Wednesday, March 31, 2010


A cold storm moved in. Rain in the wee hours. So far nothing but clouds today.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Double Ruffed

Cooler, yes, and windy. Little rain to speak of around these parts. Sierra snows have caused plan postponement.

Monday, March 29, 2010


The clouds and darkness of winter have returned. The low temperatures have not returned--at least not yet. It is windy as well.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tailed Blue

This butterfly is about a 1/2 inch long. It looks an awful lot like a Western Tailed Blue female but those are locally extinct. It doesn't have the orange markings of the Eastern Tailed Blue, though, so I'm probably barking up the wrong tree altogether.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I love the sight of tiny leaves swelling into recognizable things. All the plants we bought are in the ground. I think there's room for more.

Friday, March 26, 2010


What an incredibly long week this has been. Lots of things going awry. At least the flowers are pretty.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rolling In

It did rain in the middle of the night last night. More rain this afternoon and again in the evening. Maybe some of the pollen will be scrubbed from the air.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pretty in Pink

There's a rumor of rain. I think the flowers will like it. If it materializes.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Seeing Spots

The fava beans are blooming and drawing in the neighborhood bees. Another lovely spring day with a touch of wind. Is this my favorite season?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pink Pyramid

Suffering from the Monday blues. Flowers help. So does the sun.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I'm ecstatic that there are more insects out and about. Great weather, more sun, bugs--who could ask for more? We bought our tomato and other plants for the summer garden today.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Shadow Knows

Warm and a tad humid but still glorious outside. We saw a couple of Tiger Swallowtails, a lone turkey, and lots of other bird life. A good first day of spring.

Friday, March 19, 2010


The bees were really getting into their work today as were the butterflies. We almost made it to eighty degrees. Nothing like barreling headlong into spring.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Strong wind from the north. Flowers did the tarantella. I sneezed.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Orange and the Green

Marigolds have sort of an odd scent that's not altogether pleasant. I believe it was warmer again today. The sky may have been a bit bluer, though it was still quite cloudy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Black Velvet

There are no visible stars tonight because of a high overcast. Slightly warmer today and just plain lovely. Flowers everywhere.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rock On

It was a mellow Ides. I think everyone was missing that extra hour of sleep. Temperatures reached the seventies for the first time this year.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Nut Case

The squirrels and birds obviously think it's spring. I saw a bumblebee but fell in a hole when I tried to get close enough for a picture. The bee fled.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


The rain is gone and the sky was a brilliant blue. Windy and crisp with just a couple of small white clouds rushing by. A few wildflowers and redbuds bursting into bloom.

Friday, March 12, 2010

For the Masses

After a day of rain the poppies bowed their heads. There was another rainbow this evening. Blue skies ahead.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


It warmed up a bit. The day was topsy-turvy. Starts all over again tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Pips

It rained as predicted last night. Excellent lemon harvest from my tree this year. It's putting out more growth.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Still quite chilly and we're supposedly going to get some rain. Probably not much. A brief storm would keep the pollen in check.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Last Hurrah

Winter has taken one last stand. A chilled wind blew in. Even the tulips looked shocked.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Black Phoebe

Perfect day, weather-wise: blue sky, light breeze, and neither too hot nor too cold. There were birds in almost every tree. Nature was loud.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


More invasive plants. Of course, when I was a kid it was fun to make "scissors" out of the seedpods of the filaree. The way their seeds spiral into the ground is totally cool.

Friday, March 5, 2010


My amaryllis didn't bloom. Instead they are ungainly and floppy. Too bad.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I was surprised to see that most of the blossoms survived the heavy rain we've been having. But, there they were, doing their thing. Today's sun was quite the contrast to yesterday's lack thereof.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Still Going

I missed the thunderstorm and the hail but am assured that they happened this afternoon. Rain I experienced. And, it's colder by far.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yet Again

Oh, the rain! From indoors it looked like the storm was tapering off. I ended up standing in a cloudburst and driving home was like fording a river.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Vinca Minor

The day became increasingly cloudy as it wore on. I guess we're in for more rain. And time marches on.