I was delighted this past Monday, March 26th, to see two egrets standing at the edge of one of the large retention ponds to the west of our home. Mother and I used to vie to see who might see the first egret to return, and there was always a race to see who would see them first as we drove past on our way to exercise. It's a miracle I didn't drive off the road while swiveling my head, looking for egrets!
Following two weeks of incredibly warm weather, we are now in a cooler trend, with rain expected off and on during the coming week. Many of my daffodils need to be dead-headed, but I still have a lovely collection in bloom, along with the redbud tree at the front of the house. The snowbells burst into bloom, and I discovered that they are apparently getting help from the chipmunks to expand the area they cover. The chippies have moved all my windflowers out into the lawn!
The star magnolia, squill and forsythia blooms are gone, but the tulips have opened. I wouldn't be surprised to see the iris open at their usual time, despite all the warm weather we had.
My herb garden has gotten off to a good start. I need to prune the winter savory, and dig up volunteer garlic chives. If I find the time, I'm digging them out of the garden. They have become a plant I no longer love. And, I need to dig up some volunteers in the walkway of the herb garden, just to tidy things up. I'll wait until this weekend, because it's supposed to rain tomorrow.