I read that rain is coming this weekend, so I took the lawnmower out for the first time and cut a little bit of grass. Then I walked around the yard with my camera, looking for buds, weeds, wildflowers, and things that need to be done around the place.
This tree has some strong and healthy-looking buds.
My baby cottonwood is growing, but I didn't see any large buds. This seems to happen every year. I'll wonder if it's still alive, then before I know it, both cottonwoods are full of green leaves. So I won't worry this year, just wait for it to take its time.
I see the beginning of flowers inside the buds on my lilac bush. Unfortunately, it has never bloomed since the first year we lived here. I don't know if it's the late frost we always seem to get or if there is another reason. Our town is famous for its lilacs, so at least I get to see and smell them there.
Maybe I have a secret dream to be like Edith Holden, the Edwardian lady, who wrote such a wonderful diary of her observations of plant and wildlife. Edith painted all the flowers and animals she encountered on her walks around the English countryside and wrote about them in her diary. She knew the name of every single flower, of course. Love this book!
As far as wildlife goes, the ground squirrels are busy; I've seen a few rabbits, but not much else. Today, I saw two small coveys of quail again – I haven't seen them for a while. I'm waiting for my favorite bird to come back, the Road Runner. I just love to watch them run around the yard, catching insects and snakes. Today I also saw the first white butterfly – there are so many of them here in the summer and they appear to be following us when I walk the dogs. Of course, that couldn't be true, but they fly next to us as we walk down the road in the summer.