Today begins the meteorological Spring. Unfortunately, there is not much Spring in North Texas within the next few days, due to a cold fronts coming through from the Arctic. Hopefully, by the time the astronomical Spring (March 20 – Equinox) begins, the weather will be warm and enjoyable for more gardening and some local hiking.
After several cloud-covered and a rainy day, it was nice to see the Sun for a change. Unfortunately, the sky was still cloudy last night. So, we had no chance to see the “biggest” Moon of this year. After seeing the Lunar Eclipse last month, I’m not too sad about it either. This morning, the sky cleared up. And it also warmed up nicely during the day. I used this opportunity to capture photos of Spring slowly rolling into North Texas.
When it rains, I go and capture photos in the backyard. 😉 The Bradford Pear trees are almost there. They show signs, it can take only a couple to a few days, before they’ll begin to bloom. Our broccoli plants are growing well. And I had to mix some pink into the game. The hyacinth just look lovely in all that brown/beige/grayish February rainy day.
It is a cool day. And Luis is bored, because we don’t allow him to chase Sandy across the yard and over the fence. Sandy gave Luis a big hiss earlier this week. So, we don’t want him to get involved in a “Dog vs. Squirrel” fight. Now, Luis relaxes on the ottoman by the fire place, and enjoys watching K-9 Shep tracking suspects, on LivePD. He can’t wait for K-9 Lor to come back in Spring. 🚔🐕
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.
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.
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.
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.