What’s New

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Time is racing by. It always does at this time of year. Things happen almost too fast to aborb.

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The best way to keep up is to do a lot of clicking to save the moments into pixels. The Cedar Waxwings cleaned this small native American holly tree, Ilex opaca of every single berry in record time. To see more of these most ravishing birds and learn the story of the header photo of this blog, click here. This link is also always available at the top of the sidebar section Older Posts of Interest.

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The came with the property grape hyacinths are in full blown peak. The pollinators appreciate the mass of blue blooms.

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Ephemerals are now opening. Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis is slowly, oh so slowly spreading in the leaf litter.

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During the recent holiday time, a road trip was taken to North Carolina, including a visit to the very fine nursery, B.B. Barns. A few new plants accidentally jumped into the cart. Santolina virens ‘Lemon Fizz’ and Calibrachoa ‘Noa Sunset’ should make fine additions to whatever bed they end up planted into.

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These colorways, the yellow and orange cheerful hues are echoed in the mid season daffodil that also came with the property, Narcissus ‘Tahiti’.

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A nice match is the newly added Primula veris ‘Sunset Shades’, that is planted with the butter yellow species, P. veris that is not quite open yet.

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We are entering the period of the miniature daffodils, including the hoopskirt Narcissus bulbocodiuum ‘Golden Bells’.

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I love the littlest daffodils. This is Narcissus jonquilla simplex. Note the size compared to my thumbnail. It is tiny! But there is something else that we love that is also very tiny, and new.

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The newest member of the Fairegarden clan was recently born to Mr. and Mrs. Brokenbeat, an occasion of great celebration. He is a miracle of perfection, little FG. The now second youngest, son of Semi, LTB looks quite large in comparison at age 7. Welcome to our world, sweet child.


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20 Responses to What’s New

  1. Anne Boykin says:

    Frances, Congrats on the newest addition to the family. Love your blog, thank you for your lovely posts. They inspire me to look closer in my own garden.

    Thank you, Anne, for those kind sentiments. Life is full of inspiration, thank goodness.

  2. gail says:

    Dear Frances, Little FG is a miracle of perfection and the best spring bloom. I am so happy for the Fairegarden clan.xoxoxogail

    Thanks, Gail. He is a spring bloom, and a most welcome and loved one.

  3. Carol says:

    Congratulations on your new grandson. Soon he will be following after you to learn the spring blooms of his birthday.

    Thanks Carol. You are right, he will grow up so quickly. What was blooming when he was born are the grape hyacinths. He will be sure to get some of the ones from my garden for his own patch.

  4. A lovely post with a surprise ending! wish the clan All Joy! 🙂 Jack

    Thanks Jack. We are full to the brim with joy.

  5. What a lovely time of year in which to be born! Blessings on the whole Fairegarden clan!

    Hi Kathy, I completely agree! Thank you for the good wishes.

  6. Sincerest congrats on the adorable new addition,,,now you have another reason to love early spring and celebrate the season. I love how you teasingly led up to the most delightful tiny thing of all.

    Thanks Michaele. This is the most wonderful time of year, and celebrations will abound.

  7. Barbara H. says:

    A wonderful ending to your post and to the month. Congratulations on the new addition – you will have lots of fun with a new baby to adore.

    I was working outside yesterday when I heard the loud fluttering of wings. It took me a while to be sure but a flock of cedar waxwings was in the yard. They would fly into the holly tree, grab some berries and then fly across the yard into other trees to enjoy their treat. Back and forth, back and forth. I didn’t hear them when they flew into the holly but the wings were all a-flutter on their way out of the tree. What fun. I loved reading your old post about them – somehow I had missed that wonderful story.

    Hi Barbara, thanks. That is exactly the way it is here, with the whooshing of wings from tree to tree. I did not realize that it was waxwings in the wooded area behind the knot garden at the top of the hill whooshing whenever I go up there. Looking one day with the binoculars from inside the house, I saw them. It looked like hundreds. They make my heart soar, as does the new baby.

  8. Dee says:

    Those grandchildren are gorgeous, but of course, their parents are too. Happy, Happy Day!!! I love your plants too, but it’s special to see your grands.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks so much. My mind really was not on plants that day, but we did get a nice heart shaped ivy topiary for the baby’s room to help cleanse the air.

  9. entwinedlife says:

    Longing for a trip to BB’s!

    Thanks for sharing all your little ones!

    Thanks Jayme. BB is the best, isn’t it? I have two more grandsons, but they are anything but little at 13 and 14 years old! HA

  10. Cyndi says:

    Your new grand baby is wonderful news! You garden is beautiful and thanks for all the plant indentifications.
    I thought those were cedar wax wing birds before I read the story below it. I think I may have seen them here also! Smiles, cyndi

    Hi Cyndi, thanks so much. The waxwings are so elegant and since they don’t come to the feeders, we seldom see them around. They do love those holly berries.

  11. Alison says:

    Congrats on the new grandchild, Frances! It’s hard to believe March is done and April is here already. I love all those sunset colors in your plants.

    Thanks Alison. I know just what you mean about it being April. It has been so much colder than usual, it doesn’t seem possible. I do love those sunset colors.

  12. Lea says:

    Beautiful flowers, but nothing can compare to a wonderful little baby!
    Have a great week!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    Thanks Lea, very true about a baby and flowers. It is a good life when you get both!
    You, too, have a lovely week.

  13. I was attracted by the no-nonsense title of this post, and I was not disappointed when I opened it. Cedar Waxwings! They seem magical to me because I only see them around here in the mid-spring, when the Apple and Crabapple trees bloom. They’re such beautiful birds and the appear in large numbers at such a wonderful time of year! I read your previous story and was enchanted. Oh, and a very hearty congratulations on the new little FG family arrival!

    thanks Beth. The Cedar Waxwings are wonderful and would love your fruit trees, they are so elegant.

  14. You have some beautiful visitors and bloomers in your garden. And the new addition to the family is very sweet.

    Thanks Sage Butterfly. We love all of the new things here.

  15. Christy says:

    Hi Frances…All of your blooms are just lovely. I love the pictures of the Cedar Waxwings…I think they are one of the prettiest birds! Congratulations on the newest member of the clan!!

    Hi Christy, thanks. I love the waxwings, and they are just rare enough here to be a thrill to see. They are so elegant.

  16. Sheila Read says:

    Cedar waxwings cleaned our hollies in record time, too. I did enjoy the swirls of birds coming and going. Ah, bloodroot. One of my favorites – such a pure white.

    They are quick with those berries, aren’t they, Sheila? Of course hundreds of birds can eat quite a bit in a short time. I was excited to see the bloodroot, such a pretty leaf and flower.

  17. Congratulations! I am still trying to attract Cedar Waxwings. We had one who showed up a couple of times last year but that was all.

    Thanks, Jason. The waxwings here go straight to the large native holly trees, Ilex opaca. I would plant some of those to attract them. Be sure and get a male and female for berries.

  18. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Congrats Frances. What an exciting spring you are having. Precious too.

    Thanks Lisa. Exciting and precious says it all.

  19. Your photos are amazing and fun, thank you for sharing your spring.

    Thanks, Charlie.

  20. Phillip says:

    I was so excited to see these birds in our garden last week. They are so beautiful. They were eating the nandina berries.

    Hi Phillip, thanks for adding in to the conversation here. It is very exciting to see the waxwings. They are still hanging around here, drinking from our pond in shifts of about twenty. They are very polite about taking their turns.

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