I could hardly contain myself ...gardening? walking? skipping around the garden in glee? I did a bit of all that.
The mock orange bush near the front door is full of scented blooms ~
The red oak is leafing ever so gently ~
The lilac tree is in bud and I was able to catch a whiff of its special fragrance ~
The daffodils in the back radiate with sunshine ~
The winter pear is bountifully blessed with blossoms ~
A minute ladybug (about half-size) on a golden plum leaf ~
Here is a close-up ~
Here are some interesting facts about ladybugs from this site.
• Because Ladybugs eat lots of aphids and other pest insects, many gardeners and farmers use them for pest control instead of chemicals.
• A Ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime.
• Not all Ladybugs have spots.
• Ladybugs will clean themselves after a meal.
• Ladybugs come in many colors like pink, yellow, white, orange and black.
• Over 300 types of Ladybugs live in North America.
• Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes bad so predators won’t eat them.
• Ladybugs hibernate in large groups in cold weather.
• Many countries consider a ladybug to be a sign of good luck.
• Ladybugs are actually beetles, so sometimes are called LadyBeetles.
• The bright colors of Ladybugs warn birds that they don’t taste good.
• The spots on a Ladybug fade as they get older
and a Robin was contemplating some pressing issues:
I enjoyed reading about the American Robin's nest building process and the way it was presented on this site.
I found the following information on this site.
If you hear a robin early in the morning and it is singing, it is a male American robin. The female does make certain chirping sounds, but they are used for communication. She uses them to locate the male and to warn him of approaching predators. But the male is the song bird, and while the young robins are still in the nest, they will make loud chirping sounds along with the father.
About 4 p.m., it was so pleasant on the deck, I lounged with my ebook!! Ahhh, perfect...I decided to eat my supper out there too. The aroma of BBQ wafted through the air from somewhere else...
After supper, I went for a walk around the neighbourhood, accompanied by the melodic song of a House Finch.
Pink blossoms contrasted beautifully with the blue sky background, although many petals were scattered like confetti, circling the curb with their prettiness.
Fortunately, more of this kind of weather is forecast into the long weekend (Victoria Day is next Monday)...;)
Yay ~ Spring is back :)