Seen On My Walk

We are so happy for some lasting sunshine! The Garden Treasures peony opened in celebration yesterday.

You can see it on the far left in the image below, but I wanted to show you the whole peony bed, which is heavy with big pompom flowers now. Too bad Rosy Prospects, second from the right, can't get with the program. I'm feeling more optimistic about it this year though. Several of its buds have opened with at least some flower petals. It has earned itself at least a year's reprieve after being sentenced to the burn pile.

On the slope above the peonies, there are cherries on the tree. They are way behind from last year, and I noticed yesterday that a lot of them are shriveling. It's an indication they weren't pollinated, which isn't at all surprising. We don't have a single plum on our tree either. It bloomed on days when it poured rain.

It was such a nice day. I didn't want to do my walking on the treadmill, and so I set out for a walk. It's hay fever season for me. These blooming grasses and weeds are my sneezy worst offenders.

Here's some more.

And here's even more. They are pretty when the sun glints off their seed heads.

Of course, I took pictures of every blooming thing, and so much is blooming right now. I came across these wild roses. These are larger than the ones I usually see. These are approximately the diameter of a tennis ball. The bumble bees were interested.

The white ones are very fragrant.

These yellow ones are smaller...maybe a little larger than a quarter.

Gazing through the trees, I could see our neighbor's horses grazing in the sun. When I walked back, I noticed one was rolling in the grass and making a grunting sound like a dog's growling.

Here's one close-up. That red grass beside him is called Timothy grass...very bad for hay fever sufferers. Fortunately, I'd taken some Allegra early in the morning, and so I was tolerating this walk just fine.

Now there's a horse's a$$ if I've ever seen one. But that's not why I took this picture. I took it for the bird sitting on his back. Just before I pressed the shutter, there were three more sitting there.

Here's one of my alpaca neighbors. He seems not too happy to see me taking his picture. I mean, he hasn't even finished his breakfast nor combed his hair! He also looks as if he's been sheared recently.

Getting back to the wildflowers, this one has tiny white flowers. It's a heavy ground cover, and it was growing thick along the roadside. My phone tells me this is Bearberry Cotoneaster.

There was another red one growing to its right.

I asked my phone to identify this next one, but the answers it gave were obviously incorrect. I needed to get closer for a better picture, but there was a muddy ditch there.

I saw this in several places along the way. This is Crimson Columbine.

California poppies with vetch growing to the left side of the image.

I tried only taking pictures of things I hadn't seen on my last walk, but some are too much my favorites to ignore. This one is the Hesperis. It's the one new name I've learned in this year's travels.

And, of course, I can't ignore the corn flowers. I just love them.

Here's a pink one.

And a purple one.

This is a scene from the top of our hill. This area was all wooded last year, but the owner logged it all off. The story is that he's facing a terminal illness and logged it off to sell the timber. It sure left an eyesore. We can't see this from our property, but we live just on the other side of the far tree line. It means less habitat for coyotes, but also for other small animals and birds.

On a more positive note, this is how it looks just across the road, and looking down into the Willamette Valley.

So my walk ended up taking more time than I'd planned. If I didn't stop to take so many pictures, I could walk farther and faster. But, oh well. I was enjoying the warm weather.

Back home, I barely got started on quilting Grandma's Thimbles. Each block will have a spool of thread...

followed by a meandering looping thread line...

and a needle. I'm also outlining the thimbles and filling in some of the lines in the middle. It needed a little more quilting from a functional standpoint.

There are six cornerstones. I made a little free-hand thimble in three of the six.

Sadie was my quilting assistant, but she was keeping a close eye on Smitty who was on the floor below her.

My heart really wasn't into the quilting yesterday, but I filled four blocks and three cornerstones.

It's hard to see the white thread on a white background.

You can barely make it out on the back.

When I came upstairs and looked outside, I noticed this squirrel was eating one of the poppy buds. (Shakes fist!) Where's a cat when you need one?

And then, adding insult to injury, this is what I saw when I came downstairs first thing this morning. (Shakes fist and bangs on the window!)

I'd just been pointing out to Mike yesterday how we have lots of flowers on this cherry tomato, but never any tomatoes. Now I know why. I'm surprised he'd come right up onto the patio like that.

Okay, so it's a grocery shopping day. We have a long list, unfortunately. Nevertheless, I expect to get back to my quilting this afternoon. Probably, I could finish it today, but my goal is to do another row of blocks and cornerstones. It's been warm and dry enough to water too. In anticipation of a now-postponed trip to Alaska this year, Mike has his watering all worked out with timers and blue tooth controls for his phone. It's all very complicated, and I can't explain it, but it saves him from dragging hoses around the yard. Also, he can control what gets watered and when from his phone. As for me, I'll be watering the pots the old fashioned way...by dragging hoses around the yard.

Oh yes...I almost forgot. I saw this notification on Facebook yesterday. Anyone can join in, so I'm giving you the information. I'm going to participate, and I've already seen the instructions. I can assure you that it's a very simple project, even for someone who doesn't regularly do embroidery. Join us, if you like.

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Barbara said...

The rules of wildlife are simple and clear, which is not the case for men. ~ Laurent Baheux

Sara said...

I've never seen a yellow peony. How pretty!!! I had to put those pinwheel spinners in my tomato pots some years ago to keep the deer from eating the blossoms. It seemed to work.

Robin said...

Lovely post, thank you Barbara. My friend had loads of huge lilies about to bloom, in one night a small herd of deer ate every single one. No beautiful lilies for her this year. She is not even upset, just try again next year.

MissPat said...

I laughed when I saw the photo of the alpaca. Looks just like Boris Johnson. When I shake my fists and pound on the windows, the deer and/or squirrels don't react at all. Sometimes they look up, but go right back to eating, digging, whatever. Currently the squirrels and chipmunks are busy digging in my freshly planted pots. And I've never dug up as many black walnut trees as this year, often right in the middle of established perennials.

Soapstone Quilts said...

Sorry to hear the Alaska trip had to be postponed. Regarding deer - last fall we started putting posts up around favorites of the deer and then strung clear fish line around the posts several rows high. So far, so good. I read about it online somewhere & figured it was worth a try. Supposedly their eyesight isn’t superb & it startles them when they bump against the invisible-to-them fish line. I’m just hoping it continues to work for us since we added a bunch more native baby trees. They had already started topping the red maples until we got with the program & added the posts & fishline. Since then new little leaves and no more nibbling that we’ve seen, at least so far!

Cathy Smith said...

I started using reflective mylar ribbon around my flowers to deter the pesky birds! The little suckers LOVE both the flowers and leaves of sunflowers and zinnias. I cut an 18 to 24 inch length and clothespin it to a garden stake so it can flutter in the wind. So far, so good. I wonder if a similar set up would annoy Bambi enough to go dine elsewhere? I found it on Amazon. Just search "reflective mylar tape bird repellant".

piecefulwendy said...

Well, we have one of those large plastic storage bins for our few gardening items, including some seed. This year, the squirrels and chipmunks have succeeded (they've been working on it for years) in chewing through the tough plastic and are enjoying all the goodies inside. Arghh. As corny as this sounds, Irish Spring soap (bar) is supposed to deter deer.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures of blooming things on your post today, Barbara. It seems that the colors of flowers this year are more vibrant than in previous years. We found that to be true with the azaleas in our own yard this spring.
The expression on the llama’s face is priceless! Clearly, he/she wasn’t thrilled with having its picture taken!
Love the quilting on your thimble quilt! Those little quilted spools and thimbles are great!
Sandra B

Christine said...

Yellow peonies!!! That's a first for me, it's very beautiful.
Love all those wild flowers, I'm growing cornflowers and Love in a Mist... Only my cornflowers grew but I'm happy.
Love the quilting on your thimbles, so clever.
Shame about the trees... If nothing happens over there, ie replanting, I'd be tempted to throw some wild flowers seeds over the fence next year!!!!
Just love that Alpaca photo.....he reminds me of the ones in Shaun the Sheep - Farmers Market cartoon.