Archive for April 16th, 2008

Thursday Thirteen – 13 kinds of pets we have had

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Thirteen Pets We Have Had (or still have):

  • Dogs (Currently, just our old doggie Lassie. Our girls are hoping for a new puppy. This is a test to see if Daddy reads this blog.)
  • Cats (The neighborhood cats who run away from home, or never had a home, come here to be fed, loved, and fixed.)
  • Cockatiel (The most lovable, personable bird I ever met.)
  • Parakeets (Never really got a friendly one.)
  • Finches (Messy!)
  • Goldfish (My husband’s outdoor goldfish receive royal treatment.)
  • Gerbils (Many. At one time. Interesting! Update: Our daughter who cared for the gerbils will tell you how many we had.)
  • Hamsters (My favorite was named Precioso. We kept his habitat in our bedroom, and I grew to enjoy the noise of his squeaky wheel at night. Very tame and friendly critter.)
  • Guinea Pigs (Habitats require DAILY cleaning. Very stinky little critters.)
  • Rabbits (We are partial to lop-eared bunnies.)
  • Ducks (Indian Running Ducks are fun; have you ever seen them?)
  • Chickens (The prettiest chickens, in my opinion, are the Auracana breed. The plumage can be a variety of colors, and they lay blue eggs.)
  • Toggenburg goats (Just two of them, a momma named Nanny – of course – and her kid.)

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Trillium

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

ALMOST

This is an ALMOST Wordless Wednesday post, because I want to tell you a little about this special plant. I believe that this TRILLIUM is a Trillium ovatum, a native plant here in the Pacific Northwest. According to the Sunset New Western Garden Book, this spring-blooming plant is a member of the lily family.

I anticipate the appearance of this particular trillium each Spring, on the forested side of our driveway. From what I’ve heard, trilliums do not transplant well, so I just leave it alone and admire it from a distance.

Do any of you have this type of trillium growing in your area?