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Penny Lane

Take a stroll with me, please..... 
May 26, 2013 8:40 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2013 6:40 pm

Happy Spring!

This is a blog of few words. 

Just a stroll through my garden. 

A few random thoughts.   

Today, I have had the joy of watching a mother Phoebe teach her babies to hunt in my yard.   She came by herself for months - today she brought her babies - one by one she brought them to visit.  At first, she did all the hunting.  

She showed them what to do and how to do it. 

One by one she taught them to hunt.  

By the end of the day all five of them were swooping, flapping and collecting their own dinner. 

Now, I don't know about you - 

 I need to take a few lessons from these beautiful birds.   



Hibiscus - a gift from my daughter.  


Hydrangea - 

Where ever I have lived I have grown or tried to grow these.  

This is a tribute to my mother who left us too soon but managed to teach me about her love of hydrangeas.  


End of the season, flowers. 



Icelandic Poppies




The end of one season brings the beginning of a new season.


An onion in bloom.   


Globe Artichoke

The beginning of cucumbers.  


Serrano Chilies


Snap dragon volunteers.  

What is that saying?

"Gardening is cheaper than therapy...  
and you get tomatoes too!"
May 26, 2013 9:20 pm
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! [I canNOT see snap dragons without wanting to "snap" them. I showed each of my children how to do that (= I think Mrs. Ridley taught me that in kindergarten (=]
May 26, 2013 9:37 pm
Hi Barb! I know what you mean about those snap dragons - when I was a kid, popping open my step mother's fuchsias was my thing. It must of driven her nuts. "Sorry, Dottie" I didn't mean any harm!
May 26, 2013 10:13 pm
Your yard must be an Eden! That is the biggest thing I miss from my house. Watching the birds and squirrels enjoy the plantings. I love hydrangeas. I made my poor hubby dig soil and add lime so I could have blue and pink. If we ever start having spring like weather here I'll put some pansies and petunias in pots on my terrace but the only birds I'll see are gulls. Thanks for sharing your pictures, I enjoyed the tour.
May 26, 2013 10:54 pm
Hi BSM - it is my little corner of Eden. It is a small lot - but every square inch counts. I love watching the birds, this is the season of the "reckless flyers" New fliers are darting and dashing around, sometimes to their demise. It mimics my own experience in raising my own reckless fliers.
May 27, 2013 1:13 am
I love seeing the changes of the seasons with the different plants in bloom! The catalpa tree blossoms have fallen away now, the last ones are lingering on the tree. Pink wild roses didn't do too well this year, but the ones that came on were beautiful! My pastel lantana is blooming like crazy, and is quite cocolrful right now. I have blue hydrangeas that are ready to bloom Did you know that the soil makes a difference that the color of the hydrangea flowers are? Your photos were wonderful!
May 27, 2013 3:02 am
Lol, B'Nana, MUCH cheaper than therapy! When I lived in Kentucky, I could have hydrangeas. My mom loved them too, along with her peonies. My dad had a vegetable garden that practically fed the neighborhood. The soil in San Antonio is very alkaline, and there is not much of a dormant season here, so I've had to re-learn how to garden. I have some flowering plants, but outside of a few herbs, nothing useful. Your photos are lovely!
May 27, 2013 4:41 am
I'm sure I could consider gardening in my yard therapeutic if I could just conquer all the weeds! My lovely iris are blooming and it's a good thing they are taller than the weeds or I wouldn't see them!
May 27, 2013 4:48 am
Nice photos BN! Cat, my thistle weeds are taller than the daisey! At least we have therapy to last a while! Baby bunny sited in the garden yesterday. Now the battle between feeding them or letting them eat the garden. If only they would eat the weeds!
May 27, 2013 4:53 am
One of my favorite quotes, "God made rainy days, so gardeners could get the housework done". Nice of you to share your garden photos, as much as I love my garden I still love to stroll through the gardens of others.
May 27, 2013 5:20 am
Beautiful photos Baking Nana, thank you for the tour. One day it might stop raining long enough that we could plant also.
May 27, 2013 5:32 am
Enjoyed this a lot!! It's raining here, too.
May 27, 2013 6:04 am
Your pictures are glorious! I hope you enter them at your local fair. This is a wonderful time of year to observe new beginnings in nature. It looks like you have a little slice of heaven!
May 27, 2013 6:39 am
Baking Nana, what beautiful pics! I don't have many flowers and no garden other than my container herbs on the deck as I live in a woods and have little to no sun! I do have some, though and I love every one of them. My favorite are my Virginia Bluebells that my Grandpa and I dug up from his woods when we bought our house 27 years ago. He knew how much I loved them and wanted me to have some for my new house. He was 78 at the time and we had to walk about 1-1/2 miles to where they were growing. He also dug up some Trilliums for me and they are still here, as well. They make me think of Grandpa every Spring when they bloom!
May 27, 2013 8:22 am
Lovely Flowers Baking Nana! Here in Colorado it has been too cold. I am just thinking of planting a few herbs and some flowers. I hope to get started next weekend.
May 27, 2013 9:25 am
Very pretty I was out walking in my yard today with my camera. I love a beautiful spring day like today and a walk around the yard. Your garden looks so nice and I love the bird photo.
May 27, 2013 4:19 pm
OH Baking Nana! How pretty. I love flowers; even the ones on weeds. Somehow, they fill my soul. I did get some flowers planted before we came to Washington. Now, I can't wait to get back so I can plant my garden. I know our season is so much later than yours, so probably seems funny to you, but we harvest up until late fall too! Late October to early November. Love the bird photo too! Thanks for a "Soul-filled" blog!
May 27, 2013 4:58 pm
BN: Hope those little reckless fliers are wreckless.
May 28, 2013 8:18 pm
Beautiful photos and prose, thank you. Here's to hydrangeas!
May 29, 2013 8:39 am
Beautiful flowers, BN. And I love watching the birds here, too. We have robins who nest here every year, and we love watching the babies grow and learn. And your veggies look great, too! I can't wait until I can start harvesting some of mine.
May 29, 2013 1:19 pm
Thanks for stopping in everyone. I have been busy in the garden - the first of the tomatoes are starting to ripen, the artichokes were delicious. The phoebes are all busy keeping the bug population down. Life is good.
May 30, 2013 8:45 am
Good morning - The bird life around our garden is insane. I have lost count of how many bluebirds we have. The late after Mother's Day frost slowed things down but I'll get some photos posted soon. Your flowers are beautiful. We have deer thus we have no flowers other than the roses on the back deck. Have a great weekend BN.
May 30, 2013 11:04 am
Good morning Doug. This morning I picked a peck of serrano peppers. This is last years plant and I planted another one this year. What is the world was I thinking? The jalapenos are coming on strong. The tomatoes need to catch up! I can't wait to see your garden.
May 30, 2013 3:07 pm
I know they're not edible but heck I even killed my bougainvilleas :(
May 31, 2013 6:47 am
It's tough to get a whole lot of color in our landscape once the heat sets in here. Hibiscus will continue to bloom, crotons provide a pop of color, and bougainvillea thrives. I won't grow bougainvillea because it can be deadly to pets. I was working in the yard the other day, and all of a sudden a baby cardinal took a nose dive right in front of me. It may have been its inaugural flight because Mom and Dad were right there squawking and flying around protectively. It picked itself up and headed off for another adventure, really cute. I've been getting a kick out of the pea hens with their babies strolling through the neighborhood. Peacocks are noisy, but they are beautiful. Gardens are a wonder to enjoy, and birds are great fun to watch.
May 31, 2013 7:22 am
lutzflcat - I didn't know that bougainvillea are poisonous to pets. I do know that trimming them back is hazardous to humans! Rusty, I have had bougainvilleas that I tried to kill and couldn't!
Jun. 2, 2013 8:37 am
Just Beautiful! ! Great photos! Those critters are lucky to have a safe haven in your garden :):) Thanks for sharing Penny girl. :()
Jun. 2, 2013 6:40 pm
Hi ! I certainly did enjoy the stroll !! The bird is so sweet. I have never seen one like this. When I saw the hibiscus I told my husband "this is "my" hibiscus !!! It is beautiful,isn't it ? Every time I turn around I am taking a picture of it. I use it as a background on my cell phone. I originaly found the plant at Home Depot and went back and got another one. I love it. Your veggies are beautiful ! You must have "some" garden. I really enjoyed all the pictures. Thanks for sharing !! Joyce
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at BakingNana.com If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site. http://bakingnana.com/contact-me/
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In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
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