We've had lots of rain this spring and the flowers in the neighborhood are loving it.
It seems to be an especially good year for roses. We panted our climbing rose about twelve years ago and the most it's produced is one or two flowers a year till last year. It did nicely last summer, but this year...WOW!
Look at all these pretty blooms.
But if you look closely to the left of the flower you'll notice something besides flowers in the rose bush.
I had to wait quite a while for Mama Cardinal to leave the nest before checking on the two new members of her family. They have only just hatched in this shot.
The next day they didn't look much different.
I wish she hadn't chosen the rose bush for her nest. She built in the very same place two years ago with sad results. Cardinals get their chicks out of the nest very early before they can really fly very well and that time the dogs trampled the chicks.
This year we'll check before letting the dogs out to make sure the chicks aren't hopping around the yard but life is dangerous for baby birds.
Even if we keep the dogs away, there is also this fellow who lives in the rock pile.