Rainy May Day

This morning, the rain was so soothing that we slightly overslept. We still all made it to work and school in time. But Kevin usually gets up 30 minutes earlier than he did today. That half an hours is HIS wake up and shower time, before he wakes Sara and me up. Since Katelynn’s school begins much later, she can snooze another 45 min., before it is time for her to get up.

It is mild outside. Flora and Fauna can use all this precious water, before it will get hot in the upcoming several days. Kevin will be busy, mowing the lawn more frequently as well. But today, I just take the beauty of this soaking and cleansing rain in.

Mr. BuzzBuzz & The Butterfly

Due to the nice weather, I sat on the front porch and watched some insects buzzing and fluttering around our Spring blooms. I’ve noticed a Common Gray Hairstreak fluttered and sat down on our pink sage (Salvia nemorosa). Since I take my camera almost everywhere, all I had to do is sit there and wait patiently for the butterfly to open its wings. Several photos later, a honeybee came for a visit in the flower garden. Mr. BuzzBuzz was so busy collecting nectar, it took me a little bit to get some good photos.

One Gardener’s Weeds Are Another Gardener’s Flowers

Due to the rains in February and the warmer temperatures in March, our lawn looks like a meadow. We have henbit, chickweed, dandelion, blue field madder, baby blue eyes, wood sorrel/oxalis, and many other little blooms flourish in the yard. Of course there are blooms, what some gardeners consider as weeds. Because they are very invasive and hard to get rid off in a “perfect” yard/garden. What a lot of people don’t know is that some of these plants are edible. Here are some examples of the plants from our yard.

  • Henbit can be eaten fresh or cooked, and be used in teas. It is very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber. Henbit can be added to salads, wraps, and soups. But it shouldn’t be consumed in high amounts, because it is a laxative.
  • Common Chickweed leaves can be added to sandwiches and salads. They are also good for soups and stews.
  • Wood Sorrel/Oxalis can be used to spice up salads. It should not be eaten in extensive amounts, since it can cause kidney stones in some people.
  • Dandelion can be used in salads, tea, and as coffee. While it taste like coffee it doesn’t contain any caffeine.

The Rough Earth Snake

Sara played out side for a little bit. All of a sudden she came in and said: “There is a snake outside!” “Is it big or small”, I asked. “It’s small. You know, one of those snakes Katelynn plays with all the time.” So, we all walked outside to check it out. And sure enough, it was a little Rough Earth Snake. After I took photos of the snake, we put it closer to the shrubs. We didn’t want the birds to get wind of it. But we made sure, it was at a spot were it could warm its body in the sun. It’s a nice beneficial lady, that has to stick around and eat pesky bugs in our garden.

Ice Rain In North Texas

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Due to a cold front coming in the temperatures began to drop, once it started to rain yesterday afternoon. A layer of ice covered parts of North Texas. This morning when the sun came out, the trees looked like ice chandeliers. Mother Nature put on one of her prettiest Winter dresses for us to enjoy. But now, the sun is strong enough and melts all this icy prettiness away. It was beautiful, while it lasted.

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Texas Winter Vegetation

We are not getting much snow in the North Texas Winters. And most of the area looks gray/beige. But it has its beauty during the colder season as well. Most of my plants are wilted and are dormant in the garden at this time of the year. In Spring, I’ll cut them back for them to grow back thicker and lusher. And some are annuals, which won’t come back. But I can use their seeds from the previous year, to grow new plants this year.