Blizzard

IMG_7165A blizzard came through the Northeast today and amid white-out conditions, a flock of around forty pine siskins and American goldfinches fed all day at my two thistle feeders and one sunflower feeder. At the start of the day, the feeders were full of seed and by end, two-thirds had been eaten by this hungry hoard. I wondered what they’d have done if this buffet wasn’t here?IMG_7163At one point, there also were eight red-wing blackbirds checking out the action, along with a pair of cardinals, a few juncos and a lone mourning dove. Chickadees favored the sunflower food, while red-bellied and hairy woodpeckers visited the suet.

IMG_7181The temperature never got higher than 25F (-4C) and with winds gusting to 25 mph, the snow was often falling sideways, whipping around the house and making icy patterns on the windows.

We ended up with around 18″ of snow, but with all the blowing, it was tough to get an accurate reading. March near always gives us our most dramatic winter storms, and this was no exception!IMG_7178

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In A Vase On Monday – Hydrangea & Potpourri

img_7130Collected in October, these dried hydrangea (H. paniculata) look as fresh as the day I picked them. Arrange and forget, what can be easier? Eventually, they will lose their color and fade once humidity returns in late spring and early summer.

Meanwhile, in a pretty grape-motif pitcher, they dress up the coffee table, next to a brass vase of cuttings of snake plant (Sansevieria hyacinthoides) and a worn-smooth, quartz ‘worry stone’ picked out of the stream.

img_7131Dried pink roses, bits of orange peel, pine cones, balsam fir and bracken fern create a potpourri in a lacy, heirloom Dresden bowl that belonged to my late mother-in-law. The cloth runner was woven by my sister.

Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens, indoor or out. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Migrating Robins – Harbinger of Spring

IMG_0747A large flock of migrating robins came through our yard today– at least several dozen, they were impossible to count over such a large area. Can you count sixteen in the photo? I’m always happy to see them, as it means spring really is just around the corner!

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Wordless Wednesday

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In A Vase On Monday – Remembering

img_7132Throughout the cold months, while I await Spring’s arrival, I remember past growing seasons via vases of dried plants collected during the summer and on long autumn walks.

img_7134 img_7133The brown tones of this hand-thrown pottery vase (another great, free-table find), echo the colors of the arrangement.

I love the rusty backsides of Southern Magnolia leaves (M. grandiflora), the bronze tones of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) galls, and the golden interiors of Milkweed pods (Asclepias syriaca).

img_7135Dried Hypericum berries (H. androsaemum) cluster low and seeded grasses (Calamagrostis and Dactylis) arch high. A few twisted branches of European Filbert (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) photobomb from a vase offscreen to the left.

Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens, indoor or out. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Silent Sunday

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