Spring Feeders March 23, 2012
Spring is here. And, like me, the birds in my yard are not shy about sharing their excitement.
My blooming trees have attracted a booming number of birds within a matter of days. Their chirping chatter is frequent, day after day. Although their singing wakes me a bit earlier in the mornings, I often open my eyes to see bright rays of sunshine seep through my bedroom window: A sight that makes me smile.
It's clear that I love spring, but I realize the season's surprises cannot last forever. Spring flowers will fall from trees and bushes to make room for greener, fuller canopies. So what will happen to my chirping companions when the spring blossoms cease to appear?Read More
Seeking A Winter Color Fix January 26, 2012
Now that Mother Nature's typical winter persona has dumped inches (and feet) of snow onto my home, car and landscape, I find myself wishing there was something more to look at besides the blinding, stark blankets of white that now cover just about anything in sight.
How many more weeks are there until spring?
As others might look forward to Valentine's Day this time of the year, I spend my January counting down the days until Feb. 2, or Groundhog Day. It's funny how serious I take Punxsutawney Phil's reaction to the sunlight, or lack thereof. But who among us hasn't hoped the groundhog wouldn't see his shadow so we could quickly cross winter off of the list and start planning for warming days and blooming plants?Read More
Keep Coming, Old Man Winter – My Trees Will Keep Me Warm December 20, 2011
In two days, its the official first day of winter, I realize that each day going forward, temperatures will continue to get colder and colder.
As I pile on the turtlenecks, the cable knit and the wool, I realize I'm adding so many layers it's like adding on half a person in clothes just to stay warm. Needless to say, I'm a "freeze baby," as they call it. It always takes me longer than usual to get warm on the coldest of days, like my body just refuses to adapt to the cooler temperatures.
It's these nights when I'm curled up inside with a blanket by a warm fire that I think about my trees. Yep, that's right, my trees. They're outside, but they're helping keep me warm in the winter.Read More
Winter Wonderland December 21, 2010
One of my favorite things to do in the winter is sit by my back windows and watch the bright blue birds eat the brilliant fruit off of my crabapple tree.
It's one of those trees that, despite losing its leaves and becoming a seemingly uninteresting skeleton, transforms into a gathering place for the birds, tweeting and twittering as they munch on the abundant red spheres on the branches. And the arrival of cold weather often adorns the tree in striking frost. The crabapple is truly a tree with incredible winter appeal that brings enjoyment to my whole family.
And what is a landscape if not a canvas for providing yourself with endless enjoyment in every season, regardless of what Mother Nature may bring in the form of harsh winds, sleet, snow and ice.Read More