Backyard Snapshot on a Sunday Afternoon ~ 6 May 2012

Bee in the Hawthorne tree loaded with pollen.

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Rose bud.

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Luna head-planting in the catnip.

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Hawthorne blossoms and a bee.

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Lovely chives.

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Lucy in the strawberries.

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A pear in the making.

The Hawthorne Tree is Blooming…and

it hums! 🙂 The bees have found it!! I love to stand under the tree, close my eyes and just listen…it sounds like a big ole bee hive. Smells good too.

How I spent my May furlough day…

Had a furlough day yesterday…didn’t tell my husband (he’d have things lined up for me to do if I did tell him), and since he doesn’t leave for work until 8:30 a.m., I took myself and my laptop over to my sister’s house. Visited the kiddos while they were getting ready for school. IM’d my friend April while she was at work. 8:30 a.m. went home. 🙂

Fiddled around with the computer’s modem for about an hour…that included a very unproductive call with AT&T’s internet tech help, finally I said listen…maybe I’m just not asking the right questions, but I can’t understand you and you are not understanding me so I’m just going to hang up now and go to an AT&T store here in town. Bye-Bye.

Then I went to our community center and voted early for the Washoe County and State primary race.

Met my sister and her boss over at Qdoba for lunch. To the Reno Bead Shop to look for two items…didn’t find them but found something else. 🙂

Made two pairs of earrings…I have two birthdays coming up this weekend.

Finished putting together 9 more Crazy Nine Patch quilt blocks using a pattern from OH, FRANSSON!, for total of 18 8″ blocks.

But 18 blocks is not enough to make the quilt as she made it, so I’m just going to make it this way ~ maybe…probably…unless I change my mind.

Ate a bowl-full of these, the most evil nuts on earth…the California pistachio! Why oh why can’t I just stop at a handful?!

Got two new magazines and one quilt book…I love Hobby Farm Home so I picked up a copy of their URBAN FARM: Sustainable City Living magzine. I’m liking it a lot…may subscribe to it too. Haven’t opened up the MOTHER EARTH NEWS yet. And I’ve only flipped through the patterns of PINWHEEL PARTY by Ellen Pahl…I love all pinwheel quilt blocks!

I noticed that the Hawthorne tree is starting to bloom!

And I think that was about it…for dinner I made a tri-tip, salad and dinner rolls. Wrapped up the night with Antiques Road Show.

All went to bed…except Lucy, who woke up from a nap to commence ‘ripping around the house’ time.

Need Help with Tree/Shrub Identification! NW Nevada

Ok all…I need some help identifying four plants in my yard. Moved onto this property in January so this is the first time I’ve seen these guys.

I’d appreciate any help given! Thanks!

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First one…I’d say was a huge geranium tree. LOL!

NOTE: FOUND IT! SOME SORT OF HAWTHORNE TREE!…one down. 🙂

Next one…tree with pretty white flowers.

Next is a shrub with yellow flowers…it sits between a lilac and that stupid Arborvitae evergreen. The flower reminds me of a sweetpea and dragon-snapper like flower.

NOTE: FOUND THIS ONE TOO! SIBERIAN PEA SHRUB.

And lastly…a tree that is just starting to leaf out. Has strange bark.