Two years ago we saw migrating Monarchs nectaring on these white flowers. We were so happy to see them again in the same place today! There were at least 300 on these bushes that grow along this creek bed. Mostly they were resting and nectaring as there was a south wind blowing about 20 mph. A cold front is headed this way, in about 4 days, with a north wind to push them on to Mexico where they are migrating for the winter. It’s always amazing to see them in such great numbers.
Fog fruit, also known as frog fruit, is spreading and blooming in my flower bed. I planted the first plant 4 years ago. This is a host plant for Phaon Cresent butterflies.
If you are interested in Phaon Crescent butterflies, click on the link below.
My daffodils make me smile everytime I look outside my kitchen windows. Spring is coming!
“Daffodils” (1804) By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
I rediscovered today that everyone needs an activity/hobby/exercise that makes you stop worrying and you just enjoy life for a little bit of time. Today mine was watering my flower beds and then taking pictures of my Obedient flowers. They die back and come back every year from their roots and burst into bloom in late August! I love perennials! Enjoy!
I heard this strange bird call and searched the tree for the source. I was finally able to snap a couple of pictures. I’m not sure what kind of bird this is – I’ve not seen one in my North Texas yard before. It was all by itself. Does anyone know what it is?
I bought this redbud tree for one dollar many years ago as a bare root tree – It came as a package: ten trees for ten dollars!