2019

Clear Skies And Budding Trees

This early evening, it was so nice outside. The skies were clear, the Sun was shining, and the First Quarter Moon was visible. I’ve also noticed, that our Bradford Pear tree buds start to open up. It won’t be long, before we have beautiful blossoms on these ornamental trees, again. I can’t wait for warmer Spring weather, so I can plant more in the home garden and The Colony Community Garden.

2019

After The Rain (2)

It rained in the early morning hours and all afternoon, today. But once the rain was gone, the clouds began to move out. And we’ve got rewarded with a colorful sunset. I can’t wait to see the Sun after three days of rain, again. It was too gloomy, the last few days.

2019

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

The Great-tailed Grackles

While the grackles are such misunderstood birds by most people, I really do enjoy them in our garden. They always come in a big flock, make a lot of noise, eat, and fly away. After that, I’m almost certain I could hear a needle drop. It is so quiet.

Grackles are colonial birds and nests in trees together. Not seldom, there can be several nests found in one tree. They are also wonderful babysitter for other birds, when these birds are out and collect food, the grackle watches out for predators or other danger. The grackle will call the birds to come back and check on their offspring.

In Spring, I find the grackles quite amusing. When it is mating season, usually several males gather around one female and show off their songs, dance and feathers in a display to attract her. Sometimes she cares less and flies off, because she’s not interested in any of them. This show can go on for days if not weeks, until a one male and one female will court and mate.

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“I can’t believe it. He just found the last peanut in the dish. I’m looking for it for the last five minutes. And he gets it after a few seconds.”
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

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In February (4)

Today, we had quite a few guests at in the trees and at the feeders. Everyone ate plenty of food to store more fats. Winter is not over, yet. Friday morning suppose to be in the mid 20s (-4°C). Here are today’s photos of our feathered and mammal friends:

2019

A Candle Jar For Every Celebration (4): Lunar New Year ~ Year of The Pig 🐷

Last year, I made a few candle jars. And one was for the Lunar New Year. This year, I cleaned one of my sauerkraut jars to make a another beautiful lantern for this Chinese New Year. On this day begins the Year of the Pig. In China and many other Asian countries the new year is celebrated at the New Moon between January 21 and February 20. Many stores will be closed. And they won’t be open for the following 15 days, until the next Full Moon.

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Year of The Pig ~ 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

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.