Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Blooms and Growing in the Yard - Plus A Welcomed Guest

I think we all look forward to Spring. It is always exciting to see growth in the gardens and flower beds. For me, it is a thrill when the azaleas bloom. Take a look:


We went to Disney and Seaworld for spring break with our grandsons and I was concerned that I would miss the azaleas. They were just budding when we left but when we returned, they were gorgeous. 



Also in the front beds, bearded iris are blooming.


We planted several pink and white dogwoods last spring and were happy to see them have blooms this spring.





There is a farm field across the road from our house. The field is full of these yellow blooms. I'm not exactly sure what they are but they make a beautiful picture.


I've been making some new beds around some of the big trees in our front and back yard. A friend have me ten hardy ferns that were just becoming active to plant in the beds. Now all ten are up and growing.



The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are starting to return in our area. I was lucky enough to get a couple pics of these welcomed visitors. 





I certainly have a lot of yard work to do and the constant rain has been slowing my progress.



I am so thankful for Spring. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:


Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Skywatch Friday
Friday Photo Journal 

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon


Friday, April 21, 2017

At the Feeders and In The Trees - Week 10

I had a sweet little chipping sparrow on my deck this week. He is a common yard bird but I was glad to snap a few pics of him. Love the rusty crown.



The chipping sparrow is a small gray brown sparrow with a clear gray chest, rusty crown, white eyebrows with a black eye line and two faint wing bars. The rusty crown make him easy to identify. 



I got a quick shot of a Downy Woodpecker taking off from a branch. I enjoy getting pics of the birds in flight around my feeders. 



The goldfinches are becoming more striking by the day at the feeders.




We saw a couple Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the feeders last Saturday then another this Friday. So happy to see them begin to return. 


It is the smallest bird in the state of Kentucky. 



Thanks for stopping by for another week at the feeders and in the trees - Judy.

Met Monday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rabbits Hop On For An Easter Table and Easy Centerpiece

My rabbits have hopped right up to the table to become the main attraction in an Easter centerpiece.





The rabbit in the center holds azaleas blooms from our yard. 


I love spring flowers and blooming shrubs so when our azaleas bloom, my heart sings a happy song.



Pink and white Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage dinnerware is layered on placemats that I just quilted using Moda fabric.



White chop plates also by Bordallo Pinheiro are used as a base for the pink plates and white bowls.




These Fitz and Floyd rabbits are sitting on a quilted table runner also made from Moda fabric.







I love the 1847 Rogers Daffodil pattern flatware. I try to use it for Easter or other spring tablescapes. 


The flatware is such a treasure to me since it was a gift my Dad gave my Mom years ago. 

You can see the blooming daffodils on the ends of the flatware pieces. 



The pink goblets are Fostoria Heritage. 






The centerpiece was super easy. I started with a cereal bowl for a little height then added a plate on top. Next a small berry wreath that I've had for years was placed on the plate.  The rabbit vase was added in the center of the plate and secured with packing tape for stability. Green Easter grass was used to fill in the space around the rabbit. You might be wondering why I just didn't use a cake stand. I did try one but it was a bit higher than I wanted. 



There you have it, an Easter table for four with an easy Rabbit centerpiece.





Hope you will be enjoying Easter with your family or friends - Judy.

Linking to these fabulous parties:

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays





Sunday, March 19, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 9

The snow in our area didn't last long. A Dark-eyed Junco looked stunning with the snow in the background. Love his pink bill. 



Finch in the Snow . . .



The White-throated Sparrow was in the trees and at the feeders during the snow. It is the first one I have photographed here in Kentucky. They only visit in the winter in our area.




The snow melted pretty quickly.  This cute little male Downy posed for several cute shots. 



A day after the snow was gone, I saw a  bird fly to a branch in the tall hickory trees in our front yard and was pretty sure it was a Northern Mockingbird but needed to zoom in on my pics for a better look. His dark eyeline seems pretty noticeable in the pic below. 




The male Goldfinches are gaining more of their bright yellow color as spring approaches.




There you have it for this week's At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 9.  Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


Joining these great parties:


Met Monday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon



Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Patty's Tablescape - A Leprechaun Is Caught

Have you seen a little bearded guy wearing a green coat and hat? This little guy likes to partake in mischief. I've been looking for a little guy like this and think I have him "under hat." See what you think.




Although he is often making or mending shoes, today he has a special place on my St. Patty's Day table. You can see he is under a bell jar so he won't get away.





For the table, I'm using a St. Patty's Day table runner and napkins that I made for the occasion.


A stack of Bordallo Pinheiro green cabbage plates is perfect for the day. 





A stained glass shamrock made by my friend, Linda, also sits on the table runner. She sell them on her ebay store - Trace Creek Blues and has lots of neat hand-made items in her shop.




There you have it, a fun table for St. Patty's Day. 



I hope the leprechaun will grant me three wishes and then he will be free - Judy

Linking to:


The Scoop  on Tuesday



Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Friday morning








Saturday, March 11, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 8

We received snow last night here in Western Kentucky and the birds are in a feeding frenzy. I've been taking pics of them for a couple of hours.




The birds look so beautiful in the snow, especially the female cardinals.




The male cardinals looks so brilliant in the snow too. 



Goldfinches are in the trees.





Thanks for stopping by for a look at the birds in the snow - Judy.

Linking to:


Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon