Here’s Looking at You

Cooper's Hawk looking back

Cooper's Hawk looking back

This Hawk was sitting outside in the maple tree when I went out this morning.  It was not much concerned about me, but seemed to be keeping a keen eye on the yard.  Needless to say there weren’t many other birds hanging around.  I would have guessed Broad-winged Hawk from the markings, but they should have long since migrated for the winter.  This one was not large but showed every sign of living hereabouts.  So my best guess is immature Cooper’s Hawk.

Wow!  Did the holidays just race right by.  I started several postings that just never got to fruition.  First there was the Dec 20th snowfall that exceeded all expectations.

The big snow of December 20th

The big snow of December 20th

I had noticed a little snowdrop making an early appearance late on the evening of the 19th and thought (naively) that I would get out early in the morning and snap a picture before the snow got too deep.  Nope.  By the time I got up the snow was deep and getting deeper.  It was a beautiful fluffy snow that was followed by sunshine.  Perfect for sledding.

Our sledding hillside

Our sledding hillside

But when the snow melted after Christmas that little snowdrop was still there looking happy as a clam.

Our first snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Our first snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

And it’s being joined by several others

More Snowdrops on the way

More Snowdrops on the way

The temperatures have been mostly in the thirties daytime and twenties at night so I was surprised to see that the Hellebores are also showing growth.  Ivory Prince in particular seems to be well advanced in putting out its flower buds.

Buds forming on Helleborus x 'Ivory Prince'

Buds forming on Helleborus x 'Ivory Prince'

I can see many instances of the daffodils putting up green tips as well as leucojum and meadowsweet.

New growth from the Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

New growth from the Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

But before I could fully enjoy these newly emerging shoots I had one more task from my Fall planting to accomplish.  The weather had kept me from planting the last of my December discount order from Brent and Becky.  So last Wednesday, just before the year ended I went out on a freezing day and put in 50 daffodils (Beautiful Eyes).  The ground was frozen on top but once I broke through the surface with the auger it was easy to put in one last swath of daffodils.  The hardest part was kneeling on the frozen ground.

The last daffodils planted for the season

The last daffodils planted for the season

Though I certainly pushed these to the limits of the planting season, I was ready to plant more when I finished.  But I guess I should focus on the seed catalogs next.

The other planting was our Christmas tree.  Here’s what it looked like for Christmas on the inside.

Christmas tree at night

Christmas tree at night

And then after planting at the bottom of the 2nd pasture.

2009 Christmas tree planted

2009 Christmas tree planted

Now to those seed catalogs  🙂

4 comments on “Here’s Looking at You

  1. Noelle (azplantlady)

    Wow! You received a lot of snow. It is beautiful. I am glad to hear that the lone snowdrop survived and that more are on the way. I just love this little flower that would never grow here.

  2. Les

    Good to see that beautiful winter weather did not keep you house bound. I still have bulbs to plant but it is way too cold for me to enjoy working in the garden. Hope you have a great New Year.

  3. jo

    Hiya John,
    I came looking for your Picture This. Are you not playing this month?
    Nice to see the Xmas tree planted. Hope it will be happy there.
    Those two red chairs are very photogenic, both with and without snow.
    I like your slideshow and said ‘hello’ to the flowers in the sunglasses 🙂

    1. jw

      Oh, I’ll get to the January Picture This contest. Still trying to think of which picture I want to use to Match the Winter Beauty theme.
      The red adirondack chairs have been an unexpected pleasure all year long.