April showers continue, spring is teasing.
Last year at this time (the year of one of our worst ever droughts) many trees where in bud or leaf, bulbs and plants showing colors and encouraging more.
Daily temperatures were warm, most days no need for coats and sunshine!
totally different, as shown below, the good the bad and the ugly.
some of the Ugly!
If I recall correctly we may of had 2 or 3 days of partly sun in these last 30 days. Yesterday was nice and sunny. Temperatures a high of 71! I was elated and rushed to make up hummingbird and oriole juice for their return! Today back to dark, gray and cold.
Now some of the good ...
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male goldfinches showing color!
The male goldfinches are molting their drab winter feathers and starting to show their lovely yellow plumage for the spring and summer seasons. The females are not quite showing their just a blush of gold.
The tulips are stretching their green leafy legs not caring of the left over dead leave debris of last summer. Hopefully buds will be forming soon.
The ever resilient crocus are plunging their greenery and pretty petals right through any messy leftovers blown in to blanket their bed for winter. They are usually first to arrive in my garden.
Sounds fill the air with spring teasers as well. Robins are singing while they dig through the woods looking for bugs and maybe an early worm. Woodpeckers have been noisily pounding their love drum songs to alert the females of the season. Too many times on my house! Squirrels are in ever present running and chasing each other in their spring ritual dance. And the chipmunks have woken from their winter slumber digging new holes and tunnels while eating and filling their fat cheeks with seeds. They are to speedy for me to catch them, but I still enjoy watching the antics and sometimes bad destructive behavior.
We enjoy them from our windows and between the raindrops when we are forced to venture outside. When the squirrels get too naughty we both have been known to open a window to "bark" at them! Since our dogs are gone over the rainbow bridge we have to improvise. Banging on the windows doesn't do a thing, so out comes the bark!
I never said I wasn't a tad on the looney side (disclaimer, ahem...).
Hopefully this cold nasty weather disappears until next winter soon. I know this area is not the only one fighting with Mother Nature. We have been lucky so far, that it is just rain, we don't have to shovel it. But, it is damaging to what is left of our yard and is fighting to come inside. Very Bad and Ugly! (let's not dwell on the bad)
I am sending good thoughts that the spring season changes are being pleasant and bountiful in your area. If you are in the part of the world where autumn is arriving, I hope that is a gentle change for you.
Tell me, is it good, bad or ugly where you live?
Until next time
(if I am not flooded out or covered in mold)
I bid you fair weather skies!