The rain continues and the flowers are loving it. (so am I)

I am almost afraid to say anything to jinx the unusually pleasant weather we have had (so far).  It has given us a bumper crop of dewberries.  These grow wild near our house. We picked two quarts today.

Dewberry bloomsThese beautiful flowers have now become this:

Below:  These Gaillardia pulchella have just started blooming on our land.

They are beautiful along the roadsides in the Hill Country right now.

This thistle was a bit weather beaten but I loved the way it looked.

This little Syrphis Hoverfly did too.

Sensitive Briar (Mimosa quadrivalvus) grows wild along the railroad tracks.  I remember it being more fragrant than the ones I found today. Oh well, it is still beautiful.

 

Colors of Spring

The rain this winter has made everything happy this spring.  All around us the trees are green, the flowers are bright and colorful and we are seeing more birds visiting the feeders than last year.

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets along driveway

Dark Blue Bluebonnet

Lithospermum incisum, known as Fringed Puccoon.

Yellow flowers 1

Wild Onion

wild onion bloom

 Erodium texanum, also known as Texas Filaree, Texas Stork’s Bill, or Heronbill (Front)

purple prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) (back left)

Purple flowers 1 edit

Dewberry

Dewberry blooms

Wild Honeysuckle (Growing high up in an Oak tree)

Wild Honeysuckle in tree top 2

Wild Honeysuckle in tree top

Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)

Flowering tree 1

Flowering tree close up of flowers

Flowering tree Closeup of bark

I had not noticed this tree until we did some clearing this past summer.  After reading about it, I am glad we left it.

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PRSE2

Cardinal

Back of cardinal on kitty feeder

cardinal with mouth open on feeder