2019, In The Garden

The Hyacinths

What a nice surprise on Valentine’s Day: Our hyacinths began to bloom, today. The mild weather is perfect for them to show their little dresses. Last week, I planted and covered the hyacinths up with straw to protect them from the cold spell. And this week, we get rewarded with beautiful flowers.

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UPDATE on February 16, 2019: This morning, when I refilled the bird feeder, I’ve noticed the hyacinths are in full bloom. Here are a couple of photos I want to share with you. Aren’t they pretty?

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Mid-February 2019

Finally, I’ve got around to plant some broccoli, lettuce, and spinach in the raised bed. After I fertilized the bed really well, the plants went into the soil. Kevin can not wait to get fresh lettuce from our home garden, on the table in Spring. So, I always have to plant some lettuce. Katelynn and Sara love their broccoli. And I just enjoy some fresh spinach. Since Winter is not over quite yet, and we still can get nights below freezing point, I made sure, the small plants are covered with straw and Fraser Fir branches. My next project is to get the onion slips into the ground. It feels so good gardening, again.

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When Juncos And Finches Get Into A Fight

Mr. Junco had dinner, when Mr. and Mrs. House-Finch came to have dinner at the dish as well. Unfortunately Mr. Junco was not very happy to share the food with the House-Finches and started to yell at Mrs. House-Finch. Mr. House-Finch had enough of the name calling and yelled back at Mr. Junco. Seconds later, the males got into a fight. While Mr. Junco was kicking Mr. House-Finch, the finch slapped with his wing the seeds out of the juncos beak. Mrs. House-Finch sat in the peach tree, far enough away and avoided to get more involved into this fight. Later, she had a talk with her husband, before she could eat in peace at the feeder. Some animals are not so different than some humans. 😉

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Rainy February Day (2)

Brrr! The moisture in the air makes the temperature feel colder than it really was this afternoon. I fed the critters and let my cats hang out in the catio for a little bit. (No worries! Joshua and Chewbacca have cozy beds with windows to look out, when the weather is yuck. They just stayed out for some fresh air, before they came back inside the house.) The Black-eyed Juncos and the House Finches found a nice spot in the peach tree, while it drizzled. When they were hungry, they swooped down to the dish, grabbed some seeds and then flew back up into the tree. The food and being feathered puffballs keeps the birds warm and dry. By Monday, it suppose to get warmer.

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The Black-eyed Junco and the House Finches stick out the rainy weather in the peach tree.
2019, In The Garden

PPP ~ Plant And Be Prepared To Protect

The “Three P-Rule” or PPP does not only count for tomato plants in our garden. They go for all the plants. Some plants are hardier and can withstand freezing temperatures; a lot of plants can’t make it through a cold spell, unless they will be covered to stay warm. Earlier this week, we had 80°F (27°C). I decided to plant my dianthus, hyacinths, violas, and my pea plants in the raised beds. But I made sure, when I plant that early, I have a plan and be prepared to protect them. From previous Halloween decorations, we have straw bales in the greenhouse. And I kept our Fraser Fir after Christmas, because I knew it would come into use one way or another. Tonight, we suppose to get only 25°F (-4°C). This afternoon, I covered my plants with the straw to keep the plants cozy warm. And the Fraser twigs are for keeping the straw in place from this crazy wind. It’s not pretty. But if I was a critter or a bird, I would call it home for the night.

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Early February 2019

This afternoon, we’ve reached temperatures up to 80°F (27°C). It was perfect weather for doing some garden work, getting the raised beds cleaned up and planting my peas and early Spring flowers. While I pulled out weeds, I also found  a carrot that over-wintered in one of the raised beds. I might add it to a stew, later this week. Three Mourning Doves set on the trellis I put up for the peas, in the garden. They inspected my work, fertilized it, and enjoyed the view of the garden from the trellis, before Luis, our dog, chased them away.

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North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January (10)

Katelynn had to stay home, yesterday. The darn tummy bug is going around in her school. And I must have caught it from her. This morning, I sat for some fresh air on the deck. In the meantime, I watched the birds and the squirrels get their meals. Even when I didn’t feel well, I still grabbed my camera and captured some photos of the Bewick’s Wren, a House Sparrow, and a Mourning Dove. It was gray-in-gray, due to overcast. But in the afternoon, the sky cleared up. And we had a blue sky with lots of sunshine.

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Randy, The Red-bellied Woodpecker

Oh look, who shows up in our yard every morning! It’s Randy, the Red-bellied Woodpecker. He gets very curious, when the Blue Jays visit for picking up some peanuts from the slinky. Randy flies in our Bradford Pear tree, looks around, sees food on the plate, has a snack and disappears until the next day. Then he comes back for a morning visit, gets a snack and gone he is again. I’ve noticed this for about the last eight to ten days, now. This morning, he said Hello in this 28°F (-2°C) weather. Being in the sun, and the harsh wind is gone, the temperatures are actually not that bad. Randy and his friends, the Blue Jays, seem to enjoy it.

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Randy is a bit shy. He loves to play “Peek-a-boo” with my camera. 😀
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Patriotic Texas Fox Squirrel

This morning, Sandy Cheeks came for a visit, sat on top of the catio and put her right paw over her heart. She looked like, she was saying the Pledge To The Texas Flag. Too stinking cute! She’s born and raised in the Lone Star State. And she’s proud to be a Texan. YEEHAW!

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“Honor the Texas Flag: I pledge the allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.”