Starts with P
P is for pink! This is the first non-crocus flower that has begun to appear in my garden. It is the flower of Daphne mezereum, which has a common name in some places of February Daphne. It would be really nice if we had flowers in February here, but we don't. So it's April Daphne to me! Also, the flowers are in a format that is called a panicle. A panicle is a group or cluster of flowers, rather than a single flower form. You often see panicles on grass crops like oats.
Daphne mezereum is native to all of Europe, as well as the Caucasus, Turkey, northern Iran, and parts of Siberia. It is very hardy, which is why it does well here. The flowers come out first and the leaves will follow later in the spring. Unfortunately, all parts of this plant are very toxic, so I need to be sure the goats and sheep never get to it!
P is also for purple. The purple crocuses are really spectacular now - in large groups and sporting their lovely orange stigma - the bees love them at this time of year.
So, I was very excited today because I finally (FINALLY!) got a picture of an owl. I had it in my head that today was the letter O, and I thought it was just perfect. Then when I went to check the prompts, I realized that today was letter P. So, my owl picture has become my week's favourite. I have been trying for many weeks to take a picture of an owl. I keep hearing them in my woods and even wrote a separate blog post about the owls thwarting my efforts. Today, my effort finally paid off. I was actually helped by some crows who were mobbing this poor owl, so they tipped me off to its location. I had been hearing a barred owl in the woods, but this one is actually a great horned owl. It was very high in the tree, and there were a lot of intervening branches, so it was a difficult shot, but at least it's recognizable. I hope to get a better picture in the future. The owl was watching me and I knew it was already upset by the crows, so I didn't want to stress it out even more. I took my picture from a distance and thanked the universe for such a wonderful gift.
Today I took a picture of Marc's feet. He was up on the ladder working in the garage, so his feet were at my eye level. That made them a convenient photo subject!
He is continuing his work on the outbuilding that will become his workshop. Today he was installing two lamps that will be over a workbench. They are vintage lamps that he purchased at an antique shop.
Hopefully they will be just what he needs for proper illumination. Bulbs will help, I'm sure!