Apparently we’re experiencing one of the wettest Aprils on record. I made numerous attempts at constructing the framework for my potager/kitchen garden, but nature had other plans – like washing away the four dumptruck loads of soil I had delivered, and raining so hard my tomato plants (still in pots) split in half. So this week, after enduring tornadoes and the blackest late-morning skies I’ve ever seen, I decided to stop making plans and just do whatever I could with the time (or weather) I was given.
Part of that was observing the numerous birds that swooped in between monsoons to hunt for food. I know so very little about birds, and it’s my weakest area as an amateur naturalist. I got to meet the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Nyctanassa violacea, which I’m told is the same bird Cajuns call a “Gros-Bec”.
The heavy rains also brought in the snakes (reptiles need high ground too!). This was a docile little Rat Snake, Pantherophis obsoleta, hiding next to my potted plants by the back door. Since they eat rodents I am more than happy to have them hanging around the house. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Finally, the few dry weekend mornings I’ve had this spring were spent like this. Today is one of those perfect 70 degrees and sunny days (the forecast is showing a sunny week ahead too, but I’m understandably skeptical). So I’m finally going to jump in the garden and see what’s still possible to grow this season. Right now!