Birds & Flowers


Yesterday I saw this mockingbird at the bird bath, and quickly grabbed my camera to capture the moment. 


It must have sensed me beyond the patio doors, for it turned to look straight at me. And then suddenly a few other feathered friends joined in.


Something out there is digging dirt out of my container plants. I wonder if the squirrels are hiding their nuts for a cold and wintry day? 


I took the trash down to the corner, and couldn't believe how pretty the trees were. So I came back and got my camera to take a few pics of the fall trees here at the complex. 


I love this time of year, with the red and gold leaves on the trees beginning to carpet the ground. 


I still have flowers blooming. Here is a daisy opening out on the patio. I hope it doesn't freeze before it fully opens up.


Do you still have any flowers left where you live? Or have you put your garden to bed for winter?


36 comments

  1. Hi Brenda, lovely to see you still have flowers blooming. We have had a few hard frosts so nothing is left here. I cleaned out the gardens last week. Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees too.
    Great photos of the mockingbird.
    Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. I wish I was too. I need to clean up the patio for winter.

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  2. Great pictures of the bird/birds at the bird bath and also beautiful autumn pictures of trees.

    Nothing is growing here anymore. We have lost it all to freezing temps. The bay itself is just starting to freeze over. xo Diana

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  3. This is our most perfect time of year, so all of our flowers are blooming like crazy.

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    1. Oh, I bet you enjoy all those blooming flowers, Marty!

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  4. Hi Brenda, We have had a couple hard frosts, so all the flowers are gone & the pretty colored trees too. I love your picture of the mockingbird. You didn't say, but hope your feeling much better this morning. Enjoy this beautiful day!

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  5. Your photographs capture the birds so nicely and the trees are spectacular. I do miss seeing the leaves change color. Here in Florida, it seems like one minute the tree leaves are green and the next minute, the leaves are brown and on the ground. The flowers here are really pretty right now -- the geraniums, snapdragons, pansies, hibiscus, and petunias really enjoy this cool fall weather. The temperatures this week are supposed to be in the 60's and 70's with lows in the high 50's.

    I would bet that it is the squirrels digging in your plants and hiding their winter bounty.

    Hope you continue to feel better.

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    1. I thought I was feeling better Friday, but it didn't last long.

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  6. Lovely flowers and so nice to see the color in your yard. Have a great week, XOXO

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  7. I, too, love this time of year and the beautiful leaves. I neglected to cover my zinnias that I was enjoying so much and they were hit with a frost. Why, oh, why didn't I pick them? Or cover them.

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    1. Oh no! Oh well, there's always next year.

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  8. Love that first pic of the bird with the frog bird bath. They look like they are singing together.
    Happy New Week.
    Kris

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    1. I hadn't looked at that way. You're right!

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  9. I just love your patio. Do you have an outside water faucet? Also, do you put out birdseed in the wintertime? And lastly, does your bird bath have a pump or do you just refill it? I am thinking of doing some of these things myself, that is why I am asking.

    And your pictures of the trees are wonderful. You really have a great place to live, especially now that the tree is gone from the patio.

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    1. I emailed you. I don't put bird seed out for fear of mice/rats.

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  10. One of my clematis plants is still blooming!!! And yes, it is normally a spring bloomer...
    Strange!

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    1. My clematis put out one bloom last month. That's it.

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  11. We had a hard frost last week here in MA, so no more flowers. Actually it came about 2 weeks later than usual. How nice that all the other birds came when you had your camera out! I love the mockingbird songs :)

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    1. I know! I was pleased that I still had my camera out.

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  12. I don't believe I have ever seen a Mockingbird. Very, very cool...and it's still green here. The temps have dropped, but the trees haven't quite caught up yet. Soon...

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  13. Love the picture of the mockingbird, don't think we have then here in Canada. I remember seeing them when holidaying in Florida. We have had 2 nights of frost and so the flowers are done for this year.
    Hope you are feeling better now Brenda, I was telling my sister and she said she had the very same thing, was given 2 lots of antibiotics and still felt she had a UTI. She then went to see another doctor and she said do not take any more antibiotics just drink lots of water which she did and has never had another UTI.......so far!

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  14. Those trees look like sweetgums. They are so beautiful in the fall because they can have several different colors at once. I have one yellow rose bloom and one yellow daisy. There is some parsley that still looks nice, and some dusty miller that still is perky. Everything else is brown. I haven't cleaned up anything. I still need to clip off the zinnia heads to get the seeds for next year.

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    1. I didn't plant dusty miller or zinnias this year. I do love zinnias though!

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  15. I love hearing mockingbirds sing. Your flowers still look pretty. We've had a hard freeze, so no mote flowers here. Your fall trees are still beautiful. Ours are fading fast and leaves are dropping.

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  16. I planted pansies in my planter's on the deck and a squirrel dug up one entire planter full of pansies. Had to go out and replant all of them and he broke two flowers off. I hate squirrels with a passion!!!

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  17. Hi Brenda - amazing pictures of those birds! They were having a party on your patio. :) I love the picture of the trees with colorful leaves too. A couple of weeks ago, we had the earliest snow fall in Seattle in 45 years! Then beginning last night, we've had some bad wind and rain storms which are taking down most of the remaining leaves.

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    1. Wow on the snow! It rained here overnight.

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  18. Love your pics of the Fall leaves in your complex! Here in Texas the weather is staying pretty warm although we have had a few cold days and nites recently where we had to turn the central heat on. Our yellow and our red Forever rose bushes are blooming profusely just like it was Spring and we still have the small brilliant yellow zinnias blooming, the yellow cannas, the Cannova Pinkish-orange cannas, the purplish-colored bougainvilleas and our red oleanders are starting to bloom again. Texas blooming season is when Mother Nature decides it is, forever changing!

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    1. Yes, I remember the mercurial Texas weather!

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