The tree in question is the small live oak we planted in May 2009 to replace the builder-planted one that had "drowned." Click here for my husband's amusing account of that adventure.
Personally, I don't think it's nearly big enough to house a nest, but sure enough, there was a mockingbird industriously hopping to and fro with twigs.
Strange that she didn't just use the fairly substantial nest in the other live oak tree, 15 feet away. (See the dark clump in the middle?
That tree housed a family of mockingbirds last year but our guest this year prefers more custom features and is building her own nest.
I hope she keeps working on it, because looking at it close up, I'd say there's a good chance any eggs would fall through the bottom as it is right now!
Here are both trees seen from the street. (This post gets its title from the fact that these trees, and a lot of other things in the garden, are covered in new, bright green leaves.)
Underneath the small live oak, the little clump of bluebonnets is in full bloom.
I hope I get more of these next year. This self-seeded, but I think I'll try and collect some seeds to give it a helping hand next year.
In the back garden, the Star (Scentless) Jasmine is covered in buds. This vine is growing rampantly and will need to be trimmed this year. I just need to make sure I do it at the right time of year and that I don't kill it in the process! The scented Star Jasmine, growing next to it, is much smaller still but is also starting to bloom and grow.
In the back garden, I had pulled out a bunch of weed that was growing in with the homestead verbena. Apparently I missed this one (which is actually in the lawn - the verbena has spread about 2 feet beyond the border) and I'm glad I did! I love the color combination! Looking around the lawn, there's a lot more of it but it got mowed last night, so it won't get a chance to flower.
Finally, on the patio, I had pinched the fuschia back to remove the seed pods, and had given it a little fertilizer. It's now rewarding me with a second flush of blooms. They aren't as big as the first round, but I'm happy to see them anyway.
I hope you are all seeing signs of renewal in your spring gardens.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.