Dreaming of Spring Bird Arrivals, Gardening and Nature Walks…
While contemplating the arrival of a much-anticipated spring gardening and birding season, I started looking thru pictures of my yard and gardens from the last couple years. All of this made me realize what a bad case of cabin fever I have. The cure? No more snow, warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine!
Besides bird watching, my favorite activity is gardening. Many different species of birds are attracted to a wide variety of flowers, as well as trees and shrubs, not only for food but for nesting and protection from the elements and other wildlife. As odd as it may sound, I’m eagerly looking forward to the day when I can get outside, clean up the yard and gardens, and see the harsh effects of a long winter vanish. I’ve already begun leafing thru seed catalogs, planning my vegetable garden, and deciding which new flowers to incorporate into my gardens this year. My yard consists of gardens filled with an abundance of trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, a small pond with a waterfall (great for attracting birds and other wildlife), as well as various garden decor and sculptures throughout.
If I had to choose my favorite spring flower, it would probably be the Crocus. These little beauties are one of the first Spring bulbs to bloom, sometimes even popping up thru the snow. I so look forward to those little yellow and purple blooms- knowing that Spring isn’t far away. Some of my other Spring favorites include, but are not limited to, Daffodils, Tulips, Bearded Iris, Hyacinths, Lily of the Valley, Lilacs and Bleeding Heart.
With the mild weather we’ve experienced here in the Northeast during January and February, my Daffodils have already broken thru the ground. However, they have gone dormant again due to the snow and cold weather we’re having in March. Just a few more weeks and we should start seeing some serious improvements in the weather, and Spring bulbs will begin sprouting everywhere.
If you’re like me and are longing for Spring (and ultimately Summer), sit back and enjoy some pictures of my yard from last year. Before you know it, the weather will have broken and you’ll be gardening, going on nature walks and watching those beautiful little-feathered friends you’ve attracted to your backyard. Happy Birding!