March 9, 2012

Spring Gratitude ~ Kitchen Window Blessings



The view from my kitchen window on a quiet, rainy Friday brought unexpected blessing.


Even during steady rainfall a bird has to eat...


 The coffee root sculpture proves to be the perfect spot to perch while awaiting a turn at the feeder.


This is a first.  These finches usually prefer the sanctuary of the native persimmon tree across the yard but today there is no shelter from the rain in the bare-branched tree.  Nestled under the eave of the garage, the coffee root is nice and dry.

Interesting.  I never know what is going to become a favorite of the wildlife that visits my garden.  I'm happy they like this little piece of whimsy as much as I do.


The columbine Aquilegia chrysantha is soaking in this gentle, welcome rain.   Suddenly, doing the dishes isn't such a chore...

I love spring.








32 comments:

  1. that is really cute! all clustered together on the root. :)

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  2. I love your garden art!!! That is beautiful...and the way the birds all hang out on the wooden rays if really cool! Would love to have one of those rainy days:)

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  3. Adorable. I'm going to have to get a coffee root sculpture to go along with my finch feeder:) Your columbines are beautiful.

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  4. I think even I could be persuaded to do the washing up if it meant looking out at this view!
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  5. I just finished reading Our Life in Gardens (Eck & Winterrowd), and they talk about fighting over who would get to do the washing up after lunch, because the view out the kitchen window was so beautiful. Your view is a delight!

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  6. What a lovely scene: the birds perching on your coffee root sculpture. Darling.

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  7. Oh that coffee root sculpture is right up my alley! I understand why the birds love it. Your columbine are so lovely! Mine haven't started blooming yet...a few more weeks to go! I am so glad you are enjoying so many spring blooms...it just took a little rain to bring them out!

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  8. I was watching the finches today, too, a nice break from chores! But now I need to get them a cute perch like yours. Just precious. What a totally wonderful day. Thank you for capturing it.

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  9. I love finches. :o) We have a lot of them. They are such clowns. I love how unpredictable wildlife is. I once had a bird hop onto my rain barrel and drink from the rain downspout like it was a faucet. Very funny to watch. Beautiful columbine!

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  10. Don't you just love Spring rain?? The finches look adorable waiting for their turn at the feeder and I simply love the sculpture!

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  11. Very attractive sculpture... and the birds are 'well trained'...

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  12. What seasonal delights..that columbine is exquisite and those finches adorable..happy spring....we have snow again but warming tomorrow for the week..

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  13. How wonderful to get your much needed rain! I love that image of the birds staying dry.

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  14. The sculpture is just lovely - I'm so pleased to have found your blog!

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  15. The yellow columbine is really lovely but of course all those pretty little birds clustered together is absolutely charming my pants off. What a delightful sight to see on a rainy day.

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  16. que bueno que tantos pájaros visiten tu jardín! A mí me encantan!!! un abrazo grande.

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  17. Love those birds. And, the Columbine. I had lots of it, in my old garden. Haven't gotten it to grow here, but I won't give up.
    Hope you're enjoying this rain.

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  18. Thank God for the rain!!! All those birds sitting there together look too cute. What a lovely capture!

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  19. How fun!! I'm sure when you got your sculpture the last thing you thought about is that it would be a bird perch :-) Multitasking yard art! Looks like your columbines are a few weeks ahead of mine. Is that an oak leaf hydrangea behind? I have the same combo in my garden with a few Turk's cap in between. Enjoy the rain!! It is so wonderful. I saw in our paper the other day that the DFW area is officially out of drought status at this point, but I know it could change in a heartbeat this summer.

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  20. Hi Cat ! Would you share where you got your root face ? Myself and a friend have lusted for these after seeing them in New Mexico, but they wanted an arm, a leg, AND a firstborn ! Did you find them somewhere closer ? I'm surprised your columbines are so lush with blooms already. I'm just west of San Antonio and mine have just started. Glad to see you enjoy Rock-Oak-Deer's blog -- she's a sweet garden pal ! And... we're having a plant swap in Manchaca next month if you're interested. Email me, if so.

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  21. Welcome PJ Girl! So glad you enjoyed your visit here!

    @Toni, you're absolutely right; I never imagined the birds would perch there! And yes, that is an oak leaf hydrangea...good eyes. There is also heart leaf skull cap, cast iron, and a dwarf beautyberry nearby. This is the first full season for the hydrangea and I'm really hopeful that it will be happy here- especially with the rain of late. We are still in drought...Lake Travis was about 37% full before the rain this weekend. Hopeful that we'll keep adding to the totals. We've been praying that God will take it back up to 681!

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  22. I just love that root sculpture, and the birds make for a great shot.

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  23. I love spring, too! Seeing those gold finches on your garden sculpture made me smile! Thanks for your delightful post. I also love your columbine!

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  24. Ah, they are so sweet! What great views you have out to where 'flora and fauna' live! (Your yard art is like a "party place" for finches - how cool is that?)

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  25. Look at all of them lined up and waiting to get to the feeder. They are getting their bright yellow colors now too just like you Columbines. How pretty Cat.

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  26. Love the yard art - and how sweet that the finches decided to hang out there to keep out of the rain. Very sweet!

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  27. Wonderful pictures of the birds on the tree root. A happy surprise is always a pleasure.

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  28. How cute! These are precious sites. Sites I cherish in my own garden. I often feel honored and blessed that they find my garden a place to eat, sleep, nest, and visit.

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  29. Oh, I'm so glad to hear you're getting some beneficial rain! I love the Coffee root sculpture--how unique! And the perfect perch for Finches. It just took them a bit of time to discover it. Sweet.

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  30. Hi Cat, My kitchen window looks out on my bird feeders. I agree wholeheartedly that looking out the window and watching my garden visitors makes an everyday chore like the dishes enjoyable.

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
~A.A. Milne

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