2013 Project 365

Project 365/112 – Spring Welcomes Home

Carolina Wren's Nest

Carolina Wren’s Nest

Came home to a brisk and windy spring day. But in the week that we were traveling, spring has officially arrived to the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, a Carolina Wren decided to take residence inside our gardening shed and in short order had a little family.

This year, she somehow managed to move the screen away from the window and tucked her nest between the two. You can just barely see her fuzzy head inside. I’m looking forward to seeing her little ones peek their heads out of their nest.

Madhu of The Urge to Wander asked me if there is a difference between Azaleas andย Rhododendronsย  They are of the same family, but bloom differently. I’m finding that Rhododendrons are more drought hardy then Azaleas, and their blooms are in a flora bunda style.



The garden managed to produce three tulips for me to enjoy. Such bright red beauties.



There is also a small section that has several camellia bushes. Protected from the northern winds, they manage quite nicely.



I had the aspiration of making my garden a productive garden. Planting cherry trees, apple trees, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and a small vegetable garden, spring always brings so much promise of home-grown produce.

Alas, the wildlife have a different idea of my gardening. The fruit trees have been planted for them and they always manage to get my fruit before I do. For some reason, the squirrels love to eat my apples when they’re about a golf ball size and still very green.

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

It’s wonderful to be back home and to enjoy the new treasures in my garden. Hope you enjoyed these spring blossoms as much as I did.


Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox


Canon 7D, 24-105mm, f/4.5, Auto ISO, daylight white balance, aperture priority. Edits in Lightroom 4 and Color Efex Pro 4.


34 replies »

  1. Welcome back. These flowers just brighten my evening and knowing that there is plenty of life in your garden including a wee one. Vivid pictures as ever.

  2. I love the flower photos, and how intricate the wrens nest is, they must be like their cousins the house wrens that like to nest around human structures. I would suggest planting more fruit trees so that there would be enough for you and the squirrels, but the little gluttons never seem to get their fill.

  3. Oh so beautiful!
    Regarding azaleas & rhododendrons. The former are for full sun & are deciduous, the latter are for shade & are evergreen. I don’t know photography, but I know my plants ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a lovely post. You manage to convey the joy of spring unfurling very simply and sensibly. Love it. I have made some real progress with my dreaded essay today so I am celebrating by catching up with some of my WordPress ‘pals’.

  5. Beautiful Emily. The nest was a great find – can’t wait to see the little ones. Your photographs of the blooms are a welcoming site – you got to love natures’ blessing each Spring.

  6. I too came back from France to find a flowering garden (it was freezing when we left 3 weeks earlier). We have apple, pear and cherry trees and a gooseberry bush and really enjoy sharing their fruit with our wild friends: that in itself is a good reason to have them. The squirrels seem to drop nuts that grow into plants I’ve never seen before! I suppose that is a way of repaying what they’ve taken!!! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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