Monday, May 16, 2011

Gardening For Wildlife A New Blog and A New Bird In Apple Blossoms



FEATURING THREE APPLE TREES 




An Apple Blossom Gateway into the Blueberry Field offers delicious fragrance and nectar for birds and bees. 



This little male Ruby-throated Hummingbird showed up earlier this year than ever before. He arrived on May 5th!




Looking west through the Apple gateway up towards the house, gardens  and Rock Maples

While the Hummers sip nectar the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker maintains his Apple sap holes along the trunk. 

He's off to the Crabapple Orchard!

Apple and Rock Maple trees at the edge of the North Garden just outside of the Crabapple Orchard

Looks like this will be a great apple year for this older tree 


 A male Northern Parula visits the North Garden Apple tree . . . my first sighting! 





The Northern Parula has the perfect bill for opening buds.

What a clever bird! He will help me have pest free apples.


Flower Hill Farm is intoxicating right now . . . even with all the rain. I will be posting simple photo posts over the next few days, so you can see what is happening.  

I would like to share a new blog with you all. Carole Sevilla Brown has created yet another blog Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.  I am honored to be invited to join the team of dedicated and talented authors. I hope you can visit and see my post on an amazing Great Blue Heron rookery I visited recently.

28 comments:

jeansgarden said...

Carol, Your flowering trees are looking so beautiful; your garden is a glorious place to be at this time of year (well, at many other times, too :-)). Seeing what's happening in your garden now gives me a sense of what I will see as I drive north next week. This May drive can be very enjoyable as I move backward through spring, starting with the lush green, fully-leafed-out conditions of late spring/early summer on the Mason-Dixon line and eventually arriving in Maine to find lilacs just beginning to bloom and the trees in that lacy stage of blooms turning into leaves. -Jean

ann said...

You take such awesome bird pictures. What is your secret? You also have a lovely habitat for them--and you. cheers. ann

FlowerLady said...

I love your apple blossoms and your wonderful bird pictures. I always come away from your blog feeling good.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Country Gal said...

Your pictures and property are amazing, Congrats on being part author of this other blog, a must check it out for me. Have a great day !

NellJean said...

Wonderful bird photos and your spring trees are so pretty.

Jean said...

Oh so gorgeous Carol. I really love your bird photos. I see things I can't see in the guide books. Your place looks like heaven on earth.

Heather@RestoringTheLandscape.com said...

How cool is that? A northern parula. I think I saw one last year but it was for a very brief moment so I can't be sure. I have my camera ready is year. Our hummingbirds arrived this weekend, yours were really early. So glad you're joining the native plant blog!
Heather

Ruben said...

Wonderful apple trees in bloom! And your wildlife is fantastic. Already hummingbirds!!!! Lucky you! Very artistic photos of the apple blooms. Me like!!!!

Kram
/Ruben

Larry said...

Who could not find your site alluring... the photos are so beautiful... I do enjoy my frequent visits immensely! Larry

Cat said...

Wow, so amazing the transformation as the days lengthen in your garden! Sweet hummingbirds and apple orchards...what a piece of heaven. Congrats on joining the new blog.

Carol said...

Thank you all so for your kind comments and for your patience. I so appreciate your support. Carol

Wenche said...

wonderful Spring feeling,your garden is a paradis!

Julia@PolkaDotGaloshes said...

Hi Carol, I was just reading one of my first ever posts and noticed a comment from you, way back! Just wanted to stop by with a very belated THANK YOU!! Which I am so happy I did, I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog this morning with my coffee. I have such a love of birds and this post has filled my heart!! Love your blog and I'm excited to follow your adventures...Cheers =)

patientgardener said...

What amazing bird photos and I just love the blossom - my favourite time of the year

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

I am not sure what is more beautiful the apple blossoms or the birds.

sweetbay said...

Your apple trees are just magnificent. I can't get over how beautiful they are.

Tammie Lee said...

thank you for sharing the beauty of your spring with us, lovely as can be.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Carol, Seeing your apple trees in bloom has inspired me to prune and uncover the view to my large specimen. The neighbors enjoy the flowers, but we can't even see it. Carolyn

Laila said...

Beautiful apple trees and stunning bird pictures as usual! I cant figure out how you manage to catch them flying!
Kram/Laila

Sarah Laurence said...

Lovely! We have hummingbirds buzzing around our azaleas but I’m not quick enough to catch them on film. I love these pollination shots and the blue skies. Everything is blooming here, but it’s really wet. I like your spring leaves and blooms below too – you are a little ahead of Maine. I always feel so relaxed after looking at your farm photos.

Marguerite said...

I had no idea hummingbirds would visit apple blossoms. I'll have to look for that this year. Our apple trees are much behind yours. The buds are just starting to open and the leaves starting to unfurl.

Donna said...

Carol how wonderful to see all these birds returning and honoring your garden with a visit...and your news as a contributor to Carol's new site is fantastic...I love her sites and try to stop by often...I will definitely visit more to see your posts too

Andrea said...

Hi Carol, how beautiful those apple trees are in full bloom, and those inhabitants always caught in the act. They are very beautiful too. You dont like too much rain, then please send them this way as we are already at the middle of the dry season, very hot here. We have 36C going up still.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Dear Carol,

This posting really helped me today. I needed that boost of the beauty that surrounds you...the Parula, the hummer at the apple blossoms (and SO EARLY), and much more. Thanks to you for starting off my day with a generous helping of pure beauty.

love,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

debsgarden said...

Your apple trees are spectacular. As always, I am amazed at your ability to capture such wonderful wildlife shots. I love the hummer!

joey said...

So much stunning life surrounding you, Carol. You don't seem to miss a moment! Though spring has been fickle this year, the apple trees here too have been awesome. Thank you for focusing on beautiful moments.

Ever Green Tree said...

Hi Carol, Flower hill farm sure does look intoxicating and very alive with gorgeous blooms n birds. Lovely pix. Thx for sharing.

Gail said...

Nature is amazing and you capture it so well. Love the photo of The Northern Parula opening the flower bud! Happy news about the new blog writing! Working with Carole is a lot of fun. gail

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