We've had our coldest day of the winter at 22 degrees and everything that was blooming is a memory. So, I am so very appreciative of the winter kale and cabbages that I've planted here and there in the garden. This is my favorite~~ I love the lacy texture.With no snow white blanket over the garden~~ kales and cabbages are important winter color. But that's not all...They survive winter assaults and keep on looking good for most of the winter here in our zone 7-ish garden. Here's what you can look forward to each spring. Sweet yellow blooms that look especially nice with the tulips. You'll also have loads of little fluttering Cabbage White Butterflies for most of the summer. There are no photos of them in the C&L archives to show you. They are nearly impossible to capture ....But, they are one of the most common little butterflies in the USA and you've probably all seen them.
Now, if you want these nice yellow flowers, you'll have to forgo the temptation to pull the scraggly looking plant out in late winter or early spring. Just let those surviving plants alone and they will set buds and bloom...They are so worth it for me. Maybe not if you're growing broccoli and cabbages~~You can always use row covers to protect those crops from the cabbage white lopers;-) Don't the yellow flowers look especially sweet with violas? (flowering kale spring 2009)
Did you mind the fast forward to spring? Shall we get back to the now!
The little birds are here almost every morning. They arrive once the sun peaks over the tree tops and warms up the patio. They are fun to watch and occasionally a good photo can be captured through the glass doors.
They jostle each other for space on the feeder...It might be time to fill all the feeders! One of my favorite little guys...Mr Tufted Titmouse! Isn't he a perky little fellow! He's waiting for me to replace the suet.
Speaking of birds, I wanted to show you this photo from my trip to Providence. We were on our way out of town and chanced to look out the hotel window to see this sight~
What do you suppose the pigeons know about the roof at this house? Camouflage? Warmth? Group think? Don't laugh, pigeons actually do have flock behavior~~When one pigeon flies about looking for predators they all follow suit. We waited quite a while for the elevator and they never flew away. What a fascinating roost....I hope their tootsies were warm....and the folks living there don't mind.
Thanks for joining me on Mish Mash Monday~The brainchild of Monica of Garden Faerie's Musings.
I do hope you've all had a wonderfully peaceful and restful weekend.