Weather report: As the title suggests, we’ve had a lot of rain in the last few days. Sunday stayed fairly dry until evening and today looked promising with a lovely sunny morning. The wind picked up considerably by noon, blowing in a new front and more rain this afternoon and evening. The temperature is supposed to cool down with highs in the low 60’s and lows back in the 40’s (F).
I spent Sunday at Mom’s house doing a few spring chores and cleaning. I love being out in the country whenever I can. The spring peepers and frogs down by the lake were croaking and peeping full force, and the birds were singing, and chirping and making all sorts of noise. Who says it’s quiet in the country?
I turned on the water to the outdoor faucets, set up the summer birdbaths and put away the winter heated one. We heard that hummingbirds were sighted a few counties away so we set up the hummingbird feeder as well.
I had barely left the backyard, when the birds jumped in the water for a bath. First a robin, then cardinal and a sparrow then….Oh Boy, our first sighting of a male rose-breasted grosbeak! It’s always so exciting when we see them. Mom looked it up in her journal and noticed that they are about 2 weeks earlier this year than last year. Unfortunately, I had left my camera in the car.
I grabbed the camera just in time from a first time visit of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. I can only guess that they had visited our neighbor’s pond and were now taking a leisurely stroll back down to the lake.
The Mr. was much shyer than the Mrs.
The pear tree was in full bloom and the old serviceberry tree was just about to pop open with lovely little white flowers. I hope it will still be in bloom when I stop over next weekend.
Since it is always cooler in the country than in the city, the trees hadn’t begun leafing out there, but I enjoyed seeing a soft green haze on my way home. It’s amazing how a couple of days of rain helps some plants bud and flowers burst open in delight, and wipes out and beats down others.
The younger trees are a beautiful chartreuse color as the baby leaves first appear. The older ones are slower to bud. Hmmm, I can relate to that.
The early daffodils appear to be melting, or bent over and even my precious thalia is drooping (they’ve only opened in the last few days.)
The hyacinths lay dejected on the ground, yet, my pansies are perking and the bleeding hearts are just beginning to show off. The tulips have been lured out of hiding by the unseasonably warm weather but today they are closed up tight against the rain. Open or closed, they still look very pretty.
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