Still nary a bloom in my Central Texas garden. Only one thing of interest I could find:
Meet Pogo, our garden possum. Possums are nocturnal, so Pogo must be very hungry to be out and about in the early morning. Pogo's eating sunflower seeds that the birds knocked from the feeders onto the ground. Fine by me - eat all the seeds ya want, just stay away from my veggies!
This shot was taken just before Pogo saw me at the back window and scurried off. This is the closest I've ever been able to get -- close enough to see Pogo's two-tone tail and black legs.
Possums are funny things. Although a possum looks like a cross between a cat and a rat, it's actually a marsupial, related to koalas and kangaroos. Possums have opposable thumbs on their hind feet, and use their prehensile tails for grasping and balancing. I think possums are fascinating -- and at times aggravating, especially when they steal my melons.
If you want to learn more about possums, visit the Opossum Society of the United States. If you want to see actual garden blooms, visit May Dreams Gardens -- I'm sure some of Carol's Southern Hemisphere and West Coast readers have some actual photos of flowers to share.
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