The gentleman who owned the house before us lived here for 31 years and landscaped the back yard a bit by having plants along the woodsy border of the backyard. When we were here in late spring, a number of them were in bloom–daffodils, for example, and this plant which I’m pretty sure is a hellebore. By the time we moved in at the end of May, many of the plants had gotten grown over some by the groundcover and weeds. Today I finally started weeding them out some.
The above plant I can’t identify. It’s a purplish color, though it looks more green here. It reminds me of a coral bell, but lacks telltale flowers; it wasn’t flowering, I don’t think, back in early spring. Anyone know what it is?
Lastly, I want you to meet one of the three baby blue jays that live above these plants. This one is the bravest and most awake–the others hunker down until a parent returns with food, and then all three make a racket. This one is getting ready to move on, I think, eagerly. I know it’s hard to see, as I’m not tall and my lens only zooms so well. They’re fun to watch. Today a cat was in the yard and two adult jays kept swooping down near it in an effort to shoo it away. I eventually yelled out the window and it ran. No way it’s threatening these three fuzzballs.