Wednesday, 31 August 2011

ABC Wednesday G in my Garden


In spring we have grape hyacinths (muscari) in the garden. This year we grew them in window boxes. 
This one was still developing its colour.
 We see Green woodpeckers (Picus viridis) occasionally in the garden but they are more often heard than seen
Greater spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major) come frequently to the feeders and bring their young along, too.
Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) sometimes come to fish from our pond. They are very wary and we have never managed to photograph them in the garden. Barry took this photo at a local nature reserve.
We have perennial geraniums, often called cranesbill because the seed pods are said to resemble a crane's bill, in blue  . . .
 . . .and pink. 
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21 comments:

  1. your garden is beautiful, the top flowers are interesting!

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  2. We have a woodpecker here around, I can hear it, but I have never seen it !

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  3. I esp love the grape plant

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  4. Gorgeous pictures, I've never seen greater sotted woodpecker, I'll know what it is now if ever I do see one in my garden :o)

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  5. I am envious! I see lots of green woodpeckers but never a spotted one.

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  6. Great collection of G-words and photos. I love cranesbill geraniums and have several versions in my gardens too. The grey heron looks quite a lot like a Great blue heron. I will Google them to find out more.

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  7. Your flowers are lovely and I can't say I've ever seen a green woodpecker, something new to me.

    Thanks for your visit today.

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  8. Fantastic photos! I love woodpeckers.

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  9. Oh I'd love to have herons visiting me on a regular basis! Lovely G arden!

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  10. Wonderful to have the Grape Hyancith this late in the year.
    Beautiful flowers. I love the perennial geraniums in pink and blue.
    I can see why you seldom see the green woodpecker. It would be completely camouflaged if not for its red topknot.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  11. I love the star shape on the hyacinth. Lovely woodpecker; it is much different than the ones we have here. I used to see herons in Vancouver all the time. I saw one eat an eel or a snake! I've only seen one here in Kelowna. Great photos.

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  12. Great garden post. I love the grape hyacinth and may try to grow one indoors next spring. The birds are best grown outdoors. :)

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  13. Hello , nice to see a new name on my blog.. thank you for your lovely comment.

    Your photos are brilliant, I have never seen a Green Woodpecker either. Great to see so many birds in the gardens.

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  14. Wow , your garden is like a paradise.

    ABC Wednesday at my page, please come and see. Have a wonderful day!

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  15. I'm Going to Go out on a limb and Guess that you have an absolutely Gorgeous Garden! :-) Your bird Guests must think so too.

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  16. I see grape hyacinths in others' gardens around here and keep meaning to put some in. I must do that this year.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  17. I saw a lot of that blue geranium when I was in England last. They are so beautiful en masse -- especially against the green grass in the rain.

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  18. What a lovely garden you have. I can understand why you rarely see the Green woodpeckers, he is well camouflaged. Cranesbill is one of my favorite flowers, I have the blue and would love to add the pink variety to my garden.

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  19. You've garnered a great collection of g's here and good to see Musacari, a reminder that Spring wil come again
    p.s. even your word verification is a g for gaskerli

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  20. We too here in Texas have grape hyacinths in early spring (usually March). They are among the very first flowers to bloom and are one of my favorites.

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  21. Beautiful shots. LOVE the carnations and the woodpecker. They are usually so pretty, but we had one near our house (thank goodness near not on or in) and the noise of the pecking can get pretty insane.

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