One of the things we love about the house we bought on our return to Texas was the certification as a Wildlife Habitat House.
Maintaining that environment became our goal as we settled in. We had an unusually cold winter this year. Several days of temperatures below freezing are absolutely not a normal winter in Texas.
Neither are April days in the low 50 degree and high 40 degree range.
A few hardy birds and one or two hummingbirds stayed around, but most of our wildlife disappeared. It’s May and warmer temperatures have returned.
Baby squirrels play chase one another and mama shimmies up the bird feeder pole to shake birdseed down to her babies.
Dogwoods, Japanese magnolias, peach trees are filled with blooms. Four o’clock plants are popping up and soon will be bursting with red flowers.
Last year I worried that we’d lose our large population of hummingbirds when I started making their syrup instead of purchasing the commercial nectar as the previous owner did. This year it doesn’t seem to matter. I prepare hummingbird syrup at least twice a week.
Unfortunately, carpenter bees have also returned. More about these ugly critters next week.