My Back Yard: January 2021

When people ask me “What is the best way to learn plant names?”, I always suggest that they look often at the plants near where they live in all seasons and learn those first.

Here is a look at some of what is in my back yard:

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Bitter Cress (Cardamine hirsuta)
Climbing Hydrangea
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Smoke Tree
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
English Ivy
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Variegated Japanese Euonymus
Fraser Fir (my Christmas tree)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Japanese Yew
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Evergreen Euonymus

My birdfeeder:

House Sparrows
House Sparrow (male)
House Sparrow (male)
House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrow (male)
Downy Woodpecker (female)


While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels.      – The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “My Back Yard: January 2021

  1. Brian Whitefield

    After the many posts you’ve done far and wide for our benefit, I’m delighted that today, at least, you accomplished the task a mere stone’s throw from a hot cup of coffee. Have a great day!

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Talk about staying close to home (not that you have to stay that close to home!) Wonderful things in your backyard, Miles. And a Butternut! Wonderful pictures. Thanks, Miles!

  3. rosemarie fischer

    like the pictures from your back yard. have some of those too,but did not know the names…..nice bird house!!!!!!! thanks Miles


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