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New Year’s Eve at Starrywood

Hello from Starrywood! It’s New Year’s Eve, and we’ve got crazy warm weather.

It’s my first blog post from Harrisonburg, Virginia, so here’s today’s beauty from our new home.


I’m continuing with the spring theme today. I saw daffodils open for the first time this year.

April 3, 2014

This week around the camp… 29 January 2013

The weather roller coaster of January 2013 continues. Last week we had single digit (°F) temperatures. Today and tomorrow, we’re topping out over 60 °F. And then it gets colder again.

Forecast - 29 January 2013Although Jacob’s Creek had nearly iced over, it is now flowing vigorously with the snow melt and yesterday’s rain.

Jacob's Creek with snow meltAnd with the warmer temperatures come some adventuresome plants:

I’m not sure about all of these, but I think we have Helleborus (Lenten Rose), Galanthus (Snowdrop), and Narcissus (Daffodil).

Finally, I had meant to mention the tulip poplars two weeks ago. I was writing about trees with easily identifiable winter features – like the retention of dead leaves. Tulip poplars are also quickly spotted right now. (Well – they’re actually pretty obvious year-round because of their tall, straight shape.) But right now they’re topped off with seeds that look like dried flowers.

Tulip poplar seedsI couldn’t get a close-up, so here’s a lovely picture from Wikipedia:

Tulip poplar seeds

(Photo by Didier Descouens)

That’s this week’s update. Snow melting, mud puddles forming, green plants pushing through the dead leaves… It feels like it’s nearly Lent.

This week in the garden… 4 May 2011

We left for a weekend and the weather turned warm. Guess what happens next…

I have to mow.

But I also get to enjoy the gardens. Here’s what we have this week.

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This week in the garden… 10 April 2010

Today we’re celebrating Middle Daughter’s birthday (a little early).  It was a beautiful day for a celebration, and I got outside to snap a few pictures of the new growth in the front flower bed.

Signs of spring

Because it was such a lovely day in the Chicago ‘burbs, I needed to take at least one breath of fresh air at lunchtime.  When I stepped outside, this is what I heard:

Hooray for the spring peepers!

(BTW – I recorded them just a few feet from the front door!)

And for good measure, here are some additional pictures from our garden  at home (taken this morning):

(L to R: blooming maple; the whole flower bed is turning green; hyacinths making an appearance; crocus; daffodils)

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