Wednesday, March 7, 2012

While Waiting for the Birds to Bathe . . .

This morning I spent a little time in the garden.
Every day there's something new happening out there ... flowers popping out of the earth, trees going from bud to bloom in the wink of an eye, fresh air blowing and birdies singing their little hearts out.  I don't want to miss any of it so I try to get out there for a little walkabout to see what's new on a daily basis. 

Today after my little walk, I filled the birdbath for the first time since last fall and then went in the house to do some work.
It wasn't long until I saw a lot of activity outside at the birdbath.
I watched robins followed by a blue jay, a cardinal, more robins and then a huge blackbird all splashing around in there.  I tried to take some pictures through the window, but decided I'd probably get better ones if I went back outside.

So I headed back out and sat on the patio ... very, very quietly.
I waited and I waited and didn't see a single bird bather.

I was getting a bit bored so I tiptoed back into the house to fetch a few tiny vases and a pair of scissors.

This wee little vase is the perfect size for a few pansies.
A week or two ago this plant had 3 blossoms on it.
I fed it with liquid fertilizer once, trimmed the dead leaves off and it is covered in blooms now.

My sister and I bought this vase at an antique shop in Michigan.
It was in the early spring and we were at our wits end with the long winter.  The shopkeeper had it sitting by the cash register with a few pansies in it.  We named it Pansy Man.

Once Pansy Man was filled with pansies, I checked out the birdbath.  Nary a bird in sight so I tiptoed back into the house and prepared a cup of hazelnut coffee.

While enjoying my coffee, I filled the other little vase with some rosemary and tete a tete daffodils.

Time for another birdbath check ...
not a one to be found ... I guess I scared them away or maybe they are just shy.

Either way, it was time for me to get back in and get to work.
On the way back in I noticed a pansy in a place that I hadn't planted it and thought it was so pretty.

Wouldn't you agree?


  1. My birds always fly away once I get my camera too!
    I like your Pansy Man. He looks especially happy today now that he is filled with his pansy bounty.

  2. Everything about this post and your blog site is just plain ol' pleasant.

  3. Oh i can not wait to get some pansies, I cut them and bring them in too! I like your pansy man.

  4. I love your Pansy Man and the boot vase filled with the happy little pansies! Your grass in the background is very green. Ours has a long way to go yet or so it seems. It will green up fast before long, I know.

  5. This is the time of year when I really, really understand the allure of moving from the Northeast (which I love, and where I'm sure I'll always live) ... you're picking pansies, and we have snow in the forecast! At least I can enjoy your garden from afar.

  6. Oh Kim, the signs of Spring that you have shared are such sweet blessings! I hope that your day is filled with simple blessings! Hugs ♥ Teri

  7. I'm not having birdies on my balcony like I did last year. Not sure what they are doing but I sure can hear them out there tweeting and see them flying about all day long. I must give my plants some fertilizer -- even though it isn't very hot, they still dry up pretty fast. I'd like to see more blooms. Hope you are having a great week. Tammy

  8. Signs of spring all over the place! Love seeing your pansies and the pretty planters you have.

    (I'm feeling a bit better...still icing and stretching...I'm getting off the computer after this comment. Boy, can I ever tell that I need something more ergonomically correct than I have.)

  9. Yes, it's beautiful! Your little vases are so cute!

    I think that Robins have the best time in bird baths. They seem to really get in there and splash around. I love to watch them.

  10. Hi Kim,
    Your blog today just really brightened my day! Wow! All the beautiful colors, springy flowers, ooh la la! I just smiled the whole time!
    I also looked back at the post about the North Carolina garden walk and the picture with the patio table caught my eye. That's my deck table and chairs! And it really got me longing for Spring to remove them from their covers and bring them out.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings of warm weather!

  11. What beautiful pictures! Love the birds! And your flowers are so pretty! Enjoy your weekend!

  12. Yes Kim, I would agree with you, that pansy is pretty. The Pansy Man is the perfect vase for your pansies. You sure do add beauty to what is already lovely. I like the quiet way you captured the birds too.

  13. I love pansies! Your little vases look so pretty filled with spring flowers! Our trees are starting to bloom. Spring has arrived!

  14. Hi Kim! Love your pansies! I wish we could plant pansies, but not yet. I am going out to fill my bird bath. Maybe some brave little chickadees will have a splash or two!


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