May 27, 2009

Porch Swing View

The birds are finally starting to visit our new, cheap, plastic birth bath. So far, there have been robins, goldfinches and cardinals splashing around in there. This particular robin looked annoyed that his picture was being taken. I was sitting on the porch swing with the camera watching him and made sure to get my crooked toes in the second photo because I knew you'd want to see them.
This is the third year that the Fern Leaf Peony has been growing in our yard. One bloom the first year, two blooms the second year guessed right.....three blooms the third year. If you want to know more about this plant, Roger's Fernleaf Peony Farm is a good place to visit for information.
I was still on the porch swing, when this immature male Baltimore Oriole stopped to sip some nectar from the new, cheap, plastic Oriole feeder. They prefer open areas with tall trees and we have lots of both. Their song is distinctive and I always hear them before seeing them.
These photos were taken a few days ago when it was still warm and sunny. It's been cold and raining for the last couple of days, giving me a chance to catch up on inside projects. Tomorrow will be another planting day with Nicole at her house and then Phillip's soccer game in the evening. Sun and warm temperatures predicted for the day.


  1. Hi Donna,
    I love the toe shot! My daughter-in-love has a tree peony,but not the fern leaved kind, I guess, It only has a couple blooms, too, and this is either its second or third season. Your boom sure are pretty!

    I've gotten some looks like that from robins, too.

    BTW, the herb garden was bunny free in my last shot, :o)

  2. Thanks for your nice post on my blog. I love your peonies. They are so lovely to look at don't they?

  3. The robin does look indignant, doesn't he? lol The Fern-Leaf Peony is gorgeous. I'm not familiar with that one. Lovely Oriole shot too.


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