Thursday, May 29, 2008

more pictures ..Tree Peony

We expect about 60 flowers to bloom very shortly..

But there is rain in the forecast for the next two days.
Hopefully there will be no damage the peony flowers.
After a very cold winter with record breaking snowfalls I was quite anxious to
wait for the plant to recover and starting to show signs of life again.
One large branch was broken but new small branches growing from the base of the plant.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

the first flower of the peony tree...Strauch-Pfingstrose

picture taken May 17, 2008

The peony or paeony (Paeonia) is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America.
Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.5–1.5 metres tall, but some are woody shrubs up to 1.5–3 metres tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer. In the past, the peonies were often classified in the family Ranunculaceae, alongside Hellebores and Anemones.

Die Pfingstrosen (Paeonia), auch Päonien genannt, sind die einzige Gattung der Familie der Pfingstrosengewächse (Paeoniaceae). Die Gattung umfasst 33 Arten. Die bekanntesten Sorten sind Stauden, also mehrjährige krautige Pflanzen; daneben gibt es auch verholzende Arten und Sorten, die meistens als Halbsträucher, seltener als Sträucher wachsen. Pfingstrosen, die man als Zierpflanzen in Parks und Gärten findet, sind fast immer Hybridsorten und keine reinen Arten.
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another crabapple tree is in full bloom..

The crabapple (Malus species) is a beautiful spring-flowering tree that is valued for its flowers, fruit and variations in growth habit and size.
(fall picture)
The small fruit stays on the tree throughout the winter.
When spring arrives, birds like the American Robin feed on the fruit after their winter migration from the south.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis - Die Katzendrossel

Never seen before in our garden....

The Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis is a medium-sized northern American perching bird of the mimid family.
It is the only member of New World catbird genus Dumetella.
Like the Black Catbird, it is among the basal lineages of the Mimidae.
Adults are dark gray with a slim, black bill and dark eyes.
They have a long dark tail, dark legs and a dark cap; they are rust-colored underneath their tail.

This species is named for its cat-like call but, like many members of the Mimidae family, it also mimics the songs of other birds, as well as tree frogs and even mimics mechanical sounds that they hear, due to having a syrinx like most birds, and are therefore able to make two sounds at the same time. The alarm call resembles the quiet calls of a male mallard.

Die Katzendrossel (Dumetella carolinensis) ist ein nordamerikanischer Singvogel aus der Familie der Spottdrosseln.
Der Vogel ahmt die Rufe anderer Singvögel nach und hat auch ein “Miauen” als Lautäußerung.
Die Katzendrossel brütet in Kanada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan und Manitoba; in den USA von Oregon bis nach New Mexico und im Osten bis an die Küste. Sie überwintert im Südosten der USA, in Mexiko entlang der Ostküste und auf karibischen Inseln. Der Vogel lebt in dichten Büschen, an Waldrändern, in Waldlichtungen, auf aufgegebenem Farmland und an Flüssen und meidet Gegenden mit zu vielen Nadelbäumen.