Most of the US is having unusually warm temperatures for this time of year. It is supposed to last through May, when I have my last frost date.
It surely has felt like spring this week, up in the 60s during the days and upper 30s at night. This morning I got a start on row 3 of raised bed 5. The Neverending story! I also found a good cornerstone for my raised stone bed and put it in place. Figured I better grab it when I saw it. Brought it over with my favorite tool, a small collapsible utility dolly. I use it a lot.
I saw my first butterfly this year, a Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). Beautiful thing, black with yellow edging. I don’t have any of its host plants, but it flew right past me anyway. It is native here and to much of the US. Common and large, it flies like a swallowtail and until I saw it better, I thought it was one.
I am enjoying the warmth and turned my heat off for the past two days. My solar window heaters are handling keeping the house warm with no energy cost. It will be nice on my budget if that continues. It might average out nicely since I have had high heating costs for two months.
Warmth and butterflies! I’ll be shocked when I get more snow.