Category: Garden

Message From the Bluebirds

singing male eastern bluebird with mate in background

The Messengers

The day after Don died I was driving home from the funeral home. Just as I got in front of the church that is around the corner from my street my car was suddenly surrounded by Eastern Bluebirds. There were both male and females and there were so many I couldn’t count them. I have never seen so many bluebirds in one place before, nor since. It was a very clear message from above that everything was going to be okay.

The Symbolism

Bluebirds symbolize happiness, they spread joy and comfort and are a reminder of brighter days. It is said they are a messenger of God and that they fly with the angels.

 

 

Fleeting

“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Its beauty last but a day.

Commelina communis is a member of the Spiderwort family. Common names are Asiatic Dayflower, Mouse Ears, or Dew Herb.

bluebird baby 1 Things Don't Always Go As Planned

Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

I had planned on getting up early and heading a couple of hours north of here to visit the Ozark Folk Center and photograph a few things in that area but, even though I woke up at 5am, I got lazy and decided not to go. Tomorrow is a better day anyway since the farmer’s market in Batesville will be open and I want to get some goat milk soap from Brood Farm.

I got up to let the dogs out a couple of hours later and heard the bluebirds making all sorts of noise. I’ve had a pair nesting in the box outside my kitchen window and by the sound of things the babies were leaving the nest. I was so excited when I got to the window and, sure enough, there was a couple of babies fighting for position to get out of the box. In the ten years I’ve had a nest box out there I have never seen the babies taking their first flights before.

These images won’t be the best. They were shot through a dirty, screen-in window. I wish I would have had enough time to set up the blind outside. I’m sure glad I changed my plans and didn’t miss watching these two little ones take their first flight. It is a memory I will treasure forever.

bluebird baby 1 Things Don't Always Go As Planned
Should I stay or should I go?
bluebird baby Things Don't Always Go As Planned
I gotta go!
bluebird baby Things Don't Always Go As Planned
Flying! I’m free!
bluebird baby Things Don't Always Go As Planned
Uh oh, how do I land? This is gonna hurt!
bluebird baby Things Don't Always Go As Planned
I’m okay!
bluebird baby Things Don't Always Go As Planned
Hey Mom! I’m over here in the bush! How do I get out?
bluebird baby Things Don't Always Go As Planned
Oh gee thanks for ignoring me Mom!
bluebird baby Things Don't Always Go As Planned
I can fly!!!!
bluebird baby 2 Things Don't Always Go As Planned
Where’d he go?
bluebird baby 2 Things Don't Always Go As Planned
I’m outta here!
Knock Out Rose Bush

It’s a Knock Out!

Knock Out Rose Bush

Double Knock Out Rose

Knock Out® Rose

The large Knock Out® rose bush in the corner of the yard is well over 6 feet tall and the smaller double Knock Out® (to the left) would be nearly as tall except the canes have fallen over. We planted the larger one about 10 years ago and the smaller about 4 years ago. Unfortunately within weeks of planting the smaller one, which was about 2 feet tall at the time, it was eaten to the ground by a hungry rascally rabbit. There were still signs of life so I left it alone for a while and it completely recovered, and even bloomed, during that growing season.

Knock Out® Roses are super easy to grow and disease resistant which is good because the hybrid tea “Peace” rose that is just on the other side of the chain link has a major problem with black spot. In the Spring of 2013, the large bush was heavily pruned after the damage it received during the Christmas 2012 snow storm. The snow had been so heavy that it bent the huge canes to the ground, blocking the gate.

Links

Star® Roses and Plants: The Knock Out® Family of Roses
P. Allen Smith Garden Home™: Caring for Knock Out Roses

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