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Spring is well underway here in Yakima, and the birds and bees are doing what comes naturally. So are all the flowers, which are popping up all over the place. Just walking around our front yard this past week, I was able to see quite a few beautiful blooms on display.

Most noticeable are the tulips that are around our driveway. Our bigger pink tulips have all bloomed out now, but the smaller ones that are a variety of colors are out in full force. I think my very favorite one is the red surrey with the fringe on top.

Lace-Fringed Tulip

Some of these beautiful Red Lace-Fringed Tulips are coming up in amongst the Baskets of Gold, and the color contrast is absolutely stunning.

Another one of my favorites is the Purple Tulip that we have in front of the porch. These little guys are having a time fighting their way through our mass of Variegated Solomon Seal plants.

Not to be outdone is the two-toned Peaches & Cream Tulip. I don’t know what the actual name of this one is because there are a bazillion different tulip variations, but that’s what I like to call it. It is a beauty.

“Peaches & Cream” Tulip

The tulips aren’t the only things blooming. Our Lilac bush is busting out with blooms all over, and they smell so sweet. We have seen several different kinds of lilac bushes in the neighborhood on our walks, and most of them are a much lighter color. Ours is a very deep purple, with each flower outlined in white. I found the name of this one online, it is the Sensation Lilac, and the white edging is very distinctive on this particular bush. I think it lives up to its name.

Sensation Lilac

We have seen some bees around the yard already, but the plants that they really flock to, the Catmint and Salvia, are not blooming yet. One good note, though, is that at the end of the growing season last year, I found three new Peony plants coming up near the one I had. They have survived the winter and are now growing up. Here is a short video showing the baby peonies, with Mama peony at the end.

We’ve had some bird activity around the yard, too. The back bird feeder has been getting visits from the male Red-Winged Blackbirds a lot lately. They usually descend upon it in the evening in groups of three to five or six birds. We see the females a lot less often, but I did manage to catch a group of them a couple of days ago. Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch…

Our favorite Quail couple is still visiting us almost every evening, and sometimes during the day. Mrs. Quail has even been seen up on the bird bath, drinking her fill of water. I love the way the male stays right at her side to protect her. I imagine that she is carrying his babies, or will be soon. When I started to take this video, I couldn’t see the female at first because she was ensconced in a dirt hole. She looks so happy to be getting a dirt bath!

Linda spied our little Ruby-Crowned Kinglet yesterday, but I wasn’t fast enough with my camera to get a picture of him. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled the next few days in hopes that he will put in another appearance. He is so cute, I hate to miss him when he passes through!

I think Summer Girl may be getting tired of us being around the house All. The. Time. She has gotten quite fussy when I interrupt her daydreaming to take her picture. If she keeps on, she will lose out her spot in the Parting Shot to one black labradoodle…just sayin’.

That’s it for this week, my friends. Remember: stay home, stay safe, and wear a mask when you go out…oh, and wash your hands! See you back here next week.

Published by Peg

In 2007, my partner and I decided to pull up stakes from North Carolina, where I had lived all my life, and move to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her family. When I retired, I decided to write a blog because I had always wanted to be a writer, but somehow never found the time for it while I was working. I figured that writing a blog would give me the chance to share my thoughts with others, and also combine my interest in writing and photography in one place.

12 thoughts on “AH, SPRING!

  1. I love the name of your blog and the lovely pictures. Enjoy the spring. I live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the birds have been many and varied.


    1. Thank you! Took a trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway once, it was so beautiful even though it was very foggy. I miss the birds of the Eastern Seaboard, so many different kinds.


  2. From NC to the Yakima area – talk about culture shock! I’m also an east coast native. I grew up in various northeast towns and most recently lived in NYC. (I lived in western NC for a year, too – where were you in NC?) My partner and I moved to the Seattle area in 2012 (then up to Fidalgo Island in 2018). In our case, the family was left back east but my son ended up moving to Seattle so that helped. You must be having a great time exploring new places (when you can!). And gardening – I’m envious of your lilacs and Solomon’s seal! The tulips look wonderful. Peonies! They may take a while but it will be worth it. Thanks so much for the follow and good luck with the new blog. (I agree that the bird life is not as exciting but there are always trade-offs!) 🙂


    1. Yes, it was definitely cultural shock! I lived in Lumberton, NC. I left what little family I had, a sister and some cousins, but was finally able to go back to visit last year. We’ve actually been here in WA for 13 years, but I will always be a Southerner at heart. I’ve been writing a blog for 3 1/2 years now, but just decided to move it over from Blogspot to WordPress. Glad to “meet” you and I just found your blog but love it so far!


  3. Maybe I had a peony that I pulled up…it didn’t look like either of the two I already have. I’ll go and find it and see if I can put it back in the dirt again!!! Good thing we’ve had rain and it hasn’t been hot much this weekend!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Though I do admit to having serious tulip envy… no matter how many I plant they never take.
    We had snow yesterday, so spring isn’t quite blooming here yet.

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  5. I have never been to the USA, but have blogging friends near Seattle, and in the Carolinas, so appreciate the difference in your move.
    Many thanks for following my blog.
    Best wishes to you both from England, Pete.

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