A Mix of Things I Saw in Our Yard Last Week

Our brand new red bud tree is beginning to bud.

We planted this in memory of Cerwin’s mother.

Our dogwood trees were beginning to display their flowers.

Our red maple was pretty in the evening sun as leaves were opening.

The Eastern Bluebirds were back.

The tulips are on their last days.

It had no idea that eating the bird’s sunflower seeds was frustrating to me.

Does anybody want to start a new scurry of squirrels in their yard?

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Yes, I am still delighting in springtime.

The Colors of Springtime in Our Yard

Sunday, April 2

This female downy just sat and watched as I took her photo from our car.

I think she is enjoying the warmer weather.

Inge, this is one of your daffodils – at the gravesite of your feline friends Timothy and Barnabas.

Daffodils in our memory garden – from my dad.

I brought three inside – which changed the lighting on the photos.

I am enjoying the signs of spring.

Tulips & Chocolates

Tuesday, February 7

Day 4 of my birthday celebration 🙂

Tulips and chocolates from Cerwin – for my birthday and valentines day.

Each piece of candy was fabulous, but the piece on the bottom left was the best.

The tulips were a bit “wimpy” when they arrived and the buds very tight.

Look at the difference half an hour later.

A few days later they were open and still beautiful.

That evening as we drove to Stewardship Advisors Winter Seminar at Spooky Nook Sports, I noticed the beautiful sky.

Sometimes I think the Sky Artist has fun creating masterpieces for us to enjoy.

Hershey Gardens ~ Orchid Show Part 2

Saturday, February 4

A section of orchids.

There were white orchids…

…black ones – and many colors in between.

Butterflies and orchids – a beautiful respite in the middle of winter.

The butterfly house and orchid display – on top of the hill – were quite busy while Hershey Park rides below us were silent on this mid-winter day.

Hershey Gardens ~ Orchid Show Part 1

Saturday, February 4

The ceiling in the entrance area

The 2017 Orchid Show was in the Horticultural Wing – from February 3-5.

The show is hosted by Susquehanna Orchid Society where the orchids are brought in to Hershey Gardens for the three day show.

The advertisement said, “See 1,000 orchids.”

The building was full of people who walked slowly through the many displays, so while we waited for the line to move Cerwin and I took advantage of the opportunity to be an orchid for the day. 🙂

I didn’t take a picture of each orchid, but will give you a sampling this morning, and post the rest of them later today.

There was every color imaginable.

Some photos are better than others because of the lighting from all the windows.

Some were in full sun, while others were shaded.

It was a delightful place full of colors and scents.

Roses ~ Lunch ~ Travel Home – Longwood Gardens

The Rose Garden

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longwood-17Inge and I enjoyed a delicious lunch in Longwood Café.

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longwood-19My lunch: Chili con carne, pumpernickel roll, and a lemon tart. Yum!

longwood-20After lunch Inge and I enjoyed a walk-around together – even enjoyed listening to one of the pianos – which was on automatic player mode.

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longwood-22Then it was time to leave Kennett Square and head back to our homes.

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Longwood Gardens ~ Walking Outside

walking-outside-1I had to pull myself away from the conservatory, but didn’t want to miss a walk up to the tower and hillside where Cerwin and I had our engagement pictures taken more than 54 years ago.

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walking-outside-10There are lots of seating areas – for resting and enjoying the scenery.

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walking-outside-13I was standing here when the bells began telling the hour – 11:00 AM.

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walking-outside-23There is lots of construction going on in the area of the fountains. I will be anxious to see that when it is finished.

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walking-outside-27It was obvious that it is the fall season by the chill in the air and the color of the leaves.

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Tomorrow night I will show you the rose garden.