the view from my front porch…almost

Just a little over two weeks ago our flower beds were covered over with freeze protecting tarps.  The temperatures hovered in the 20’s and 30’s for several days.  The water puddles left behind from the rain were frozen over and the wind was howling out of the north at 30-40 miles per hour.  Winter was in full swing!

Texans will tell you if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute and you will.  That certainly seems to be the case today.  The temperatures this week have been in the 50’s overnight and mid to upper 70’s during the day.  Today was a delightful spring day. 

Sitting on the front porch of our Texas home my senses are aware that change is in the air.  I can see that spring is arriving.  Slowly peeking her head out from the blanket of winter.  Shyly at first.   The new growth teases me.  Looking closely I see that the azaleas and gardenia are covered with new buds.  The Indian Hawthorne is brimming with new growth.  The miniature azaleas and the Texas Red Bud trees are almost ready to show off their beautiful pink party dresses. 

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In South Texas the birds never completely disappear during the winter months.  However, on this beautiful warm February day their numbers seem to be increasing.   In the past few days we have been visited by Eastern Bluebirds, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Winged Black Birds, Nuthatches, Sparrows, Downey Woodpeckers, Mockingbirds, Cardinals and a host of others I have yet to identify.

There has been a delicate yellow butterfly dancing around our place for the past several days.  Where did she come from?  Where is she going?  Is my yard her destination?  My friendly yellow butterfly has a new friend.  He is mostly black with a little color on his wings, he is a little more elusive.    *note to self-find a butterfly app for my iPhone.*

The one thing that has come to the party without an invitation and with great boldness are the ever-present pesky weeds.  They have me two-steppin at the party; two steps forward one step back, all season long.  Not a day passes without plucking a weed or 2 from the flowerbeds.  Not if you want to keep up perfect party appearances. 

The view from the my front porch shows me …Spring is in the air.

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12 responses to “the view from my front porch…almost

  1. Beautiful slide show. The heralds of Spring make me smile.

    Enjoy their return.

  2. I love spring…you seem to have the same plants at the same stage of growth as here in Portugal. I’ve been out with my camera today as well :)

  3. I love the view from your front porch.
    My view is a bit more sparse, my tiny house with it’s tiny garden sets in the middle of what was a former wheat patch.
    Looking across the grass pasture I am reminded that this was once a small part of what was millions of square miles of short and tall grass prairie land running from the panhandle of Texas north and west to the Canadian border, engulfing most of 8 or 9 centeral U.S. states.

    Happy Spring Gardening

    • Thanks for stopping by the blog. I am a city girl living in the country…and I am really enjoying every minute of it. Well except for the howling coyotes, their a little spooky. Happy Gardening to you as well! Have a great weekend!

  4. Those flowers are pretty…and it’s exciting when the buds start to show again.. I’m looking forward to spring. :-)
    Eliz

  5. It looks like Spring has sprung at your place.
    My “Tulip Tree” has buds, and our “Daffodils” are in bloom. When our “Dandelions” wake-up we’ll be all set.

    Nice PICS Jeanne.

  6. I like your Avatar. I can’t get my Chihuahua to let me take his picture.

    The little rascal runs for cover when he sees the camera! Take care, Charlie

    Today the Cherry and Dogwood blossoms popped wide open. It’s like magic…

  7. Nothing is easy, is it, Jeanne?
    Based on my shock-pup it will be many a moon before he will ever sit still for a photo-op.
    Interesting!
    Ciao, Charlie

    Gas prices too high? I just got an email about how to monkey with the supply and demand! :-)

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