Stay Warm In Texas This Week!

Spring takes a break to let the cold front come through early this week. We expect temperatures as low as 22ºF (-6ºC) for two nights. Thank goodness, everything is covered in the garden. And Kevin rolled the Meyer Lemon tree in the garage. I covered the tree as well. But for extra protection, we rather have it in a warmer place. For the next few days, I’ll have a fire in the fire place. When the front is over, the firewood will be gone as well. I just hope, we will be done with the hard freezes in North Texas. We don’t want to get more firewood before this Summer, when it is cheaper than in Winter.

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A cozy fire to keep us warm, while the cold front comes through North Texas.

Relaxing Monday Evening (2)

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First Blossoms on our Bradford Pear tree.

This evening, I watched the sunset on the deck. It was a beautiful day in the mid 60s (19ºC). If the wind hadn’t been this breezy, it would have been much better. Our Bradford Pear trees finally begin to bloom. I’ve noticed a couple of young green leaves as well. The next few days, I will enjoy the outdoors. This upcoming weekend, it suppose to get cooler. And we also might get some snow, next week.

Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

Yesterday, I found a new Winter annual on our lawn, I’ve never noticed before. Next to the Persian Speedwell, we have some patches of Corn Speedwell growing in our backyard. After I did some research, I found out that Corn Speedwell is not only a cute little plant. It can be used as an herb for anti inflammatory, tonic, expectorant and diaphoretic treatment. In ointments it can be used to treat skin inflamations, wounds and eczema.

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Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

Chickadees & Warblers

This afternoon, I spent some time in the greenhouse. I wanted to plan my Spring garden. But I watched birds instead. The wind was cool. And the greenhouse protected me from the cool gusts. Today, two Carolina Chickadees came for some sunflower seeds. I’ve noticed, when they took the seeds, they tried to store them in the Bradford Pear trees for a snack, later. One chickadee tried to hide a seed in the bark, while the other one hid its seed between the flower buds. In the meantime, a Yellow-rumped Warbler got attracted by the calls of the chickadees. The warbler checked out the yard from the fence, sang a song, and flew away again. It was just enough time to capture a couple of photos of this pretty little bird.

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In February (5)

On a beautiful day like today, I sat on the porch to do some bird watching for myself. With the regular feathered friends, we also had some “Newcomers” in our backyard. Mr. & Mrs. Savannah-Sparrow came over to say ‘Hello’, before they moved on into the next yard.

Sandy decided to check the peanut slinky feeder. When she sat on the branch, she was only about five feet away from me. For a moment Sandy kept starring at me as she wanted to say: “Ma’am, the slinky feeder is empty. Could you refill it with those tasty peanuts? PLEEEEAAASSSEEE!” Unfortunately, I’m out of peanuts. I’d love to give her some. I guess, I need to go to the store and get some unsalted peanuts for the young lady and the Blue Jays, again. 😉

After Rainy Days Come Sunny Days

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.

Rainy February Day (3)

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.