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Once spring gets into full swing here in the Foothills, get the Benedryl! Pollen is everywhere! At night when we take the dog out there is so much in the air that it looks like it is snowing, but what is falling is floating pollen. And what does pollen do very well? It sticks to everything! Everything! To give you an idea of what the pollen is like here in the Foothills…I have dedicated this post to pollen!

My post title indicates that I have been pollinated! I have, and to prove it here is a photo!

I've been pollinated!

I’ve been pollinated!

Stay tuned for the results!

What I really wanted to capture were photos of the pollen in the puddles after the recent rain, but nature was against me on this…But there is still plenty of pollen to share, so we will start with how it covers the decking…

Pollen covers our decks

Pollen covers our decks

The above photo is where the rain hit the deck. Here is what it looked like where it has accumulated over the last 3 days.

It is so thick that I can write in it!

It is so thick that I can write in it!

Sticky stuff that this is, it loves to attach to the vehicles.

It's on the bumper of the car

It’s on the bumper of the car

Where the rain missed…

It covers the rocks in our driveway

It covers the rocks in our driveway

Where the rain washed the rocks…

A rain washed area free of pollen

A rain washed area free of pollen

Quite a difference, don’t you think?

Now I know that the bird bath, which has not been used since last fall, needs to be washed, but this next photo shows a ring of yellow pollen. The actual width of the yellow band is about a half inch.

It resides at the edge of the water in the bird bath that needs a cleaning

It resides at the edge of the water in the bird bath that needs a cleaning

Here is a shot of the pine flowers giving off the pollen. I suggest clicking on this photo twice for a really good view of the pollen coming off the blossoms!

Pollen flying off the pine blossoms

Pollen flying off the pine blossoms

Right now all the pines and oaks are blooming. Many others are as well. When I came back inside after taking these photos I had to clean off the pollen that coated my camera!

Well needless to say, I have been pollinated, as you saw in the first photo! In a few months I should expect this to come my way!

They tell me this is what the baby will look like!

They tell me this is what the baby will look like!

Now don’t you just want to tickle that cute cheek?

Tickling the cheek!

Tickling the cheek!

Well, I need to go and take a Benedryl and blow my nose! I hope that you enjoyed this post, and I thank you for putting up with my silly humor! Now go and have a good Wednesday, OK? And, thanks for stopping by!

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Spring seems so early this year. The last two years spring came along in late April and early May. This year it arrived at the beginning of this month. Leaves on the trees appeared seemingly overnight. Wildflowers and weeds are showing their beauty rapidly. So I thought that today I would share with you some of the varying greens in my yard.

Where do I start? I took this shot from my deck looking over the vegetable garden. I found the many green colors amazing, and the breaking of dawn really made their colors pop!

Amazing greens in my yard

Amazing greens in my yard

Check out the vivid green on the oaks to the muted greens of the digger pines.

Oaks and pine

Oaks and pine

Looking to the end of the fruit orchard, I am amazed at the colors.

Looking off the deck

Looking off the deck

The island in the center of our driveway is chock full of weeds, mostly grasses, but the colors are amazing. The redbud tree just left of center, with its leaves just opening, seem to be floating in the air.

The island as the sun rises

The island as the sun rises

The contrast of colors from the old to the new are amazing too. Here is a shot of our night blooming jasmine with last year’s leaves and the new growth that will bear those amazing aromatic flowers.

Old and new

Old and new

Grasses that were not there the other day come up around the daffodils.

Newly sprouted grasses

Newly sprouted grasses

And the lambs ears have a lovely blue green leave that in the winter is almost a pale white.

The blue green of lamb ears

The blue green of lamb ears

We will end with a view of the park like setting that spring gives to us in our backyard.

Park like setting of our back yard

Park like setting of our back yard

Well, I hope that you have enjoyed the greens in my yard as much as I do each and every morning. Now go out and have a great Tuesday, and thanks for visiting today!

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Here we are and it is the last Monday of March 2013! Time sure does fly, and it goes quicker the older you get! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was doing a post on the emerging spring, and this morning I thought that I would show you a few of the changes from my garden!

Let’s start with the daffodils. Here they are having emerged from the ground donning their lovely flower buds.

Daffodil buds

Daffodil buds

And here are the resulting blooms.
Daffodils in bloom

Daffodils in bloom

Do you remember the forsythia from yesterday’s post? Well, here are the blossom buds from that plant.
Forsythia buds

Forsythia buds

And here are the blossoms.
Forsythia blossoms

Forsythia blossoms

My coppery looking rhododendron has compact buds…
Rhododendron bud

Rhododendron bud

…and here is the lovely delicate flower!
Rhododendron blossom

Rhododendron blossom

Now for a dramatic change…here is the leaf bud of the liquid amber tree.
Liquid Amber leaf bud

Liquid Amber leaf bud

Here is the leaf bud today.
Liquid Amber developing bud

Liquid Amber developing bud

Such a difference! I will be watching this one to see other changes that occur as this opens up!

Have a great Monday! Thank you for stopping by!

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The grasses are really starting to sprout, the trees are leafing out, and pollen is beginning to fill the air. Being the first day of spring, I thought that I would share just a few more photos of spring here in the foothills. We have had only 2″ of rain since December and it started to rain last night which will cause the wildflowers to start showing their amazing faces. I am patiently waiting so that I can share photos of all their lovely faces with you! Here are a few more spring blooms in my neck of the woods!

In the backyard…

Nectarine

Nectarine

A white daffodil

A white daffodil

Forsythia

Forsythia

Plum blossoms

Plum blossoms

Peach

Peach

Unknown

Unknown

I hope that you have a wonderful Wednesday! Thank you for visiting with me today!

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This week’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge is to go outdoors capture the “beauty of spring in all its glory!” And here in the Sierra Foothills signs of spring are all around us! Let’s go and check it out, shall we?

Let’s head into the fruit orchard first. My nectarine tree is in full bloom, and the flowers are glorious! Not only do they bear the color of the fruit to come, but their gentle petals remind me of a lovely flouncy skirt.

Flouncy skirts

Flouncy skirts

Nearby my Elberta peach is budding out with a few of their flowers just opening. The flowers are just asking for you to lean down and take in their lovely aroma!

The peach beckons

The peach beckons

My almond tree is also in full bloom, and the lovely white with shades of pink draw you in.

The almond tree blooms

The almond tree blooms

My apricot tree is already done with flowering and is now starting to set its fruit.

The apricot is setting fruit

The apricot is setting fruit

Inside the orchard is my vineyard. We recently pruned back the canes to allow the plant to put its energy into producing fruit and I notice that one of the canes is weeping.

The recently pruned grapes weep

The recently pruned grapes weep

Nearby the orchard is an area of native plants, and it is the buck brush that is now in bloom, throwing its fragrance and loads of pollen into the air!

Buck brush up close

Buck brush up close

Heading back in towards the house I can see that my helleborus is still going crazy! Here is a shot with newly opened blooms and fading blooms. Both are amazingly gorgeous!

New and fading flowers

New and fading flowers

With hundreds of daffodils around my yard, here is a shot of one opening up.

Flowers open

Flowers open

And here is what this bud will look like once it opens.
Happy daffodils

Happy daffodils

How is spring showing its face in your yard? You too can share with others what is happening with spring where you live by entering this photo challenge. Just click here!

I hope that you enjoyed these spring photos and thank you for stopping by today! Have a great Thursday!

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I find myself itching to start getting ready for the spring season. I have done some clean up in the vegetable bed, but what really needs work is the greenhouse. Come and take a look with me…

The greenhouse before

Pots are strewn around, tools are in no particular spot, and dead weeds abound from the rock floor. If the weather continues the way that it has this season, I need to get this place in order! So, I straightened up and organized!

Cleaned up

and ready to use!

Now let’s take a look at what I am planning on putting in!

This coming season's vegetables

My mouth is already watering thinking about all the different flavors that my garden will produce. Did you notice the potatoes? The first year we lived here I grew Kenebeck potatoes and they made for some really tasty fries! This year I will be growing these in special potato pots!

Maybe you noticed that there are no tomato seeds. I have a source for heirloom tomatoes and I get these as early as possible.

Stay tuned for future posts as I take you through getting started this growing season, and follow along as it progresses!

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What I like about spring is seeing everything burst back into life! Come revisit spring 2011 with me!

Almond Delight

A blossom from my almond tree

Rhapsody in Blue

The Vinca burst forth in a glory of blue!

Pink Passion

Nothing is sweeter than Nectarines!

It's a Honey of a Bee

A study of a honey bee in broccoli.

Dandy Dandelion

A dandelion close up!

Swimming in Salmon

A salmon colored daffodil.

Rosemary Explosion

The rosemary starts to bloom.

Enjoy the visit? Come back to see Spring 2012!

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