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Garden progress: Equinox update [20100321|22:13]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Since the weather was shockingly cooperative this weekend, we spent most of it outside. I'm pleased to be able to provide photographic evidence that a good deal more of our 565 bulbs survived the long, cold winter and are beginning to bloom.

Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop)

Narcissus sp. (tete-a-tete)

Tulipa sp.

Felis domestica aka Helpful Cat Iz Helpful

Tulipa sp.

Hyacinth? not planted by us.

Chionodoxa (glory-of-the-snow)

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica

Blokus & Felis

Polyanthus sp.

Felis domestica var. saepe aka Fencecat

Pelophylax ridibundus(?)

Our garden is a hive of activity at the moment, and not just when we're in it weeding, digging, planting or painting the shed. We've confirmed the presence of the following species in our pond, all of which have their attentions divided between stuffing their faces and reproducing. Mostly reproducing at the moment.

  • Frogs (Pelophylax, green, uncertain which variants)
  • Common toad (Bufo bufo)
  • Common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)
  • Golden tench (Tinca Cuvier tinca, introduced by us)
  • Blue orfe (Leuciscus idus, introduced by us)
  • Water snails (Lymnae sp.)

I've always liked observing flora and fauna, but I've never been so methodical about it before. The bloke has learned most of the Latin genera and species for common plants and trees in Britain. We're just beginning to do the same for birds, amphibians and mammals.

[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2010-03-22 02:00 (UTC)
Pretty! I love the glory of the snow! Tulips are my favorite flower.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-03-23 17:33 (UTC)
There are more tulips coming up now. I'm looking forward to watching them flower. These first ones got a bit frostbitten and nibbled by slugs, I think, so I think the next crop will be stronger.
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[User Picture]From: enterlinemedia
2010-03-22 02:27 (UTC)
I see the cat is in a state of shock as he is carried to the mail box or that may be his unfazed stare
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-03-23 17:34 (UTC)
To be honest, he's a bit dopey. I think he's just spotted something that moves, which could be me, the camera, an insect, a frog, the other cat...who knows.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-03-22 03:32 (UTC)
There is nothing cuter than kittens playing in the garden.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-03-23 17:35 (UTC)
It's hilarious when they play-fight. One of them will flatten himself in the grass (because a black cat is camouflaged so well by green grass) and then ping up and jump on the other, who was waiting for him. Hours of entertainment.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-03-25 02:30 (UTC)
You should video tape them if you ever get the chance. I find kitten play very funny and cute of course.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-03-22 03:43 (UTC)
How long did it take you to plant that many bulbs?! And what a cool backyard! How big is it and did you create the pond yourselves? How do the kittens like the other animals?

I love that these are such well done photos, and that you put a little bit of artistry in them!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-03-23 17:38 (UTC)
It took a couple of weeks. There were some existing beds that had to be dug over & composted before we could plant, but then there were still so many that we ended up digging more.

It's over 120 feet long, and the pond was there when we bought the place. It needed to be re-lined, though, as the lining had been torn by all the debris falling into it from the surrounding neglected jungle that filled the place.

Also, thank you. I don't have time to be nearly as meticulous as I'd like with my photography, but as I'm trying to archive quite a large project, I have to sacrifice my particularity just to keep the record going.
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2010-03-22 07:35 (UTC)
I really love the photo of the Puschkinia...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-03-23 17:40 (UTC)
Thank you. That's my favourite too. Definitely the most successful composition and the focus is spot-on. That's the most challenging aspect of photography for me, as my eyes don't work properly.
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2010-03-22 16:24 (UTC)
Those pictures are GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing. I wish I had a yard!

And that cat just gets more stunning with every picture!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-03-23 17:46 (UTC)
Thank you. It's been wonderful, having all this space.

He's a handsome cat, and he knows it too. You should see the shameless purring and weaving to get the gooshy food in the morning.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2010-03-24 00:41 (UTC)
Yay, Narcissus is the harbinger of spring! I remember the first ones poking their little heads out. Woot.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-03-24 16:44 (UTC)
Yes, there are so many more out now! I have to take more pictures.
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