Thursday, April 7, 2016

F is for Frosted Flowers

F is for Frosted Flowers or
This Week's Edition of a Second Look

If you're visiting from the A-Z Challenge, a Second Look is a feature I do every week where I look around my yard and document what I see. I take a "second look" and try to see beyond the weeds to the wonders of nature that are in my own backyard. Here's how it all got started.

Winter weather has returned and we've had several mornings with temperatures in the 20's--too cold for me in April. However, it's not been too cold for the frosted flowers. They have all survived just fine. I guess if they bloom in spring, they have to be able to tolerate cold weather. The birds have started to build nests, and the deer are enjoying munching on all of the new growth. (Sigh).

Here are a few things I saw this week 
during a Second Look.

This group of grape hyacinths was a volunteer.

The pansies planted last fall are blooming again.

Wooly bear. This is the first time I've seen one in the spring. I am used to seeing them in the fall as they are trying to find a place to hibernate. Wooly bears spend the winter frozen as a caterpillar, and thaw in the spring to pupate and turn into a tiger moth

Glory of the snow. 

The dogwoods are thinking about blooming.

Daffodil (See the D post for more daffodil pictures.)

This deer had just raised its head to take a breather from munching on day lilies.

The peach tree has fewer blooms than last year.

However the forsythia has more blooms. This forsythia is just a few scraggly branches in the back corner of the yard. However, its yellow blooms are always a welcome sight in this forgotten corner.

The birds are starting to build nests in the nest boxes. The first one is a sparrow's nest and I think the second one is a decoy nest to go with the first one. The third one is a bluebirds nest. I have removed the decoy nest to give something else a chance.