Close Up and Far Away
Foretelling of Spring
Did You Hear?
An Eastern Meadowlark, which is becoming rarer in many parts of Massachusetts, visited the Audubon Sanctuary recently.
Eastern Bluebirds flew into town and invited their friends for a feast at the feeders.
Above and Below
The Wildlife Pond is coming alive with the warm weather.
The Mountain Laurel is native to the eastern United States, and was first recorded in America in 1624.
Iris means “rainbow” in Greek.
In Greek mythology, the goddess Iris carried messages from heaven to earth on the arc of the rainbow. Beautiful flowers appeared wherever she set foot on the ground.
Irises in a rainbow of colors are blooming in my garden this week!
The Queen of Shrubs
The easy-to-grow and fragrant lilac was brought from Europe to New England by the early colonists. Today this “Queen of Shrubs” is ubiquitous in Massachusetts.
Better Homes and Gardens notes that:
“Lilacs are known for their hardy nature and long lives—many lilac shrubs live to be more than 100 years old. Because of their life span, they often survive longer than the home of the gardener that planted them. So, if you’re on a country road and see a few seemingly-random lilac bushes, there was most likely a house or farm there in the last century.”
Apple blossoms abound in Central Massachusetts this week!
Tree Swallows, with their deep-blue iridescent backs, are the first swallows to return to Massachusetts in the Spring. They compete with Eastern Bluebirds for nest boxes. These swallows were perched on the bluebird boxes at Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary.
Raspberries and Cream
Yesterday’s Spring snowstorm transformed my azalea bush.