Spring Day In January

I know we may still have a blizzard to two this winter, but today was in the high fifties and I was outside with just a hooded sweatshirt.


Here is one of several groups of crocuses that have emerged from the ground.  These are snow crocuses and have the smallest flowers.


The mini daffodils are emerging along with weeds on the south side of the back fence.


I checked on the praying mantis sac that I moved on to the fence behind the ornamental grass last fall.


This kale looks like it will make it through the winter, though some of the stalks of kale look ready for the compost pile.


Looking into the neighbor’s yard it looks like he has put out some lettuce, hoping to attract a female rabbit to make her home under his deck and give him some baby bunnies to watch.  Of course, this is the opposite of what I am hoping for as they tend to squeeze into our side of the fence where the food is more plentiful in the garden.  But I am glad my neighbor likes wildlife….


The moss continues to spread through the rocks.


I had to pause to look at these leave on a gaillardia plant.


I have to admit that creeping Charlie is my worst garden enemy, and it seems to love this weather.  I can’t let it stress me out.


Most of the year the rhubarb leaves are covering this stepping stone, but not today.  I did see a few real insects flying around this afternoon, but did not manager to get any photos.


My rabbit loving neighbor feeds the birds as well, and the squirrel was taking advantage of the dropped seeds.


Black-capped chickadee in the spice bush.


Starlings on the utility line.


I am throwing in a shot of a tufted titmouse I saw near the Little Red Schoolhouse on January 8th.


I will end with a shot from Lake Katherine where three of us took a beautiful morning walk.

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