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.
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.