Breakfast by the creek.

It’s invigorating to get outdoors in the springtime, at least, when we aren’t having cold winds and cloudy days. Last Saturday when Liam and Laddie were here, they collected manzanita berries from my bush and made pies.

Every time I go to church lately, something new is bursting with color. A type of salvia I haven’t seen elsewhere has flowers that glow like jewels:

And the California poppies! I feel that own garden will not be truly complete until these orange poppies are blooming in it — but I am a little afraid to throw out the seed and have them grow like weeds.

This morning, I took a walk by the creek. You might guess from my shadow that I am shaped like a bug. But I assure you, I more closely resemble a human.

From the bridge I heard a toad croaking;
blue jays were busy about something, hopping around in the trees.
Many other birds were singing and chirping. I don’t know who they were.

blackberry flower

I had set out before having breakfast, or so much as a glass of water. Uh… forgot that I can’t do that anymore. The squirrel scrabbling up and down a tree contrasted sharply with my slowing gait.

Besides the many wild things growing along the path, there are the backyard plants that have climbed over the fences. Like this trumpet vine:

 

privet
honeysuckle

Oh, the banks of honeysuckle were sweet! But I’m afraid they didn’t make a proper energizing breakfast, no matter how deep the whiffs I inhaled. And I stopped so many times to frame pictures with my phone’s camera, my excursion grew longer and longer…

Salsify is opening its puffy blooms.

I think the Queen Anne’s Lace must bloom six months of the year. It is already bearing fully opened flowers, as well as these darling younger ones:

When I finally got home, it didn’t take long to satisfy my body’s need for fuel.
My soul had already had a full breakfast!

18 thoughts on “Breakfast by the creek.

  1. Those orange poppies are lovely…and the blackberry blossoms with the black sprinkled looking interior, too. We have thornless blackberries which are flowering, some are even producing green berries, I look forward to them being black and edible soon. β™₯

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  2. I loved your pre-breakfast amble!
    I have some California poppies and I am so excited about them because they do not grow like weeds here. I love them! I know you do, too! I will think of you when I appreciate my poppies.

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  3. What a beautiful walk! It must just be perfect weather where you live for poppies to take over. I think it must be too hot here. You have so many interesting things around you.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Lots of beautiful flowers! I did the same sort of thing yesterday. I was in town getting my mail and decided since I was so close to the trail I’d go for a walk. A mile into my 2 mile walk, at my turn around point, I realized that the only thing I’d had to eat all day was a bowl of oatmeal about 5 hours earlier. My blood sugar was feeling pretty low by the time I got back to my car. I need to remember to always take along a granola bar. (I did have some water.)

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  5. Lovely pictures. You are wise to consider how the California Poppies spread. I keep mine under control by pulling them out soon after they’re finished. That still leaves lots of seeds for the next year. They even grow in the gravel parking area!

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  6. So, you’re part bug, part human, are you? πŸ˜€ It explains why you’re so close to nature. πŸ˜‰

    Those orange poppies would be so nice if they grew all over like weeds! Are you sure you don’t have a spot for them?

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  7. I quivered a bit when I saw both the Japanese honeysuckle and privet. Both are terribly troublesome here (and elsewhere) and there’s one species of privet that’s on the California list of plants-of-concern. Here’s some information about the honeysuckle. If you don’t have either of these in your garden, it might be better to forego them. I’ve seen trees that honeysuckle has strangled, and it’s not a pretty sight!

    Apart from that, it’s a thoroughly delightful post. I was surprised by the multitude of blackberry stamens, and the pink on the Queen Anne’s Lace. I’ve never seen that before. That’s turning out to be one of the great delights of my new photo site. I love sharing little bits of “I’ve never seen that before” — and I think it’s making me look more closely: like you!

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    1. Linda, I can’t imagine privet being invasive here, because it gets no water for half the year. The privets that line the bike path I walk along have never looked so healthy in all the years I’ve been here, nor have I ever seen so many flowers on the bushes. We had twice as much rain as normal, and late rains, too. But they get no irrigation in the summer, and I am used to them looking so shriveled and wilted by August that I always think, “This is the year that they will all die…” They never have! I wonder if this year they will retain some vigor later into the dry season…

      As for honeysuckle, I used to grow it here. It was easy to remove when it tried to expand. I had dug my own starts out of a volunteer planting by one of those backyard escapees just fifteen years ago, and enjoyed it for thirteen years. One year I didn’t prune it and it turned into a giant mess that taught me a lesson: from then on I cut it back twice a year!

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      1. Of course, an invasive will vary from place to place, and also depend on the species. The honeysuckle doesn’t grow in west Texas, for example — but it rivals kudzu in east Texas for sheer determination.

        I did look at some lists, and discovered that we share one honest-to-goodness-dig-it-out-now! invasive: Chinese tallow!

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  8. Wonderful photos, letting us share a bit of your walk. I am endlessly fascinated by the things that grow in your neck of the woods which I cannot grow here in northeast Ohio. But I do love where I am.

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  9. Soul food indeed! Those images are very nice. They provide a vicarious walk for me each time I take a look. Glad you caught that shadow too — a gentle reminder to stop moving now and then so as to observe and be nourished.

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  10. Magnificent! Nature seems to join in the joy of remembering He is risen!

    I do adore the shadow picture – though those images are always distorted I especially like the hint of the soul’s presence is I guess how I think of it – pre glory, still marred by our predicament, but hopeful. Such wonderful little snips of goodness in your photos.

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