It’s Turkey Prime Time

It’s been Turkey Prime Time for a month or so now with our local bird, Tommy, putting on quite a show. Unfortunately for Tommy there aren’t any hens watching his show. Too bad. He’s quite a handsome Tom! The neighbors tell me they see them roosting a few houses away from here in the oak trees. Maybe he’s found a friend or two there.

OMG! Crocuses!!!

The first crocuses of the year have poked their heads out of the frozen tundra.


The temps look good for the coming week and showers are in the forecast. I’d like to declare, “Spring, Spring, Spring is here!!!” but it’s Wisconsin …. I’m hopeful but realistic.

Fabulous spirea and some tiny visitors

The spirea is blooming like crazy this week and looks just fabulous. Spirea has to be one of the most spectacular blooming shrubs. Right? Anyway, I took a few shots and after looking them over guess what I found creeping around in the flowers. Yep, some new little friends enjoying a pollen feast. Spirea flowers are not very big and these fellas are even smaller. What is that insect’s name? Nature is an amazing thing!

Beauty even after the petals have withered and fallen

It’s getting to the end of the Spring bulb season. The tulips that were so fresh and vibrant just two weeks ago here at Ladybird Lane are now, at least from a distance, decrepit and ugly. But if one take a second look, a little closer look, there’s still a lot of beauty after the petals are withered and fallen. And, the plant is still alive preparing itself for next season and producing the next generation.

Buster likes peanuts

Winter thinned out our squirrel population a bit but the ones that remain are hungry. Buster, for example, he likes peanuts … a lot. At first he seems a bit shy but once he thinks you’re not looking he jumps onto the deck and starts his breakfast. He’s usually in a hurry because it usually isn’t too long until his friends show up and the mad scramble for peanuts begins. I guess they know they’re welcome at Ladybird Lane.

Busting out

I noticed that the medium sized allium are opening. Looking at them a bit closer it seems more like the many small florets in the bud are busting out of their cramped accommodations. Indeed, here at Ladybird Lane Spring is busting out all over.


Tulips at Ladybird Lane

The tulips have put on a pretty good show here at Ladybird Lane this Spring, once the snow stopped.

New Beginnings

A couple of weeks ago I was in the backyard here at Ladybird Lane and found rhubarb starting to poke its way out of the ground. This is going to go really well with some raspberries one of these days! That’s the beauty of new beginnings, lots of promise for the future. :-)

Our yummy adventure

Flowers in the front yard here at Ladybird Lane are blooming like crazy. They attract our eyes. Others, however, have found a yummy adventure waiting for them. I was looking at the rock tulips this afternoon and notice a spotted crawly thing, not quite a lady bug, but hungry all the same. Later on while looking over the photos I noticed a couple of really tiny insects way down deep inside a flower munching away to the hearts’ content.

Noisemakers at Olbrich Gardens

I made it to the East Side of town yesterday to have a look at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for the first time this year and this guy and his fellow noisemakers were really active. If you’re in Madison and have a couple of hours to kill this is a great place to do it. What are these blackbirds? The call at times sounded a bit like a red-winged blackbird but the stripe on the wing was barely noticeable. I also thought maybe a grackle or a Brewers blackbird. Any ideas? And how about your favorite bird identification resource?

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