Monday, May 29, 2017

Hawthorns, Purple Martins, and Foxglove



Hawthorn trees are in bloom, with a white and green loveliness that seems bridal. I think Anne of Green Gables would loved them. 



On docks throughout our region, conservationists have been encouraging purple martins to rebuild their population by providing houses for them. The program seems to be successful. When we were out on Sidney Island, pairs of martins chattered, swooped in and out, and seemed very at home on their perches. 


In my garden the foxglove is blooming. She stands taller in the morning freshness than in late afternoon. We've had some very warm weather, but I'm not going to complain at all.


Thyme is blooming, and how the bees flock round. There's a steady buzzing as they fly from the rosemary to the chives to the thyme and back again. 


One more hawthorn photo. So dreamy. They are so delicate and soft looking now, and equally striking in the fall with their rich red berries. A tree for all seasons!

Linking with Mosaic Monday, hosted by Maggie of Normandy Life. 

28 comments:

Elizabethd said...

We planted a pink Hawthorn in our French garden. I hope it is still there. It is such a beautiful flower.

Rosie said...

How beautifyl. Our lanes are frothy white at the moment with the hawthorne hedges and cow parsley on the verges:)

Cheryl said...

Loveliness! It is good that the martins are returning. They are such helpful birds . . . and fun to watch!

Happy@Home said...

I can almost hear the bees buzzing around your pretty flowers. You have captured it all so well. Wonderful that the purple martin project is a success.

cucki said...

Beautiful blooms I love them so much
My heart is happy
Big hugs x

mamasmercantile said...

Glad to hear that the purple martin project has been a success. A joy to see the beautiful blossom.

podso said...

Seems like the weather is too cool or too warm. We also have hot weather suddenly. You photos are great, but the last one especially evokes emotion with its simple beauty.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I love watching those purple martins darting in and out of the nesting boxes and their distinctive call is music to my ears!
I remember going to Newcastle Island Provincial park on our boat where there was a camera inside one of the nesting boxes...our children were younger and they found it fascinating to watch.

Mary said...

I've always loved the hawthorn blossom - brings back childhood memories of the fields around our home in Devon, hedgerows looked snow-covered when hawthorn bloomed.

Things seem to be opening and coloring your landscape now Lorrie - know you are anxious for warmer weather and getting out in that delightful boat I'm sure!

Happy day - Mary

Sylvia said...

Lorrie, Thanks for sharing the blossoms. I love the bird photos as well. I have scoured my neighbourhood to identify where the bird feeders are so I can hopefully catch a few pics of them feeding. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

ellen b said...

Very dreamy for sure. Beautiful photos Lorrie!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

So very pretty! Birds and blooms ... two of my favorite things.

Deanna Rabe said...

Lots of beauty! Thank you for sharing these photos with us!

Dewena said...

We've never had hawthorne shrubs, don't even remember seeing them but these are beautiful. Are hawthornes what make up lots of the tall shrubs that border country lanes in England? For some reason I think I remember reading that. We were so thrilled to see a flock of purple martins moving into the neighbor's martin houses a few weeks ago. It looks toward the pond and it is fascinating watching them soaring and diving in the sky over it. Hope that means less mosquitoes for us.

Summer seems just around the corner, doesn't it?

Mereknits said...

Gorgeous photos my friend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, they all look so beautiful...each pretty Spring bloom. I have been thinking about Anne of Green Gables and want to watch the DVDs soon. I may need to do a weekend marathon soon. Wish we could watch them together! Hugs, Diane

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful blooms...and birds! I am not familiar with the hawthorne bush...must check it out.

Margie said...

Anne Shirley would definitely approve of the pretty Hawthorn blooms!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Foxgloves are on of my favourite flowers, I grew lots in England but just don't have success with them here in Ontario.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your hawthorn blooms really are dreamy looking Lorrie and as Linda said above, foxgloves don't seem to survive in my garden either.
There used to be a lot of purple martin houses around here since we're near an inland lake but I haven't seen any for a long time - a different generation and the new one hasn't picked up on the idea yet.

bj said...

All your blooms are sooo pretty...and what great photos you take.
Thanks so much for your visit...and today is the first day in almost forever that the wind didn't hit 40 miles per hour...and I didn't have time to get out and get my olden hands in the dirt...funeral and other things kept me busy most of day. Hoping the wind takes a hike tomorrow..:)

Maggie said...

Stunning photographs of gorgeous flowers, you can certainly make that camera work wonders! The hawthorns here have flowered, gone for another year and been replaced by pretty elder flowers and Queen Anne's lace. Frothy white blossom perfect for a June bride.

Decor To Adore said...

Truly a gorgeous "White way of delight!" The birds are just beautiful. I have never seen a Martin before. Have a wonderful week filled with sunshine.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Photos are exquisite. Love, love your purple martin close ups.

Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places...
Brenda xox

Poppy said...

Beautiful images of your garden in bloom, Lorrie. The hawthorns are heavenly, and you have captured them so magically, too. How pretty is that pinky-purple thyme!

It's so inspiring to see a project like the ones for the Martins be successful in assisting their population growth!

Have a lovely Thursday,
Poppy

Life Images by Jill said...

oh the start of spring must surely be the most delightful time of year. Enjoy!

Lowcarb team member said...

Your blossoms,
Your birds,

Just lovely to look at, thank you.

All the best Jan

Vee said...

Dreamy...reminiscent of the cool lane that goes behind the house, past the shed, and down behind the barn...yes, I know such a cool green place where the hawthorn grows.