Bluebirds & Lilacs


I saw a bluebird going into the house I put up! ..bluebird of happiness…  I embroidered one right in the middle of the quilt I made for the little baby coming our way. Speaking of which, I was hoping  lilacs would be nice to cut for the baby shower next week. It’s been in the 80’s here and dry so I’m not too sure that’s going to work out.
Viburnums and spurge are looking beautiful and the apple blossoms are opening. Giant bumblebees are everywhere. I am glad I decided not to get beehives this year. I have a good local population and I didn’t want to meddle with it.
I’ve been planting out cabbages, bok choi and some herbs. I still have a  a lot more planting to do.  I should have started the kale sooner. I’m glad I did extra tomatoes though. I broke 12 plants by dropping a light on a tray and last night my husband tripped in the dark onto another tray on the back porch.
My daughter will be home from her first year of college this weekend, just in time for Mother’s Day.
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30 thoughts on “Bluebirds & Lilacs

  1. Did you know that you can just stick the broken tomato piece in the dirt, water it, and you will have a new plant? We’ve broken a lot of tomato plants in the past as well as this year. Then, not only do we get the original plant (it just gets new growth), we also get a new plant from the broken stem. We love our bluebirds too and that one on your quilt looks mighty nice 🙂

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  2. What a lovely write-up Cynthia. Lilacs are my absolute favourite flowers, the scent brings back memories of childhood that I treasure. Lovely photos!

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  3. Love the sweet blue bird. Lucky baby.

    I saw bumble bees for the first time when I was a resident at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, Washington. The groundsman’s daughter showed me how you can catch them and stroke them like a pet! I was enchanted. I don’t think we have them in Australia.

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    • It actually hit 90 degrees here yesterday. May can be warm but usually it’s in the 60’s. When this passes, we may easily be hit with a frost and see daytime temperatures in the 50’s. ( I hope not!). The weather has been strange the past few years.

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  4. I am so glad for you to have bluebirds. If they love the location they will be back year after year. They have come here but never stayed. The quilt is wonderful a meaningful gift.
    It will be wonderful to have your daughter home this weekend. My lilacs are just starting to produce buds. Can’t wait for them to come out they are my favorite flower. Hope we get some needed rain soon a friend who lives less than 2 miles away had a downpour at 4:30 this morning we got nothing.

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  5. Wow Cynthia you really live in a little paradise! 🙂

    As much as I would like to say ”I wish I had the same”, I am on the journey and need to be patient … there is still much to learn on the path and I should enjoy it anyway, still though, the city rat race sucks haha

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