Our Spring Garden 2018

The last couple of days, I was very busy in the garden. I planted tomatoes, peppers, brussels sprouts, chard, snow peas and herbs. Despite it might be a little early for the tomatoes and peppers, I put them in the ground anyway. Tomorrow, I have to put up a cold frame. Because we supposed to have a few nights with temperatures in the mid 30s (3ΒΊC). But I didn’t want to wait too much longer, and we might have a good chance that we get some vegetables before the heat comes into North Texas, again.

In the meantime, we enjoy the blooms inside the greenhouse. It always feels good to see some color, even during the cooler months of Winter. The Narcissus are all in bloom; the Gazania blossom looks so beautiful; the Sweet Williams are coming back; and the Tulips will start blooming any day, now.

Spring Rain

Wow! I can’t believe we are two months into 2018, already. Time flies way too fast. But on a good note: Spring is near. YAAAY! The last ten days we had so much rain. And it is so much needed in Texas, too. But it makes our yard very saturated. I was tired getting my feet wet. So, I went and bought some rubber boots earlier in the week. And do I love them. Yesterday, I looked across the street. And I saw, my neighbor’s tree is in Spring bloom. Well, the rain is not stopping this girl from shooting photos in the rain anymore (unless, it’s lightning). I walked over there and captured several photos of the new bloom and the rain droplets. It feels so good seeing signs of Spring. Last night, the crickets had their first “concert” of the year. And they were loud. Maybe, they had a heavy metal music competition. πŸ˜‰ It was so wonderful to hear them chirp, before next rain front came in a couple of hours later.

Luis Loves Spring

Luis couldn’t wait to go back outside and enjoy the warm weather, yesterday afternoon. After all this rain, he was tired to sit in the house watching Mrs. Rabbit nibble on grass blades all by herself in the backyard. Luis rolled in the grass and put his face towards the warm rays of the Sun. Oh, he is soooo ready for Spring.

The Mourning Doves Wait For Spring

We always have about half a dozen of Mourning Doves sitting in our Bradford Pear trees. They usually get accompanied with a couple of White-winged Doves. Mainly they sit there and wait until Lexi and Luis are done with their business and go back inside, so the doves can go back to the feeder. But the doves also enjoy snoozing in our trees, while they wait for Spring to arrive. It can take only a few days, until our Bradford Pear trees will break out in blooms. And this is usually a sign for the Mourning Doves that the mating season has begun. The trees will blossom and then the leaves come in shortly after the petals dropped to the grounds. The birds will have a sturdy hiding spot for building their nests in the tree crowns. Until then, they eat themselves fat and round at my bird feeders.

Helios & Luna

YES! The rain has stopped and the Sun came out, this afternoon. Oh, these warming rays felt so good on my skin. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful weather. Katelynn and Sara came out to play in the yard. Several times I had to tell them not getting too wet, due to the saturated ground and cool weather. But they were too busy rescuing worms from the stream and counting snails on the front porch.

This evening, Kevin and I sat with a beer in the garage. We watched the sunset, before we had dinner. It was beautiful, but it was not as fiery as I was hoping tonight. And it was nice to see the Moon, again. We haven’t seen Luna since it was in its New Moon phase.

“Kevin, Get The Boat! …”

When it rains, it literally pours in Texas. It’s all or nothing. We either are in a drought or we have flash floods. It’s either hot or cold. Nothing can be in the middle. Right now, I could use a boat to get to my greenhouse. I have a small lake in the backyard. And I probably need to find a sturdy board I can cross to check on my plants. Moments like that, I always joke with my husband: “Kevin, get the boat! We’ll go craw daddy fishing in the backyard! Get some lily pads, frogs, and a ‘gator as well!” What’s a better watch dog than an alligator? It sure will keep those pesky solicitors at bay. … Until the game warden shows up with the Gator Boys. πŸ˜‰

There is still a lot of rain in the forecast. And the surrounding lakes are filling up quick. I keep an eye out with the data about our local lake. It has gained over two feet of water, since yesterday evening. And it’s over one foot above pool level. Another nine feet, and it would go over the spillway. But we are not there, yet.


If it keeps raining like the last couple of days, I can put this guy and his siblings in our backyard.

Another Rainy Day

Brrrr! It got really cool yesterday evening. The cold front dropped the temperatures down to the freezing point and the wind was even colder, today. But I went outside to feed my little friends: the birds, the squirrels, and the rabbits. As usual Mr. Blue Jay made the announcement, that food is served. And single every one showed up for lunch. Non of them cared about the rain. They were just happy to get all their little bellies full. ❀