Sunday, January 7, 2018

Winter Garden Therapy

November and almost all of December had no hard freezes....then on December the 31st and the first 2 days of January temperatures dropped to the teens and did not get above freezing for those 3 days.

Frostweed doing its thing

The beauty of cold


That can change the landscape of a garden drastically! 
As our very dramatic and lover of her "fairy garden" grand daughter claimed "This is the worst thing that has ever happened in my life. Your garden is dead.....I hate it....this is so awful".

From this.......

 To this.....
Life is full of teaching moments for a beautiful 6 year old. I think I might feel the same as her if the openness of the garden didn't allow for great bird watching.

One really great boost in December was a very much needed rain.

On the really cold days, the best way to enjoy all the awesome outdoor activity and beauty is through the windows!
Pollyanna gazing

And on those perfectly cool, crisp, sunshiny days.........
Add some wood to the chiminea,  grab a mug of something hot and for me....grab my brand new camera from my most extraordinary husband....and cozy up on the deck.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
This was a first sighting for me of this delightful little bird. When it saw itself reflected in the mirror, it's ruby crown would pop up in glorious display.

Male Cardinal

Female Cardinal

Female and male House Wrens

Tufted Titmouse 

Red-Bellied Woodpecker dining


Cardinal splashing red all over the place
Carolina Chickadee
So many many different personalities and habits! Such a joy and delight to watch!

And there is so much other winter beauty around.

Even though Nandinas are on the Texas invasive list, they came with the yard (my parents planted them) and provide such vibrant winter color and shelter for the birds. I guess I have a love/hate relationship with them.....and love is winning.

And don't ever forget to look up!

I am enjoying this season but yearning for spring also!

"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer." - Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

  "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." - Margaret Atwood

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Months go marching one by one...Hurrah...Hurrah

February consisted of more bird watching then gardening....though I would wander through the garden, checking to see if anything new was popping up or blooming.

Cardinal...either a female or immature male. So very striking!

Then we add a little blue to the picture.....Blue Jay that is.

Then a dash of Cedar Waxwing and a sprinkle of Chickadee and Starling
And cute as a bug....or tufted titmouse. Who names these guys?

Now to tie it all together....a downy woodpecker and a red-bellied woodpecker.

The bloomers for the month were the flowering quince and the daffodils (and pansies, but no pictures)
And then happiness abounds when I find my first spring blooms arriving.....

 And then along comes March

First year we get to celebrate Eve's necklace blooms

Thanks to a friend....we have some gorgeous irises

And I love, love, love our red yucca

Snowberry clearwinged hummingbird moth on the now blooming scabiosa

And to top off the end of the month......our very first bee swarm.........

April comes with all it's glory.....and wind.....and flowers.....and pollinators!
Cloudless Sulfur

Common Buckeye


Red Admiral
The Smoke Tree is in it's puff of glory!

From February.............

To March..........

Into April.........

Just wait till you see what's happening in May! Coming soon!