This past week, I made my first stop of the season at the garden center. A few plants came home with me, in hopes of getting them planted in the front bed along the walk. We had a lovely afternoon the day after and I was able to get outside and clean out all the fall debris and begin digging up the bed, taking care to not disturb the tulips and grape hyacinths coming up. I was hopeful to be able to finish the following day and plant the forget-me-nots and spring blooming phlox I had purchased. But the weather turned bitter cold and then I had three long days of work. Yesterday was very cold with heavy snow and wind, so these sweet little posies are living on top of my washing machine at the moment! They cheer me up every time I walk past them and give me hope that spring really is coming... eventually!
During the snow yesterday, the birds huddled on the trees and bushes around the bird-feeders. I sketched this collared dove sitting on one of the aspen trees.
While I had the camera out, Thomas posed so nicely for me! He seems to love the attention he gets when I'm taking photos of him!
This is one of the house finches we had visiting yesterday. Their color is especially vibrant this time of year!