spring in the back yard

These pictures were taken in our back yard on Sunday, April 24. The garden changes so quickly this time of year.

The Spanish Bluebells were here when we bought this house in 1994.

Spanish Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells and Hosta ‘Janet’

Honesty and bluebells

bluebells and Hosta 'Janet'

Spring Beauties are one of my favorite spring flowers. The flowers open up on sunny days, and close during cloudy weather and at night.

Spring Beauties

Columbine. These flowers are good at reseeding themselves. And they transplant easily, too, so can be moved if they come up in an inconvenient place.


Back yard

back yard

This clematis climbs on the hydrangea bush.


The flowers on the hickory tree.

hickory tree

The back yard is home to our largest tree. This big oak is either a Southern Red Oak or a Pagoda (Cherrybark) Oak. We’ve had two separate opinions.

big oak in the back yard

Solomon’s Seal in the little woods. This clump sat in place for five or six years and suddenly has decided to start spreading. We’ll be able to move a few bits to other parts of the woods soon.

Soloman's Seal

Friends of ours kindly allow us to host a bee hive in our yard. All the lovely flowers make the bees very happy.

busy bees

I do love this time of year. ~~Rhonda


  1. Genny
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    What is the purpose for the quart jar on the hive?

  2. Posted May 10, 2016 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Genny, from what I understand, in early spring when the bees need a lot of energy to brood, beekeepers will feed them sugar water to give them needed energy until there is a steady nectar source.

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