May has arrived, and finally we get warmer days and nights. The day temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s (28º-31ºC), while at night they are in the upper 50s to low 70s (15º-21ºC). This is perfect weather for our crop to grow in the raised beds. Kevin, the girls and I are excited that the peppers are getting bigger. The peach tree is heavy with fruits. And soon, we can harvest some Romaine Lettuce. I love dinners with fresh harvested salad from the backyard. Here are some photos I’ve captured from the raised bed garden, today.
When we first moved into our house, we had Photinias all along the wall facing West. We had to get rid of almost all, but one of them. Because their roots broke the foundation of our house. Over the years, the shrub grew bigger and wider; it began to bloom were the protective nursery for some birds and Eastern Cottontails.
Now, it is Spring. And the Photinia bush is full in bloom. And I see some interested wildlife flying and hopping around it. It might be hosts for baby birds and baby bunnies, again.
Sara wanted to go to the turtle pond at Bill Allen Memorial Park, this afternoon. The weather was very nice. And Katelynn wouldn’t come home from school for another two hours.
When we walked on the paved trail, we saw some wild flowers, and a few critters roamed in the park. A red-eared slider turtle was hiding in the reeds by the pond. Since it is mating season, some dragonflies chased each other for that particular reason across the pond. Walking back to the car, Sara and I saw a Mallard couple resting at the creek. And two squirrels jumped from one tree to the ground and back into another tree. Yes, there was a lot of wildlife out and about this afternoon. It was fun to watch them.
Finally, the first flowers of my peach tree opened today. Shooting sharp photos of them was a little bit of a challenge. We have some pretty strong wind guest, which bring warmer temperatures into North Texas. I had to put my shutter speed and ISO higher, and lower the aperture to get decent images. After this weekend, the whole tree will be in bloom. Hmmm! By July we might have a tree full of ripe peaches. 🍑🌸
Today was such a beautiful day. So I spent some time with my camera in the backyard. The photos of the Brown-headed Cowbirds and the little Dark-eyed Junco, I posted in the previous blog. But here are some photos of peach tree buds, wild blooms, Bradford Pear blossoms, and a contrail of an airplane/jet I watched along the sky.
Earlier this week I captured photos of the neighbor’s tree, when it was raining. The fresh opened blossoms looked so pretty with these water droplets.
Today, the weather was gorgeous. So, I walked over there again. Because I saw a butterfly fluttering from one blossom to the other. When I came close enough, I noticed it was a beautiful Question Mark butterfly. The fragrance of the blossoms smelled so good. And the bees and flies agreed with me. They were all over the blooming tree, trying get all this great nectar. Keep pollinating it, sweet insects. I can’t wait to dry some fruits this Summer.
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. 😉 It was so wonderful to hear them chirp, before next rain front came in a couple of hours later.
A week before Valentine’s Day, Kevin (my husband) asked me what I would like as a present for this special day. Since I’m low maintenance, he always likes to ask me first, before he goes to a store and buys something ‘silly’. I said, I’d love to get a plant from him. A lavender, a rosemary, or anything what comes to his mind, when he visits a garden nursery. Valentine’s Day had approached, and Kevin walked with a Meyers Lemon Tree through the front door. It had lots of blossoms, and a lemon to show. And the fragrance was amazing.
Almost four weeks later, I seriously had to think about re-potting my new tree. It’s Spring and the right time to look for a new pot. I went to our local nursery, found the perfect pot, got some citrus-tree fertilizer; bought a couple of smaller pots to re-pot my lavender. And of course I had to get a Texas Bluebonnet. I couldn’t resist it. Back at home I filled the pot 1/4 with potting soil, pulled the lemon tree out of its old plastic pot to transfer it, and filled the rest of the new pot with soil. Now, the lemon tree roots are watered, fertilized, and have more room to stretch and grow. The bees have already discovered the tree and are very busy pollinating it. Hopefully we have more lemons, soon.
Originally posted on my old blog “A Garden Full of Memories” on March 11, 2015.
Unfortunately the first Meyer Lemon tree made it only through two seasons, before it died due to a hard freeze. Not even the greenhouse could protect it. We pruned it, and it didn’t really come back for a third season. This made me really sad.
Kevin and I were debating long and hard to get another Meyer Lemon tree. Because I really love the fragrance of its flowers. And when I squeeze some drops of the lemons in my water, it is very refreshing and not as harsh on my tummy as the juice of a regular lemon. We still were going back and forth with a new tree last year.
This February, Kevin asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day. I replied: “Do you remember, when you got me that Meyer Lemon tree on Valentine’s Day three years ago?” “Yep, I remember it! I guess, it is time for a new tree”, he answered. Today, we went to the nursery and picked up a new Meyer Lemon tree. And this tree definitely won’t be in the greenhouse in Winter. It will have a cozy place inside our house until the weather is suitable enough to roll the tree outside, while it will get pollinated by bees and enjoys the warmth of the sun and the rain drops of Spring and Summer.
Here are some more photos of the first Meyer Lemon tree. For photos of the new tree the temperatures are cool and the lighting is not good enough, today. But I will post photos throughout the warmer seasons.
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.
After the rain last night, we had a cloud covered sky in the morning. But it cleared up with temperatures in the upper 60s in the afternoon. This evening, no cloud was in sight. And short after sunset I went outside and captured some photos of the waxing gibbous Moon and tree silhouettes, before it got too dark.