Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Winter Garden



The pond in summer - with the cat fountain sprewing water and goldfish swimming below the surface . . .
Transforms into frozen snow covered tundra. The goldfish are somewhere in the depths of the fountain. And the cat has been put out for the winter!

Quite a transformation from summer scene to winter scene!

And with the ice and snow covered ground, the birds have been flocking to the garden. Cardinals, juncos, chickadees, an occasional goldfinch and tufted titmouse. Herr Squirrel, too, has managed to get a meal or two.
But a favorite of ours is the bluejay. This fellow is working hard for his sunflower morsel.
While at the feeder, a fat (and sassy) Jay is eating his fill. Although Jays can be raucous birds, they have a soft spot in my heart. My high school mascot was the Jay and so I've always held them dear.

And what can be better than one Jay -- two Jays!

Summer or winter, I love to see the blues of the jays flit from tree to feeder and back again. Blue is always a favorite color in the garden -- whether it's feathers or petals!


It's Monday, and so I thought a Jay post would be fitting. Visit Smiling Sally and see what other blues there are this Monday. It's also Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. I can't think of a better metamorphosis than the transformation of the garden from summer to winter. Please join Susan and see what other transformations there are this Monday.

19 comments:

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Beautiful outdoor shots. I love when the ground is blanketed in snow!
~Amy

Diann said...

I just love the sleepiness of all the snow covering everything. It looks so peaceful!

Acorn Cottage said...

They are beautiful birds no doubt. Love watching all the birds. I love seeing red cardinals against the snow. We actually have had a few woodpeckers appear in our yard and very occaisionally there have been a few owls. That's a real treat!

Smiles, Nancy

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Beautiful snow - very peaceful. We will probably never have snow at Christmas in Georgia, so thanks for the gorgeous pics. Linda

Luna said...

Oh we've got no snow....
But your pictures are very beautiful!
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Hughs Luna

SmilingSally said...

How excited I am to see those happy blue jays feasting from your birdfeeder. Happy Blue Monday!

chubskulit said...

lovely shots!

Have a glimpse of a Japanese Yukata outfit at my page. Happy New Year!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Herr Squirrel goes through quite the contortions to get to the bird seed here! I've noticed a resurgence in our Blue Jay population the past two years. I think crows chased them away years ago but now we don't have as many crows and the BJs have returned, thankfully.

Lovely cat fountain. I much prefer it in summer :)

Erica said...

love your outdoor shots Martha. :-)

We have a ton of Blue Jays here, especially I have a lot as they love those crab apples and I have about 6 big trees in my backyard. We have so much of them in our neck of the woods that the city baseball team is named after the The Toronto Blue Jays.

Happy Blue Monday!

Marice said...

really beautiful birds! :)

u may view mine here

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

I see you got the snow too. My husband feeds the birds too and we have had some lovely plump bluejays at our feeder.

Southerncook said...

Martha,

Your winter garden is also so beautiful.

Carolyn

Marilyn said...

Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, but the only ones I have are the decorative kind! You are so lucky! We have blue jays once in a while, and thousands of starlings--not my favorite at all.

Our lovely snow blew into four foot drifts on Christmas Day and the next. A kind neighbor came with his loader and piled snow so we could get out!

Thanks for sharing and many blessings to you and your family in the new year.

The Tablescaper said...

Beautiful.

Merry Christmas.

-The Tablescaper

Mary said...

Thank you for showing those gorgeous Blue Jays. I love them dearly and we don't get them much here in Southern Cal. We do get Mountain Blue Jays but they're not as strikingly marked. I love any blue bird, though ;) Happy Blue Monday and thank you for feeding our fine feathered friends!

Shy said...

Blue jay perfect for BM. I like the birds feeders

niartist said...

Our yard looks ALOT like yours Martha! Can you believe it is winter? Oh how I long for summer already! So glad I stopped by! Check in sometime ...

Regina said...

Great shots!
Happy New year!

Regina said...

Great shots!
Happy New year!