Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Frogger is alive and well!

The pond is usually frozen well into March but has all ready been thawed for a couple of weeks.  Today while I was outside I noticed bubbles rising from the water near the waterfall.  We were blessed with baby koi and goldfish and thought maybe it was them but upon closer observation it was one of our frogs.  He was trying to hide in some rocks.  I don't know why he was making bubbles and I probably don't want to know but it was exciting to see him back again.  I can't wait to see if he starts croaking tonight!

This isn't a very good picture but here he is.

From the first season we had water in our pond it became home to a frog, and then 2, and then .....  He would announce the arrival of spring by croaking his little heart out every evening starting at 9:00 until 10:00 - just like clock-work. After a few weeks another frog joined him in the pond and the chorus continued in harmony. Well, a little croaking goes a long way, especially when you are trying to go to sleep. Our neighbor would yell out his back window telling us to 'shut that ******* frog up'! He was really a very nice man but the croaking just drove him crazy. Fortunately, the croaking only lasts about 4 weeks but has occured every year for the last five years.

Last year was the first time we noticed baby frogs when they started sunning themselves on the lily pads.

The weather is suppose to be close to record highs through next week so I will keep an eye out for his companion's return.

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's a wrap!

I just can't believe January has come and gone already.  We started January with snow and ended it the same way, but today the sun came out and melted most of it off.  I stole a peek at my winter-sown containers today even though I really didn't expect to see anything and I didn't.  I have delphiniums I will be winter-sowing tomorrow.  Last week, on Tuesday, I started mesclun in a recycled salad container and Thursday I had sprouts already.  The sprouts are about an inch tall already.  I can't wait for fresh, homegrown salad greens.  I also cut some red twig dogwood cuttings a couple of weeks ago and stuck them in a jar of water in my kitchen.  They have little tiny roots!

My hubby has the basic structure of our chicken coop started.  I am having fun trying to decide how I want to 'decorate' the chickens' new home.  When I ask him about color schemes and the endless possibilities for decorating it he just rolls his eyes, shakes his head, and walks away.  How rude!

Here is the coop:

I am hoping to have fresh greens in a couple more weeks:

The weather cooperated last week and allowed me finally clean-up my irises.  How embarassing the mess was!  You can see a little bit of green poking through.

Much better now!

I better go now, my husband is slamming cupboard doors in the kitchen, his way of reminding me it is dinnertime.  Let the countdown to spring begin!