AS I SAT IN THE SUNROOM reading yesterday, I witnessed an AMAZING scene. I was in the right spot, at the right time, to see a busy rabbit prepare her Spring burrow. What a privilege to watch!
THE RABBIT SELECTED A LOVELY SETTING for her den underneath a patch of purple groundcover in the backyard. She worked diligently digging out a cavern with first her front legs.
THEN SHE STRETCHED HER LONG, BUNNY LEGS straight out and dug some more and pulled the dirt away from the growing hole ballooning under the flower bed.
I ADMIRED HER DEDICATION to her task. I named her Flo. She finally excavated a hole with an opening about the size of a softball. (I regret I didn’t get a picture of the entrance before she closed it).
FLO PULLED GRASS AND CLOVER and carried it in her mouth to the rabbit warren… I supposed she was making a soft bed for some baby rabbits she was expecting.
WHEN SHE HAD CARRIED enough grass to suit her, she entered the rabbit cave, and began to pull the mulch surrounding the flowers over the opening, until it was completely covered, and she was no longer visible.
I DIDN’T HAVE THE HEART to chase her away before she took up residence. I guess I’ll need to fence my vegetable garden and protect the young flower shoots a little. Maybe there will be enough for all of us.
SPRING IS EVERYWHERE NOW… bringing industry and enthusiasm for new beginnings.
BRIGHT PINK DRESSES cover the bases of our trees, making an appearance just in time for Easter this year.
SOFT PURPLE SPRAYS tossed in the air by other trees.
CAROLINA JASAMINE waves its branches in the April wind…decked out in lemony yellow and whiffs of lovely.
IRISES are popping open their showy beards in colorful array.
THE MALLARDS ARE PAIRING for their seasonal selections of mates. Annie stops by each evening with the two drakes she has accepted for this year. They are always at her side … her mate and his wingman (wingdrake?) They wait patiently while she eats her fill, and protect her when other drakes come too close They stay about 15 minutes, begging for a corn handout before flying back to the pond across the way.
OBSERVING SO MUCH industry outside, I am motivated to work on my own Spring “to do” list. Let’s see, I have cleaned out the sock drawer…
… and had the chaise lounge in the sunroom re-upholstered. What’s next? (The chaise is my favorite place to read, make lists or just enjoy the flowers, birds, and other critters at play and work in the back yard.)
Sue Marquis Bishop 2015