Wish you were here

by Jen on April 6, 2010


Everything is blooming.  Everything.  As the last jonquils fade,


the camellias rage on,


and confederates twinkle in the grass.


Even that bush that remains nameless is aflame.


If you were here I’d show you the nests I’ve seen around the yard and the unbelievable battle between the crows


nesting in the southwest corner, and the hawks,


nesting just 30 yards north.  They’ve put on a show – as I took these photos, a hawk swept down at the crows’ nest to make a grab for a baby to carry back to her nest – brief skirmish, no casualties (this time).  And did you know that crows often stick around for a year or so to help their parents raise the next season’s young?  I had to google that after I saw at least 3 adults bringing food in the other night.  The crow babies make a buzzing sound and the hawk parents beep.

Your favorite, the carolina wren,


finds Simone‘s house a fine home this year.  He was too busy singing his head off to be caught in a photo.

There are so many things to tell you.  Vegetables are planted in the garden, seeds started, and the house is freshly painted a cheery yellow with green trim.  We didn’t dye eggs this year, but with serendipitous scheduling, 4 did hatch on Easter day.  A white hen laid a little brown egg into my hand just this morning.   I’d love to hear your joking variations of ‘the early bird catches the worm. . .’ on that feat of good timing!

I could go on and on, you would so love this stunning day. . .


Happy Birthday, Mama.  I miss you like crazy.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose April 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

This post was so sweet…I’ve been thinking the same thing lately in reference to my Dad. The birds, the blooms (especially the Dogwood) all just touched my heart. Thank you! :)

Jen April 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

thank you, Rose.

Annie in Austin April 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Hello Jen,
A friend told me about your dog tags & said to check out your blog – landed on this lovely post and am all choked up already!

Will it ruin anything if the bush that is nameless gets a name? I’m pretty sure it’s a double-flowered Kerria – grew on years ago. (http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54605/)

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Jen April 8, 2010 at 6:18 am

Thanks for the bush naming & welcome, Annie! The previous owner of my house was quite a gardener & when I mapped out existing plants, we never could figure out what that one was. This is the 1st year I thought to photograph while blooming!

Aunt Monie April 13, 2010 at 7:44 am

Ok..this made me cry. I think about your Mama so often and proudly have her goat watercolor hanging in the bedroom.
It’s one of Tasha’s favorite things and mine too!
Happy Birthday Gail.

Funny. I was just in Pattiy Torno’s garden yesterday and she has Kerria that she transplanted from Athens resently. It is blooming like crazy. Was just inquiring about it and she’s digging some up for me now!

love u jc

Leslie April 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Love you Jen – that’s beautiful and making me cry.

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