After last week's snow, sleet and freezing rain we had balmy and humid temps in the 60's on Friday, with the threat of tornadoes. Welcome to winter in central NC. Even when we do experience doses of real winter weather, there are almost always days like spring mixed in too. Very, very thankfully we did not receive the apocalyptic 2" of ice that was forecast last week. We just got snow and then a trace of freezing rain and our power stayed on.
Once the snow melted and the weather warmed up, the frogs turned their music up full blast and the flowers of the winter honeysuckle, which I had thought finished by the cold, are coming out again and buzzing with honeybees. The early speedwells, both the volunteer Creeping Speedwell and Georgia Speedwell, are covered with blue flowers. The Bluebirds and Song Sparrows are singing and some of the crocus are in bloom! To celebrate the eventual return of spring here are pictures of the garden next to the house from May of 2013.