Signs of Spring

Several of my herbs have over-wintered on our back porch protected by old sheets on the nights we had freezes! I’m also lucky that our porch only has southern and eastern exposure! I can’t wait to start planting new seeds and plants for the spring! I’m also looking forward to the butterflies returning! Here are some pictures from today! I included a bunny that was visiting and our sweet beagle who is almost 14 years old. I hope you will be seeing signs of spring also, if you are tired of winter!

Fennel - March 2013

Sage - March 2013

Parsley - March 2013

Bunny behind the daffodils in the flower bed 3/02/13

Bunny in our yard March 2013

Biscuit - March 2013

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Unseasonably Warm December Keeps The Butterflies Visiting!

Since the copper canyon daisies are still blooming, due to not having a hard freeze yet, I usually see a butterfly or two if I remember to go out when the sun is shining on the flowers. The falling leaves fool me into thinking there are lots of butterflies out in the yard, but here is proof that a butterfly or two is mixed in with the fluttering leaves! I haven’t identified this butterfly yet – I’ve never seen one like this in my yard.

Copper Canyon Daisies with butterfly on 12/02/12

Copper Canyon Daisies with butterfly on 12/02/12

Copper Canyon Daisies with butterfly

Mistflower and Pentas Blooming in My Garden In Early November

We still have not had a hard freeze, so it still looks like late summer in our backyard!  Since winter is coming, I will be sharing some photos taken during the summer and fall. First shown are the delicate mistflowers and second are the pentas. Both are great nectar plants for butterflies and bees and other nectar loving insects!

Mistflower in Bloom - Nov. 2012

Mistflower With Bee Nov. 2012

Mistflower With Bee Early Nov. 2012

Brilliant Colored Pentas

Pentas In Bloom Nov. 2012

Pentas Upclose View Nov. 2012

Pentas with Bright colored Flies

Pentas with Bright colored Flies

Our Monarchs Emerged on a warm November morning in North Texas!

Monarch about to Emerge

It is so amazing to see a monarch visible inside of its chrysalis shortly before it is to emerge! I snapped this photo about an hour before it arrived. I missed the actual event, but this was shortly after it emerged! Its wings are folded and still wet.

Monarch Butterfly emerges on Nov. 9,2012

Monarch Butterfly emerges on Nov. 9,2012

New monarch on Nov. 9,2012

New monarch on Nov. 9,2012

Then the next day 2 more arrived! They emerged about the same time as the butterfly did yesterday morning. They know exactly when is the perfect time to emerge.

Monarch newly emerged on wire 11/10/12

Monarch newly emerged on wire 11/10/12

Monarch - wings drying but now completely flat  11/10/12

Monarch – wings drying but not folded any longer.

Here is the 3rd one I discovered drying its wings! What a nice birthday surprise for me! Yes, can you believe this occured on a Saturday and it was also my birthday! In addition, it was about a year ago when I started planting my butterfly garden to host and nurture butterflies in our backyard!

Monarch drying its wings

Second monarch drying its wings on false nettle.

newly emerged monarch on mistflower  Nov12,2012

About two hours after emerging – monarch on mistflower Nov 10,2012.

It took about four to five hours for their wings to dry before they flew up into the trees.

Copper Canyon Daisies in Bloom in November

Copper Canyon Daisies in Bloom

I have been anxiously waiting to see these flowers in bloom. They have an intensely fragrant foliage and the flowers will boom until the first frost.

Copper Canyon Daisies Up Close

Copper Canyon Daisies Up Close

The butterflies and bees have been enjoying the flowers.

Copper Canyon Daisy with Butterfly

Copper Canyon Daisy with Butterfly

Copper Canyon Daisy with Bee

Copper Canyon Daisy with Bee