Beautiful Snowflake Viburnums

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Photo of Snowflake Viburnums

These are my favorite of all bushes in our gardens .... the Snowflake Viburnums. They seem to love our Pacific Northwest climate, growing fast and thick to a height of about eight feet. Perfect for privacy in Spring and Summer, they also enhance our compost bin each fall when the leaves drop. These offer protection for nesting birds and are a back yard delight.

Winner winner...

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Photo of chicks on roost

Introducing the second graduating class of 2018! This is our second run of chicks this season. Here, they are pretty chicks all in a row ... Having finally learned how to fly up onto the roost!!

Beekeeping, 2018

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Photo of Jim inspecting comb

After two devastating winter losses, here we go again ...

This photo was taken at the tail end of a hive inspection - here, I am inspecting a piece of burr comb I removed from the hive to see if there are any eggs (or worse, a queen bee) on it.

"Burr comb" is extra comb the bees build inside the hive. It's important to remove it regularly so they don't impede your ability to move/remove frames from the hive and to keep things neat and orderly. :)

Water droplet on Lupine

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Photo of water droplet on Lupine flower

While walking through the gardens with my wife this morning, this caught my eye ... a water droplet held in place on a Lupine flower. Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine (North America), is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. The genus includes over 200 species, with centers of diversity in North and South America.

Birdhouse Cam

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Photo of bird near birdhouse

I have a webcam right near the entrance of a birdhouse on our garden shed and, quite often, get some rather remarkable pictures. Here's one from last weekend! :)