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Bloom Tuesday: Wild flowers

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I love this time of year. I love taking photos of wildflowers. Most pictures I take are in my own yard. We live in a really wild place and it has taken years to clear off what we have. Today we spend clearing out the side of our driveway. It was very overgrown. Then we planted 3 crepe mertle trees. Tomorrow we will plant 2 japonicas and 2 forsethias. It is hard digging as there are some roots and many rocks. But we will get it done a little at a time. Just like getting healthy here is taking a "little at a time".


Busy bee

Monday, March 16, 2009

This is a close up of our elberta peach blossom with a very busy bee to the far right. Notice how much pollen she has gattered on her legs. She wasn't bothered at all by my presence. She was just too busy gathering her pollen and nectar to take back to her hive to feed her queen and to make honey.
The honey bee is our state insect (along with many other states). And most honey bees you see are all females. Only the queen lays eggs. The other worker bees have their female egg laying tube modified as a stinger instead of laying eggs. A wild hive of bees can contain up to 20,000 bees and some domesticated hive have as many as 80,000. Talk about community!!! But they have a very structured social order. And our food supply relies on this tireless little worker. I can tell you from first hand experience what a vegetable garden will do without many bees. We had very few bees a couple of years ago. Last year our neighbor put in a hive and they have expanded since then. Also found out that the forest service has been releasing honey bees in the wild. Last year we had a wild brood settle on our front porch. We were afraid they would settle in the walls of our house but thankfully moved on.

The honey bees are fasinating to watch and as long as they don't feel threatened they don't seem to mind you being around them. We could learn alot from a tiny honey bee....from living together in a community, by looking out for one another's needs and protecting our community, from their industrious ways and always on the move.

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KYLIEMC8 3/17/2009 8:59PM

    Thanks again! Beautiful! Kylie emoticon

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Johnny Jump-ups

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Some more wildflowers we have in our yard are Johnny Jump-ups. They are an early blooming violet with very few leaves. I have also noticed the wild thrillium and violets are up but not blooming yet. But Johnny jump-ups are early risers. I think we need to be like them and get a head start on our days.

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KYLIEMC8 3/17/2009 8:56PM

    Ahhh spring! I especially like these!! Thanks for sharing again!

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Almond blossom

Saturday, March 14, 2009

An almond blossom looks a lot like a peach or apricot blossom. In fact they are from the same family. They make a peach or apricot looking fruit but the almond is inside the pit. There are certain varieties of an apricot or peach that you can eat the pit nut. I'm hoping we will have some this year. The only year we have had almonds, I didn't know how to dry them to be able to to get the nut out. Well I put them in the oven. Bad idea!!! They are coated with a kind of glue that when heated fuse the nut shut so tight that even the squirrels won't eat them. They made good gravel in our driveway instead. So if we have any this year, I'm going to try to find out how to dry them to make them easy to shell.

On a note about nuts. Nuts are good for you in moderation. The nutrients in nuts promote overall health in a variety of different ways. Research has shown that nut eaters can actually help lower their cholesterol by substituting nuts for foods higher in saturated fat as part of a low fat, low cholesterol diet. With their unique combination of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, along with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, nuts can fit perfectly into a healthy diet that is calorie balanced for weight maintenance

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KATIE233 3/15/2009 6:42PM

    hi barb, love the almond blossom. what you went through to get the nut out of it reminds me of the oak tree we have and the squirrils trying to get the nut out of the shell. they get up on the hydro wires and they drop it and it hits the road so hard it cracks open and they get the nut. enjoyed your pictures too.

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KJUNPRNCEZ 3/15/2009 3:21PM

    Beautiful bloom. Thanks for sharing. I love when fruit and nut trees bloom. They only last such a short time, but we get such a beautiful show.

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KYLIEMC8 3/15/2009 12:10PM

    Beautiful flower..funny story! I bet you'll find out how when you look it up online! Keep us up to date!

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Easter is coming

Friday, March 13, 2009

There is something about Easter I really enjoy. And that is the fact that I feel spring is finally here. I also love all the family things we do at this time. We have a great dinner together and an Easter egg hunt and we all go to church together and sometimes visit the cemetary.
I also love the Easter goodies like the Chocolate bunnies, Cadberry eggs and Peeps. Especially the peeps. I've decided not to visit stores this year to tempt myself on buying these sweet goodies I know I don't need. The granddaughters are getting a homemade bunny doll and also basket with fun non-food things. And instead of the sweets, I plan to have fruit.

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KYLIEMC8 3/14/2009 11:42AM

    Hoppy Easter..Fruit is an excellent choice!! Hugs, kylie emoticon

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