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Early (Early) Spring in Spy Garden

Spy Garden 3.3.17

Spy Garden 3.3.17

Forsythia

Forsythia

Buds galore

Buds galore

February daffodils

February daffodils

I must concede that spring has sprung, which I’m not thrilled about. I really love winter and we definitely got jipped this year…I am still hoping for a deep cold snap (to kill off ticks, squash bugs, etc.!) But of course spring is beautiful and definitely means better (less gray!) pictures to share.

Even scrabble is telling me it's spring!

Even scrabble is telling me it’s spring!

Anyone know what this is?

Anyone know what this is?

I was thinking spinach (that self-sowed) but I don’t remember seeing spindly seedlings (which spinach usually has). I tasted the leaves and they basically taste like lettuce/spinach. Just looking for confirmation that this plant is edible!

In Spy Garden animal news:

Every Bunny was Kung Fu Fighting

Every Bunny was Kung Fu Fighting

The bunnies (all male), were fighting and being really mean to one another (spring hormones?) so now they are all each in their own compartment. I am wondering 1. Why did we get three bunnies? 2. Isn’t that kind of overkill? 3. How would Bun-Bun look as a pair of one-of-a-kind earmuffs? (he is the meanest and really bit/cut up poor Butkus’ ears).

Puff Puff is the nicest

Puff Puff is the nicest

Gronk II

Gronk II

Gronk I met with his end in an unfortunate tank-cleaning incident a few months ago. Gronk II is his replacement. He seems more sprightly than the first one and is quite a challenge to photograph.

New uniforms for baseball (more signs of spring!)

New uniforms for baseball (more signs of spring!)

Bark

Bark

The first peek of asparagus

The first peek of asparagus

Bluebird

Bluebird

Deer at Dawn

Deer at Dawn

Little Bloom

Little Bloom

Glorious plots

Glorious plots

We even found a dead baby snake; which is soooo early for snakes to be emerging. The snake appeared to have been run over.

We think it was a baby copperhead.

We think it was a baby copperhead.

We later “found” it again; in the driveway:

Flattened haha

Flattened haha

"Spring beauty" or "Fairy spud"; so named because it has tiny, edible, potato-shaped roots

“Spring beauty” or “Fairy spud”; so named because it has tiny, edible, potato-shaped roots

Lots of homes

Lots of homes

T-shirts at Forest School (and spot the rebel not wearing the school uniform t-shirt!)

T-shirts at Forest School (and spot the rebel not wearing the school uniform t-shirt!)

Check out the power lines in the background...

Check out the power lines in the background…

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Apparently, they were separating the lines to prepare for replacing one of the power lines.

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And it was quite windy out!!!

Our version of an adrenaline rush! ahaha

Our version of an adrenaline rush! ahaha

Mesmerizing Moss

Mesmerizing Moss

Dexie

Dexie

A very thick white milkglass jar found in the woods

A very thick white milkglass jar found in the woods

Checking out...

Checking out…

Some sort of cocoon

Some sort of cocoon

Bark

Bark

She loves collecting rocks

She loves collecting rocks

Hiking along a dry creek bed near our house

Hiking along a dry creek bed near our house

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Happy Spring!

Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming Parade!

Homecoming Parade!

Marching Band

Marching Band

Highschool Royalty

Highschool Royalty

Unicycling banana!

Unicycling banana!

Getting lots of candy from all the kids!

Getting lots of candy from all the kids!

Basically a bonus Halloween!

Basically a bonus Halloween!

Highschoolers; so adorable!

Highschoolers; so adorable!

Our favorite part of the parade; the Junior Lancers!

Our favorite part of the parade; the Junior Lancers!

Great Lancer sculpture

Lancer sculpture

More candy!

More candy!

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Americana

Americana

Headed to the tailgate

Headed to the tailgate

Ok so I’m pretty sure this was the first actual tailgate I’ve ever attended. I wasn’t totally antisocial in high school but football games weren’t exactly my scene. My attendance at pep rallies and the like was usually an exhausting exercise of peevish skepticism. I guess I was too cynical or too cool for school or something. But as it turns out, this whole football thing; parades and tailgates and knights on horseback; is totally entertaining and fun when you’re not so busy rolling your eyes! While I still have a few years (3!) to vicariously relive the easy breezy, conventional version of high school through our progeny, thus far, I am enjoying it!

Tackling

Tackling

A tough game

A tough game

Running a touchdown against our biggest rival

Running a touchdown against our biggest rival

Of course there are still limits to my abilities to socialize, and so, back to the garden:

Zinnea

Zinnea

Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Dahlias and mums

Dahlias and mums

A Halloween bug!

A Halloween bug!

Some type of aster I believe

Some type of aster I believe

Musquee de Maroc

Musquee de Maroc

The musquee de maroc (winter squash) plant growing up the trellis

The musquee de maroc (winter squash) plant growing up the trellis

I also wear this shirt periodically

I also wear this shirt periodically

So fall

So fall

Lots and lots of spider webs; everywhere!

Lots and lots of spider webs; everywhere!

A delicate web behind the wood pile

A delicate web behind the wood pile

Lots of color

Lots of color

Another Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Another Irish Poet Tassel Flower

The last of the hardy hibiscus blooms

The last of the hardy hibiscus blooms

I've definitely gained a greater appreciation for weeds this year in the garden!

I’ve definitely gained a greater appreciation for weeds this year in the garden!

Our next door neighbor’s had some visitors this weekend…

Peanut

Peanut

and

Mona

Mona

And a few HUGE bunnies!

And a few HUGE bunnies!

About triple the size of ours!

About triple the size of ours!

Our neighbor's have tons of cool antiques

Our neighbor’s have tons of cool antiques

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Dexie & Butkus; twins!

Dexie & Butkus; twins!

A little painted gourd owl decoration (we got this at Cahokia Mounds gift shop)

A little painted gourd owl decoration (we got this at Cahokia Mounds gift shop)

Looking very Halloween-y

Looking very Halloween-y

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Hiking

Hiking

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Dexie checking out Smokey the Bear

Dexie checking out Smokey the Bear

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Thanks for visiting!

Moss, etc.

Moss

Moss

I heart moss

I heart moss

Orange you glad I posted this mushroom picture?

Orange you glad I posted this mushroom picture?

Kind of like an orange scallop

Kind of like an orange scallop

Baby and Aunt Spy taking in some flag football

Baby and Aunt Spy taking in some flag football

Checking out his jersey

Checking out his jersey

Tree Pose

Tree Pose

A creature in the garden!

A creature in the garden!

Tasting the red celery leaves

Tasting the red celery leaves

Ready for Easter

Ready for Easter

Springy

Springy

Tulips (my favorite)

Tulips (my favorite)

A white carrot (overwintered)

A white carrot (overwintered)

Buds and a blue sky

Buds and a blue sky

Turning green

Turning green

Bloody dock

Bloody dock

Dexie in the garden

Dexie in the garden

Dusk

Dusk

Baby ready to head down into the forest on a chilly spring morning

Baby ready to head down into the forest at school on a chilly spring morning

Daffodil...and note the Cindarella coach in the background. Unplugged (and all the other Christmas lights are down) but still in the yard. Its just so sparkling and festive we haven't put it away yet. Hahaha

Daffodil…and note the Cindarella coach in the background. Unplugged (and all the other Christmas lights are down) but it is still in the yard. Its just so sparkling and festive we haven’t put it away yet. Hahaha

One with the garden

One with the garden