Spring

The seasons will change in a couple of days, yet, when I checked the forecast this morning, snowflakes were in the forecast for the second day of spring. I was glad to see that by afternoon the predictions had been modified slightly for the better.

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weather

 

I am anxious to get the spring garden fully underway and start enjoying freshly harvested produce.

It was warm enough today for a green snake to come out from hibernation to enjoy the sunshine. We met him for the first time on a warm day about a week ago when Faye spotted him on the trellis where the Jasmine and yellow Jessamine grow. He spent the entire afternoon today curled up in the same spot on top of the trellis.

green snake

 

Pardon the bouncing camera.

 

I intended to keep an eye on him as the evening shadows came over to discover where he takes shelter from the cold. I was surprised that he went upwards instead of down. I became distracted by other activities and failed to learn the location of his hideout.

green snake

 

Reemergence from dormancy  is reassurance that spring is indeed on the way.



 


13 thoughts on “Spring

    1. I’m not comfortable with having venomous snakes around and dislike the blacksnakes that insist on living in the attic. Kingsnakes are good to have around because they eat copperheads. The green snakes are harmless and mind their own business. Pretty to look at too.

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      1. They showed an interesting, non-poisonous snake called a Bird Snake because they eat birds. He could open his mouth really, really big, but didn’t even try to bite the host/handler guy. He had a really pretty green snake – I think he said it was a Palm Viper – that could and does bite – but has a tiny mouth, low-intensity venom, and a low propensity for actually biting.

        I found him on Wikipedia –

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bothriechis_lateralis

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  1. He’s beautiful, nothing so exotic here. The robins have been collecting nesting materials during the couple of sun days we had last week and then the icy winds and blizzards returned, we had another 3” of snow and minus degrees centigrade again. I hope the birds don’t get caught out by these arctic conditions.

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    1. The birds are building nests here too. I cleaned out last year’s nests from the bluebird houses just in time. Every year the wrens build a nest in the barbecue and every year I relocate the nest. They are doing it again this year.

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      1. Oh yes, I remember about the wrens, you’d think they’d get the message by now 😄 We have wrens somewhere in our garden, I don’t know where the nest is, but they always appear at this time of year.

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    1. I assume this is a rough greensnake as apposed to a smooth greensnake. I’ve seen a few of them over the years. Snakes are creatures of habit so I expect to see it a lot. It likes to hang out on the trellis. Saw it there three days in a row. It even stayed there overnight in the rain one night.

      I’m more than ready for the cold weather to end. I may not wait for the blackberries to bloom before setting out plants.

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  2. I never knew that about waiting for the blackberries to bloom. I’ll have to keep that in mind. But, agreed. I’ve begun my successive sowing and aim to do so through hot and cold, wet and dry, as long as I can keep the weeds under control.

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    1. As winter winds down and the weather gets warmer it doesn’t happen all at once. There will be some warm days and the redbuds will bloom, but then there will be a cold snap. That is called Redbud Winter. A warming trend returns and the dogwoods bloom. Some people start planting their gardens, but there will be another cold snap, maybe even frost that can kill some plants. That is known as Dogwood Winter. The last cold snap, or “winter,” is after the blackberries bloom. Each successive “winter” is less and less severe and Blackberry Winter is merely a cooling trend because by then warm weather is here to stay and it is safe to put out even the tenderest of plants. There are many other named “winters” but those are the main ones.

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    1. Probably most people feel that way. I don’t fear the nonpoisonous ones but they always startle me when I unexpectedly encounter them. Although they are nonvenomous I loathe the blacksnakes that live in the attic. They are shown no mercy.

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