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Butterfly Expo

By: GardenGrrl, 9:08 AM GMT on March 28, 2010

One sure sign of spring is the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens live butterfly exhibit. We made the pilgramage to Cow-Town and had a wonderful day of chasing butterflies for pictures.

My favorites are the elusive Blue Morphos. The moment they land, they shut their wings tight as a defensive measure against predators. This makes them a challenge (and much more fun) to photograph. Blue Morphos are large active butterflys that often chase each other around the foliage and in between the crowds of people in an electric blue conga line.

If you know of a live butterfly exhibit in your area, it is soooo worth going to.

GARDEN HINT... The best all around flower for attracting butterflies in your garden is the perennial called "Pincushion Flower or Scabiosa". It blooms all season and stays in nice medium mounds never taller than 14 inches to top of flowers. The mound itself stays about 8 to 12 inches high.

Updated: 8:47 AM GMT on April 01, 2010


70f and Snow! Must Be Spring

By: GardenGrrl, 8:50 AM GMT on March 05, 2010

Ahhhh, Spring Time In Texas.
It is indeed the first day of spring and how else to herald it in but with a balmy 70f last day of winter and a snowy 32f first day Spring.

Okay, I learned something new about posting images from Flickr. They all went to the bottom of the page. Hmmm. Wanted them up here. Copied and pasted to right above.
Seems to have worked. Is there an easier way?

Hummingbirds have officially shown up in N. Texas.
Saturday afternoon I heard the whirring wings and chittering call of my little Black Chinned Hummingbirds that come stay for the summer.
Fortunately I had just washed and sterilized the feeders so they were ready to fill and put out. After their long flight I'm sure these little guys were hungry.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Fill your Feeders! :-) 03/06/10

The Robins and Waxwings are here with some sunshine. This has been my best spring birding week ever at the house. There have been three new birds I have never seen before and actually got fairly decent pictures of.

Oh Happy Day! This afternoon when I took Roxy out for a sunshine soaked walk, I saw all kinds of tiny birds that I didn't recognize. RAN back to the house and grabbed my little point and shoot camera, then proceeded to stalk birds because I need to be within forty feet to get a decent shot. That is not easy.

Missed a few birds that were new to around here so can't for sure say what they were, but got some stellar shots (for me and this camera) of a Golden Crown Kinglet. There was also a small flock of Yellow Rumped Warblers. Couldn't get close enough for identifiable group shots, but got a few decent singles on digital zoom.

Music please...ta,da,ta,daaaaah, may I present, "Gardengrrls; Lewisville, Texas Bird-A-Palooza!"

Updated: 10:24 AM GMT on March 21, 2010


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