WW
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11. sandiquiz
7:14 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS
A very happy month of March, full of walks, photos and sketches!! :-)
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10. BriarCraft
6:40 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
My little Birds and Buds lady cardinal made AC this am! Quite Exciting!

Do I pick 'em, or what? I said that was my favorite of the series before it had a blue border. The sparrow is precious, but Lady Cardinal IS spring.
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9. Proserpina
2:04 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
What fun! There is no right or wrong in art when it comes to color. One paints what one 'sees' and if you see blue for a red Cardinal, blue it is! It is your drawing/painting and you are the artist, you have the say so! Enjoyed looking at your colorful sketches. Keep drawing, sketching, painting.
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8. WeatherWise
10:01 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Hi Calpoppy! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I only have the basil and parsley by the window when the sun is brightly shining in. Otherwise, it will stay on the table. This is a fairly warm spot as a heat vent is right below. I have been hearing about the rains out there. I know you need it but hope you have no flooding problems.

It has been cold here all day and the wind chill has made it feel much colder. Too cold for a walk, today so I tried sketching my wood duck!




This was my first try at even sketching a wood duck so I need much practice to really get the hang of it. I could not find any instructions on how to draw a wood duck. What I did was just look at my photo and tried to sketch what I saw. Getting the colors is a right or wrong call also as it really depends on how the light shines on it as to what the colors are. Plus some colors I just can't replicate as I don't have them. I had to be careful not to just make him black all over as it is really dark almost black all over if the sun is not shining on him. Here is my first try.






I am working on this one next:




Fun sketch of the above wood duck:

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7. calpoppy
6:58 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
We are a rainy, stormy California today! Waiting for a break in the rain to take the pups to the creek to see if it is finally running! One pup doesn't mind the rain one can't stand it. :)

Watch your temp by the window for your basil, it doesn't like it under 40 degrees. Parsley likes cooler temps.

The wind was so strong this morning the hummers had a hard time flying! They also had a hard time getting in sync with the swinging feeder!!
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6. WeatherWise
4:30 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Hi GardenGrrl! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I love the digital world of photography! My little Birds and Buds lady cardinal made AC this am! Quite Exciting!

Found a sunny window for my starter pots of basil and parsley this am. My windowsills are too narrow to hold this size pot especially since it has loose soil in it. However, I propped a serving tray on window sill with the other end on a table which is also a sunny spot. I thought against the window was better. Plus is quite warm there as a heat vent is right below.



Happy SUNNY but COLD Friday from VA!
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5. GardenGrrl
3:22 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Lol taking a bunch of shots. When I first got a digital camera I was still in "film" mode and would only take a few pictures. Now it is not uncommon to come back with 200 shots to go through after a long walk. Sure helps me remember where I have been.
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4. WeatherWise
1:50 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Hi SKYE, Ooooh! Thanks for reminding me of the yellow/green stuff to come! I had forgotten all about that in my search for spring! Was just looking for some beauty of flowers peeking up and some warmth! You are right - We will soon be seeking relief from the pollen and the heat.

Thanks, BriarCraft, for the great encouragement and inspiration to get planting and to be out and about getting photos on my daily walks.

It is a nice sunny morn here in VA but is COLD! A cold 25 but windchill of 20 at 8:30am with a promise of 43. Hope it makes it up that high - I can handle walking at 43 if not windy. Happy Friday, Everyone!
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3. Skyepony (Mod)
1:31 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Meant to comment on your herb boxes too.. Nice to have some all inclusive gardening options out there for the window gardener.

I've been amazed by the size & yield people are getting out of soil-less growing medium too. I've seen 5 ft tomato plants with heavy yields out of not even 3" round soil-less root balls.
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