Friday, May 24, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday, May 24, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Floral Friday Fotos,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Blue Skies! (Sky Watch Friday)
'Home of the Bearcats' Baldwyn, Mississippi, USA, May 23, 2019
No rain this week with high temperatures in the low 90sF (33C).
The birds on the water tank are Black Vultures.

2. Good Food!
Iuka, Mississippi, USA, May 18, 2019
At The Country Squire Restaurant: grilled chicken breast with grilled pineapple and a cherry, baked sweet potato with butter and brown sugar, toasted bread, and iced tea. The meal also included a green salad (lettuce, tomato, carrots, cucumber, etc.). It was delicious!

3. Coreopsis (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 23, 2019
Coreopsis is a genus of wildflower native to the Americas that contains about 75 to 80 species. I am not sure which one I have. Coreopsis blooms provide pollen and nectar for a wide range of bees and butterflies, and is loved by gardeners for its bright cheerful color.

4. Farming
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, May 22, 2019
After a very wet Spring, the fields are finally getting dry enough for the farmers to get to work.

5. Red-winged Blackbird (Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, May 19, 2019
a male Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, defending his territory!

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thankful Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday


I am thankful for Book Clubs! I am a member of two book clubs; one of them met at the library Tuesday night. We discussed "The Best Cook in the World" by Rick Bragg, and checked out next month's book, "Decider" by Dick Francis. Then several of us went out to eat together. It was a fun time!

Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Eastern Kingbird and Butterweed, May 22, 2019

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildflower Wednesday, and My Corner of the World
T is for Tyrannus tyrannus - Eastern Kingbird

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, May 7, 2019
The scientific name, Tyrannus, means tyrant, king, or despot, and refers to the Eastern Kingbird's aggressiveness towards other birds, especially during breeding and nesting season. They are migratory birds, spending the Summer months in the eastern three-quarters of North America, and flying away to South America when the weather begins to get cold here. They eat insects, fruit, and berries.

The Eastern Kingbird was searching for insects in a field of Butterweed.

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, May 7, 2019
Butterweed, Packera glabella, is a common Spring wildflower in the eastern United States.
(The fourth Wednesday of each month is Wildflower Wednesday).

The plants (knee-high or taller) prefer damp soil, have hollow stems, and form large bloom clusters.

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Have a wonderful day!

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Barn Collective, May 19, 2019

The Barn Collective, Saturday's Critters, I'd Rather B Birdin', and All Seasons

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, May 16, 2019
I am not sure this building is a barn, but there was a donkey in the pasture!

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Your bird for today is...
Ballard Park, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, April 21, 2019
… a Great Blue Heron!
Have a blessed day!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday, May 17, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Floral Friday Fotos,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Blue Sky (Sky Watch Friday)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, May 15, 2019
Warm days with cool nights, blue skies, fluffy white clouds - perfect Spring weather!

2. Gardening
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 17, 2019
My tomatoes are growing taller, but so is the grass and the weeds!
That is a white Rose ('Iceberg') behind the second from right tomato plant. Most of the flowers are faded, but there are still more buds to open. And the purple on the far right is a wildflower, Spiderwort.

'Burpless Beauty' Cucumber
Only time will tell if this was a good idea or not - I planted cucumber seeds in with the tomato plants to let the cucumber vines climb the tomato cages.

And my okra is coming up. I see a few gaps; I will probably plant a few more seeds this weekend.

'Clemson Spineless' Okra
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3. Bearded Iris (Floral Friday Fotos)
Bearded Iris gets its name from the Greek word for rainbow, and what a rainbow of colors there are!

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I have only a few colors, but there are a lot of people who grow hundreds of different colors.

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4. Snail (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 1, 2019
Large critters are easy to find and photograph, but don't overlook the small ones!

Though snails are kind of gross and slimy, I think their shells are pretty. One snail I can tolerate, but if they multiply and start eating my plants, I will not hesitate to declare war on snails!

5. Gray Catbird (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 29, 2019
Gray Catbirds, Dumetella carolinensis, are migratory birds that spend the Winter along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of North America or in the Caribbean islands and Central America. But in the warm weather months they migrate across the United States and as far north as southern Canada to nest and raise their young.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Thankful for home-grown Strawberries!
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 13, 2019
I do not have a large bed of strawberry plants, but I am thankful to have enough to pick a few to add to my breakfast cereal each morning!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Goldfinches, May 14-15, 2019

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, and Wild Bird Wednesday
S is for Spinus tristis - American Goldfinch, a small North American bird of the Finch family

male and female Goldfinches, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 16, 2019
Spinus tristis, the American Goldfinch, can be found over much of North America. It is a year-round resident in the midsection of the United States, but is seen in Canada only in the Summer, and in Mexico and the southwestern US only in the Winter. You can attract them to your yard with sunflower seeds.

Have a great day!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, May 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and My Corner of the World

The northeast corner of Mississippi, USA zone 7

'Early Girl' Indeterminate Tomato
In the vegetable garden, the tomatoes are blooming!

And the Hedges are blooming! Very invasive plants. I am constantly cutting them back and mowing down the new sprouts, but when they bloom the aroma is heavenly!

Coreopsis growing near the Butterfly Bush
My Coreopsis plants have been in a race to see who blooms first. Here's the winner!

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'

White Floribunda Rose 'Iceberg' (bought in October 2017)
This rose has been blooming for two weeks, and is still going strong!

Burr Rose, Rosa roxburghii
This is a Burr Rose, so named because the buds look like burrs. Another name for it is Chestnut Rose.

I think this tiny wildflower is a member of the Bellflower family.

Another wildflower - Spiderwort

Trifolium repens
And White Clover! All mixed in with the grass, we will wait until it finishes blooming before we mow.

Rieger Begonia 'Solenia' Begonia x hiemalis
I do not have much luck with Begonias, but I could not resist this color.

And to add a bit of mystery, I bought two Geraniums from the 'mixed colors' shelf. Hopefully we will know what color they are by next Bloom Day.

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Barn Collective, May 12, 2019

The Barn Collective, I'd Rather B Birdin', and All Seasons

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 11, 2019
It is sad to see this old barn disappearing.
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Your bird for today is...
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, May 5, 2019
… an American Robin, Turdus migratorius - 'the early bird gets the worm!'

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

B&W: Squirrel, May 11, 2019

Saturday's Critters and The Weekend in Black and White

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, May 7, 2019
When I walked out on the balcony at the Pickwick Inn Restaurant, this squirrel instantly flattened himself down on his belly as if to hide. But after a few seconds he looked up to see if I was still there!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday, May 10, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Pickwick Lake (Sky Watch Friday)
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, May 7, 2019
We had beautiful skies for our drive to the Pickwick Inn Restaurant for lunch with friends on Tuesday. The buffet-style lunch was delicious! This is the view from the restaurant balcony.

After we ate, we drove along the road leading to the lock and dam. Large rocks were being placed in the water against the embankment to help stabilize the shoreline.

More rock-filled barges were waiting their turn to be unloaded.

Pickwick Lake, Tennessee, USA, May 7, 2019
A view of the lake after crossing Pickwick Lock and Dam. All the construction work is off to the right.

Weather Update:
We had 3 inches (7.6cm) of rain on Thursday with more rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

2. What I am reading
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 9, 2019
"God's Smuggler" by Brother Andrew
"Death in Reel Time" by Brynn Bonner
"The Whispered Word" by Ellery Adams
"Death in Dublin" by Bartholomew Gill

"God's Smuggler" is a true story; the others are fiction.

3. Favorite Photo of the Week
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, May 5, 2019
a Common Grackle, I think. (Please let me know if I have the wrong ID).

4. Anole (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 5, 2019
A small Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis, on a tomato cage in my garden.

The prominent white stripe down its back identifies it as a female. (The dark spot on the head is a shadow).

I am hoping she will help me with pest control in the garden this Summer.

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5. Killdeer (I'd Rather B Birdin')

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, May 5, 2019
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous

Have a wonderful day!

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