Monday, April 30, 2012

On the Counter

From the garden

Enjoy more from gardens around the world at Today's Flowers #202

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Arbor Day was a big deal when we were kids at Elberon Elementary School.  We saved our pennies and planted trees each year in front of the school.  Sad to say, the building was slated for renovation years ago.  It sat empty for years. 
A dump was located on/near the property and the land proclaimed toxic.  So the building was torn down.
Fenced off.
 Forbidden territory.
And the children's trees?  Carefully spaced and lovingly planted at each entrance to the parking lot. Not behind the fence or on the dump site but growing strong along the street were chopped.
So not necessary.
 The stumps still stand.
The sign still says "coming in July 2013".  I don't know if that is true.
I hope they will have an Arbor Day and replace the trees.


Today it is finally raining.  The flowers are saying thank you!
Visit Today's Flowers #201 for more images of flowers from around the world.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fly Me To The Moon

We just watched history as the space shuttle Discovery make it's last flight before heading to display at the Smithsonian Air Museum.'s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

 We were just in time to see the first pass headed down the Potomac.
The second pass took it back over the city.

Sorry, this is out of focus.
Next time we see it will be on the ground.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lavender Blue

Lavender and blue, some of my favorites.  Violets

and bees.

Follow Today's Flowers #200 for more color.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Week-end Score

Yard sale finds from last week-end:
They're in great shape.  One for the kitchen, one for the laundry room. Total cost $130.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What the Easter Bunny Made

This years eggs.
 Added to the collection, some date to 1983.

We hide real eggs and plastic eggs with treats for the hunters.  Sometimes every year the bunny is too clever .  This year we're missing two plastic and one real egg.
Lucky squirrels. 

Pieris Japonica

A native of Japan Pieris japonica is an upright to spreading ornamental shrub, noted for its emerging bronzed foliage, dark shiny evergreen mature foliage, showy floral buds that mature in late Summer and are attractive in Autumn and Winter, and showy white (or pink) inflorescences that bloom in late Winter to early Spring.

Mine stands by the front door and is quite large.
 It is one of the first things to bloom in the spring garden.
I hope this answers the questions from Today's Flowers #189.