Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tree Swallow and White Wisteria

The first spring after we bought the property Jimmy built this in the middle of the 'backyard' for my wisteria. We brought starts of the white and the purple from our house. This was the spring of 2005. It has been a very slow process. Thought we had lost them all, me being more upset about the white. Knew I could get more of the purple from my mother.

Well, the white survived and 5 years later I have a few blooms, but I think I can finally say the vine itself is going to make it. On the opposite end we replanted purple. The plan is to have the purple and the white mingled together. Although I have now heard one is dominate. If so, again I hope it is the white. I have a good start of the purple in another location. At our previous house we had both, planted 100 ft from each other. Does anybody know about this with wisteria?

These photos are all un-cropped....to tell another story.

This past Saturday afternoon I sat in the photographer's blind to get some photos of the Tree Swallow. First, I should have been there in the morning(lighting reasons). Second, I should have been braver, hence closer.

But the real funny part of this is, the last photograph is still not cropped. After coming out of the blind I kept walking toward the birdhouse snapping away. I walked almost all the way around the birdhouse. This was the last photograph I took. I turned my head and the Tree Swallow flew away at that time.
The grandchildren have swings attached right behind the birdhouse. On Sunday they were out there swinging and the birds flew as if to attack as long as an adult was with them. The adult could walk just a short distance away and at least one of the birds went in the house. After that all was ok. They just want to protect their little ones.
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16 comments:

JKoenig said...

Leedra, as usual, what beautiful pictures! The wisteria seems to be framing your birdhouse so perfectly.

George said...

I have no experience with white wisteria, although I think it is beautiful. I'm inclined to say the purple is dominate since it seems so much more common, but I don't know that for sure.
You got some great photos of the Tree Swallows.

kÄ…cik baby jagi said...

Beautiful!
my wisteria doesn't bloom yet :(

Darla said...

My white wisteria is not going to bloom this year, maybe next..

Dorothy said...

First of all, your pictures are wonderful!!! Love that last one...seems somehow the last one is usually the best! My sister has a white wisteria that she got from our grandmother many years ago. She almost lost it, but now a little of it is coming back and she is tickled pink! The wisterias have been so pretty this spring!

itsJUSTme said...

Wow, great pictures! I have never seen white wisteria! I have a large purple one that is getting ready to bloom mmm, maybe in a week???
The white is beautiful!

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos. We can't grow wisteria here, but it is such a beautiful plant I wish I could. I love the birdhouse nestled in amongst the wisteria. It is very funny that the birds don't seem to mind the kids around but fly away when an adult is around. Animals do seem to respond differently to children.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful flowers.I think Wisteria are gorgeous,perhaps because I can't grow them here.Great Tree Swallow shots as well.
Blessings,Ruth

Rose said...

Oh, Leedra, love that with the swallows....and my husband may regret my visit here cause I sure would like to have something like that for wisteria....you have sure given me an idea!

Pam said...

Leedra, your photos are so stunning and beautiful. I love the white wisteria, I have not seen that before. Your story was lovely.
Have a wonderful week.

Bird Girl said...

How absolutely wonderful to have those sweet little tree swallows in that white wisteria - wow! I just think that is awesome!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Leedra, Looks like your wisteria is going to make it. I can't wait to see it once the purple and white mix together...

Love your little swallows. Yes---they are protecting their young I think....

Hugs,
Betsy

Susie said...

Sorry Leedra I don't know that much about wisteria. Love the pics tho.

Leeloo said...

O Leedra, these pictures are precious! The birdhouse among the white wisteria, I love it.

My grandparents used to have a birdhouse in their backyard when I was little and swallows came back to it every year. They constantly had to warn me not to get too close as the parents could swoop down at me to protect their babies.

Beautiful pictures, amazing you got that close!

dAwN said...

Beautiful photos..the white wisteria is very pretty..great captures of the swallows!
I noticed your etsy shop was closed..will u be opening it soon?

Leedra said...

dAwN - I was in Atlanta and couldn't take a chance on anybody ordering and they wouldn't receive their purchase in a timely manner. It is open again, alittle earlier than I said on Etsy. Glad you are still looking, it is going to take me a few days to catch my breath from this trip to see what I do have to post.

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