So many beautiful flowers, bees, birds and splendor!

The garden's structure, so lovely.

Each season is a treasure.

Such beautiful colors!

With the change of season, has come a change in our lives.  

 

The COVID-19 virus has changed the way we go about our daily routines with the people we love, know and work with.

 

We are following the Governor's Phase Two Guidelines for "Botanical Gardens" which is found, starting on page 32, of the following document.  We, of course, reserve the right to make further requests from our visitors, as stated on our home page. 

 

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Two-Guidelines.pdf 

 

The Blue Jays, Robins, Morning Doves, and Cardinals are all making plans for new broods.  The male Goldfinches' feathers have turned to lemon yellow; while the female Goldfinches' feathers are refreshed in the olive green coloring to protect her in her nest. 

 

For the last week or so, we have enjoyed the Tree Swallows' choice of birdhouses and their mating rituals.  The Bluebirds are a little more shy about that sort of thing. 

 

The other migratory favorites have returned as well...the Wood Thrush, Eastern Towhee, 

Catbird and all the woodpeckers are staking out their territory for nesting.

 

Unfortunately, the horrible Grackles are back,  They impose themselves upon all the other birds by stealing nesting sites, muscling in at the bird feeders or squawking at the other birds.  I am always happy to see the crows come and steal their eggs or babies!

 

As you prepare for your garden this season, please take a moment to watch this video about neonicotinoids. 

 

"One see coated with neonicotinoid pesticides is enough to kill a songbird like Blue Grossbeak.  Avoiding these and other pesticides in your home and garden can make a difference."      https://abcbirds.org/neonics

 

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanBirdConserve/videos/391859614988157/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

"And myriad leaves, on which the Summer wrote
Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strown."

—Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

 

"And myriad leaves, on which the Summer wrote
Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strown."

—Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

"And myriad leaves, on which the Summer wrote
Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strown."

—Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

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