Last week I discovered an empty Junco's nest in the coal bucket planter.
Today as I was out poking my camera lens into things, I flushed out the Mama Junco and discovered four speckled brown eggs.
I hope I can watch the development here without bothering the parents too much. They sure do chip-chip at me if I get too close.
I brought my camera out late this afternoon because I discovered that the Voodoo Lily was blooming.
Dracunulus vulgaris, also called Dragon Lily, is one of those blooms of the type that smells like rotten meat. By tomorrow it will be attracting flies, and there are quite a few buds yet to bloom. Stinky, but oh, that color!
The Bumbles were busy on the spirea.
A sprawling type of clematis has popped open.
Nature creates amazing color schemes.
The volunteer Shirley poppies are popping.
Finger mittens for foxes?
Columbine are nearing the end of their season. I will miss them.
Welsh poppies perform all spring and into summer.
A hardy geranium rambles and weaves its way where it wants to.
A Pacific Coast iris.
Yellow water iris, Iris pseudacorus, lives down by the dry pond.
The two peonies we have managed to keep going.
And roses - Old English types - are beginning to erupt in their first flush.
The blue eyed grass I bought at Joy Creek.
An old Asiatic lily.
I do believe Summer begins today! I'm ready for some outdoor living!