Spring has finally arrived here in northern Kentucky. An exploration of my brother’s yard this Easter weekend revealed all kinds of goodies! The lovely violets are in full bloom. We picked, washed and froze some of the flowers in ice-cube trays to use later in glasses of lemonade for a pretty splash of color. These are vital host plants for our various species of native fritillary butterflies.
The birds are busy building nests and laying eggs. A momma robin decided to set up housekeeping among the branches of the native coral honeysuckle that grows between a lattice-work trellis and the privacy fence. She’s tending to three beautiful blue eggs.
A momma wren chose a more interesting nursery…. inside a watering can! She filled the entire can with leaves, moss and grass…. a soft and fluffy nest for her brown speckled eggs.
And, for the tiniest Easter egg of all… a sulphur butterfly flew into the yard to check out the clover growing in the lawn. It was fun to watch her investigate each leaf before she paused long enough to “glue” on a single egg. A new generation of life is well on its way in my brother’s beautiful wildlife garden.
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