Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Second Look--April 24, 2013

We have been having some beautiful spring days with lows in the 30's and highs in the 50's. However, there has been a lot of wind which I find makes it cold but Ward finds it invigorating. There are more things in bloom everyday as evidenced by the general state of itchy eyes and runny noses of most people. Also, we now have nests in both boxes, but no eggs yet. We are carefully watching for the next development there.

Here's what I found this week on my Second Look.

The dogwood trees have started to bloom. The simplicity of this bloom makes it my favorite among all of the blooming trees.

Critters have eaten most of our tulips until this is the only one that returns year to year.

New growth on pieris japonica

There seem to be fewer squirrels this year than last year.

Yet another kind of daffodil has started to bloom. This one has two blooms from the top of one stem.

Two nests waiting for eggs.

It seemed as if one day the bleeding hearts were just emerging from the ground and then I turned around another day and they were in full bloom.

This spindly little tree is a red bud in bloom.

We found another skull when cutting the grass for the first time. This is the third one of these we have found in the last few months. I'm not sure what that means.

Grape hyacinth among the lilies that are starting to grow.

The cattle have been enjoying the nice spring weather.