The Chickadees

Our little chickadees visit our garden since mid November. They are here for a couple of days. Then I don’t hear and see them for several days, before they come back and visit our feeder again. Today the chickadees noticed, that I put up a feeder with sunflower and safflower seeds. It’s a special blend for the cardinals and their friends. The chickadees were very happy and stayed in the yard for quite some time. As a reward, they were singing their sweet little songs.

Chewbacca & Sandy

Sandy came down to the critter feeder, after I refilled it with tried corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds and other goodies. She kept munching away her little seeds, when Chewbacca got her attention. He sat on the porch and watched her for a little bit. Sandy looked at Chewie and froze for a moment: “Oh no! This crazy feline sits there and watches me from the porch, again.” Chewbacca went over to the tree and sharpened his claws on the bark. Sandy jumped further up in the crown of the tree and chattered at him. She was not happy at all and gave Chewie the third degree. Chewie decided to leave Sandy alone, when Joshua jumped over the fence back into the yard. It was more fun to roll around with his buddy in the grass, than getting into it with a feisty squirrel anyway. Yes, Mommy (me) said though. 😉

Winter Blooms In My Greenhouse

Every Winter I plant some flowers in my greenhouse throughout Winter time. Their colorful blossoms always bring a great warming feeling on those grayish Winter days. Even when it snows outside, they are warm and cozy tucked in the soil inside the greenhouse.

My Little Chickadees Are Back!

The last couple of mornings, I’ve noticed a familiar sound in my trees: “Chickadee-dee-dee! Chickadee-dee-dee!” That’s right. It’s this time of the year, when the Chickadee couple visits my feeder. They will probably stick around until early Spring, again. Cute, little birds!

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Woohoo! The Chickadees are back in our yard!

Waving In The Wind

All this wind brings warm air into North Texas, before we get hit with the cold front tomorrow afternoon. This little skipper seems to enjoy the warm day and has a refreshing sip of nectar from a Calendula, which waves back and forth in the wind.

~ Enjoy these few warm days left, little fella. Winter is coming, soon. ~

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Skipper drinks nectar from a Calendula flower

Dew Droplets And The First Light Frost

While the ground is still too warm, I’ve noticed some light frost on the north side of our roof. Autumn is coming to North Texas. And when it happens, don’t blink with your eyes. You might miss it. 😉 Between endless Texas Summers and short Winters, there is not much left for Autumn, nor for Spring. It’s either HOT or it is cold. But what we call “cold” here in the South, people up North would laugh at us. 😀 Yes, being born, raised and lived the first 30 years of my life in Germany, I know the meaning of the term COLD. 🙂

In this mid 40s morning, I checked on my cabbages. They were covered in a beautiful layer of dew droplets. I waited until the sun was at the right angle, before I’ve got my camera out to capture some photos. Since I don’t have a macro lens, it is a bit challenging to get these little droplets sharp enough in a photo. But I do the best with the tools and knowledge I have available. I enjoy it every time, when the weather becomes cooler and there are new seasonal objects to photograph.

Cabbages & Root Vegetables

Earlier this month, I was writing a blog about our “Autumn Cabbage Garden”. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower in one raised bed. And I have sown some carrots, radishes, rutabaga, and turnips between the cabbages. The radishes sprouted very quickly. Rutabaga and turnips followed them a few days later. And since the last several days, I also see the carrots poking their greens out of the soil. It’s time to start thinning out the root vegetables to give them a chance for better and bigger growth.

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The cabbages and root vegetables are sprouting nicely in our raised bed. ❤