Monday, April 11, 2011

French Fries and Katydid

About a week ago my blogging friend Katydid over at Katydids Kountry Life wrote a post called "I've Been Framed".   She showed a creative way of using a wooden frame.  I thought I would show what I did using an old dresser mirror frame. 
I bought the frame and mirror at an estate sale for $7.  I removed the mirror and hung the frame in my entry way.  In the middle I hung my favorite saying...

You can see Katydids post by clicking here

Every spring my daughter will come to the house and say "Mom, you have french fries growing on your house"!!

The french fries are actually seed pods from our maple tree.  They fall this time of year and get caught in the screen on the guttering.  Now I need to get out the ladder and pull all those french fries out. 

The bridal wreath spirea has started blooming this week.

And the fronds from my Cinnamon Fern are starting to open.  This plant will be 3 foot tall and 3 foot wide by the end of the summer.  

This is the first little frog I have seen this year.  He decided to rest on the rim of a pot of hostas. 

Until next time,

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Elephant Exhibit at the OKC Zoo

Around mid-March the Oklahoma City Zoo opened a new exhibit that houses their elephants.  Because of the crowds my mother and I visited the exhibit after it had been opened a few weeks.  Here are a few of the pictures I took using my IPhone.

When you first walk into the pavilion there is a covered seating area and stage where the elephants "perform" once a day.  I snapped my Mothers picture standing at the top of the stadium area.
This is a huge complex.  There is an area where the elephants can be kept inside including a large indoor play area for them.  One of the elephants is pregnant and the baby will be born soon.  It appears they have all the medical equipment needed for the birth.  Everything is accessible by ramps. 

The elephants have a big pond to cool off in during the heat of our summers.

There is a tall water fall that flows down into the pond.  You can see the elephants in the background.  They have a lot of room to roam.

I took this picture in the Oklahoma Trails exhibit.  There is simply a piece of glass between me and the cougar.  It looks like he is walking right through the glass but he is actually turning a corner. 

I am partial but the OKC zoo is a great zoo.  There are so many areas where you are literally standing next to a wild animal.  How often can you get this close to a bear and still be safe?

This is my attempt at a self portrait of me and mother.  We are a little wind blown as it has been terribly windy lately.  So from windy Oklahoma we say "so long for now".

Until next time,

Sunday, April 3, 2011

It is already getting hot!!

April 3rd and it is already 90 degrees.  This is not a good sign of what's to come this summer.  Spring is in bloom or starting to bloom.  Here are a few pictures I took in the garden this week.
It is extremely dry here, oh my we need some rain.   I have start running the drip irrigation in the potager.  The peonies are in bud, soon to be in full bloom.

The bleeding heart is blooming.  I just love this flower.

For the last 2-3 weeks the red bud trees have been blooming. 

The chives are starting to bloom. 

This is a Oak leaf Hydrangea that is just starting to leaf out. 

Ajuga is a very low growing perennial ground cover that blooms each spring.

The Japanese Maple leaves are crimson red (Go Sooners) and yes that is frost on the leaves. 

It is amazing a plant can survive when the weather increases or decreases by 40 degrees in 1 day!

Until next time,