The month of February has the least number of days but sometimes it feels like the longest month.
If the pandemic doesn’t keep you at home, the weather in February will. Being retired means we don’t have to worry about going out when the weather isn’t good. At this rate, we come under hermit designation!
It is the month of a lot of snow and frequently ice/rain.
The bottle trees remain outside all winter and do really well in the cold, snow and ice. They are a splash of colour in a black and white garden.
The plants that show are resilient and provide pretty photos with the snow on them. Above are the miscanthus, sedum and yucca.
The Stumpy Family brave the weather all year. Mr Bucket (Mr. Bouquet, for lovers of the Keeping up Appearances tv show) can just see out over the drifts of of snow in front of the fence garden.
Another snowy day on February 22, 2021 gave us a fair bit of wet snow. The Canada flag is another burst of colour on the dull landscape.
The red tailed hawk stopped by the garden one afternoon. We frequently see it flying overhead as it scans the farm fields for food.
You can see the colouring on its tail, which gives it its name. He didn’t find any tasty things to eat that afternoon.
We have lots of our regular winter birds at the feeders – cardinals, sparrows, house finches (all in this photo) plus chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, gold finches, woodpeckers and bluejays.
This is certainly not one of my best photos, but it was taken through the living room window and the drift of snow buntings was across the road and 3 farm fields back. I could watch them swoop and swirl up and around, land, snack, and repeat several times. They are most likely on their way to the breeding grounds in the north.
The temperatures started to rise to just above 0 Celsius for the last few days. The robin can be heard and was hard to spot.
My collection of drop rocks for when we go out on our day trips is getting bigger.
This month I made a lot of thank you cards to go with items I’m either giving away or selling on Marketplace. These are all made using upcycled playing cards.
The black squirrels can be pesky but they are a great source of entertainment to watch. On a day that was like being inside a snow globe they ran, jumped and chased each other up and down the trees and found ways to get into the feeders.
The full moon for February came at the end of the month. The last couple of days have seen the temperatures around 5 Celsius and the dripping and melting have started.
I’m always glad to see February finish as it means we are that much closer to the time change and the arrival of spring. I’m sharing these views of the garden with Through my Garden Gate.