A Spring Day

Today is a beautiful Spring day and some new flowers decided to open.  The Amaryllis that I got at a plant exchange put up two stalks and all four flowers opened at the same time.

This Iris was found in a mulch delivery many years ago.

These big bees are everywhere.  I haven’t been able to photograph them, but there are Robins singing in the trees.  They are probably refueling for their trip north.  The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds have arrived.

Happily, the next generation of Monarch butterflies are in the making.

I’ve had several Monarch butterflies floating around the garden.  This one seems a bit beat up.  Maybe it made the flight from Mexico.  Can you see the caterpillar on the leaf?

I hope you can find some beauty in your day.

18 Comments on “A Spring Day”

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    So thrilling to see the Monarchs have made it to Texas, first generation of the new year!
    Pretty amaryllis and to find such a nice iris in mulch, who would have thought?

  2. Misti says:

    I’ve been keeping an eye out for monarch caterpillars here but so far only adults looking to lay eggs. Not quite enough milkweed leafed out for that yet.

  3. Deb says:

    Spring is so delightful after a winter.. everything turning green.👏😊

  4. Lovely photos. I’m surprised that you have Monarchs and caterpillars already. You must live far south of me, as they don’t make an appearance in Ohio until mid summer. Thank you for sharing yours.

    • Yes, I do. I’m in SE Texas and not so far from Mexico, as the crow flies (or butterfly). Many butterflies do not make the trip all the way to Mexico, so these may not have come as far. It is normal to have them now. I will send them your way. We will have many “visitor” birds passing by, but most tend to hung the coast. Occasionally, they visit my garden. It is exciting for me, but my home birds get riled up when the strangers come.

  5. shoreacres says:

    Loved seeing the butterflies and caterpillar. I’ve come across the butterflies, but no caterpillars yet. Having a garden makes a big difference!

  6. Tina says:

    Oooh, great shots!! I’ve seen a couple of monarchs through the garden. Haven’t yet seen any caterpillars on the milkweed, but there’s still time.

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Excellent source of an iris!

  8. Sheryl says:

    The flowers are lovely. Did you do anything special to get the Amaryllis to bloom outside? I have an Amaryllis with straggly leaves sitting in my kitchen. I’m planning to plant it outdoors when it gets warmer for a couple months (but I assume it won’t bloom out there). Then I plan to bring it into the garage and let it dry out for several months – and then hopefully it will bloom next December. This is the first time that I’ve ever tried to get an Amaryllis to bloom a second time, so it may not work out at all.

    • My brother, who lives in the north, pust the amaryllis in the basement for the winter. I will see if I can get more details, but his all have been reblooming for years. We can keep them outside year around here and mine did really well in the past,but most are not making flowers. The one in the picture was a passalong and I would guess maybe not bred as much as the ones we buy at Christmas. It is probably more of an original cultivar. I am not a horticulturalist, so that’s just my guess.

    • I talked to my brother who lives up north and grows beautiful Amaryllis that rebloom every year and this is what he told me. In late Fall before the first frost, he cuts the leaves off of the bulbs and puts them in the basement in their pots for the winter. In the Spring when the flowers buds start up (around now), he moves them upstairs to get some sun from a window and starts to water them. When it is warm enough, he puts them in the shade (east side of house) for the summer and fertilizes with Miracle Grow every two weeks and of course waters as needed. I hope this helps.

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