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Today we registered our yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The National Wildlife Federation has a page on gardening for wildlife which lays out the components. I have boldfaced the ones I have.

Read more... )
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It was drizzling off and on earlier today, but cleared up for a while.  So I went outside and planted the Tricyrtis hirta and Tricyrtis 'Tojen' from yesterday.  They went into the purple-and-white garden where I put the Blue Wonder earlier.  :D

More blue grape hyacinths are blooming around the yard.  Echinacea and yellow coneflower are leafing out in the wildflower garden.  Newly blooming are paperwhite narcissus in the white garden.

Birds have been fluttering around the feeders today, mostly sparrows.  There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Dealing with Inkblots
Cookbooks for the Blind
Saturday Yardening
Month of Rainbows Bingo Card 4-1-17
Read "Butterfly Net" Part 7 by Redsixwing
Cuddle Party
Wednesday Yardening


Watch for the Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 4 with a theme of "living in the cracks." I hope to see you there!


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 4 new verses.  Mrs. Ozenne observes Saraphina.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 4 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra talk about whether to set aside dangerous things for a while. 


Weather has been moderate, and looks drizzly today.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, a pair of cardinals, a brown thrasher, and a house finch.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils, tulips, scilla, hyacinths, blue grape hyacinth, blue-and-white violets, purple violets, pear, anemone.  Redbud has buds but they're not open yet.
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Today I saw a house finch at the fly-through feeder. :D They're pretty little things, like a sparrow with a reddish head and chest. Some years we have a whole flock, other times none for a while.

Walking outside, I saw that some of the new blue grape hyacinths beside the patio are budding. They're a bit later than the volunteers already there.

Thanks to the various folks who sang the praises of toad lilies, I picked up the other two colors available. I think they're Taipei Silk and Trycyrtis formosanna.
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Today I fed the birds. There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.

It is cool and mostly sunny, so the flowers are open. :D

Walk with me ... )
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Saturday will be my birthday.  I tend to spend it hiding at home to avoid the obnoxious behavior.  This year, I found a meme that fits, which I have modified for my uses:

As April first is Saturday, I hereby pledge not to post any pranks, jokes, false links, or screamers. Nothing originating on this blog will be a prank or deliberately incorrect. If I re-post or link to other people’s pranks, which I rarely do, they will be clearly marked so you don't click on them and think they're real.

No direct links to howling horribleness, and no alternative facts baldfaced lies, will ever purposefully appear on this blog unless to be mocked as barbarism. If one does, it's a hack or something changed, or I messed up; please let me know immediately so I can fix it.

Stay safe out there, my dears! We non-pranksters have got your back
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Feel free to copy this and join the resistance.
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Today I fed the birds.  There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.  I saw a brown thrasher in the fly-through feeder.

I trimmed some brush around the purple-and-white garden.  

The pear tree is blooming.  Both goji berry bushes survived the freeze earlier and are putting out leaves.  Pink buds are appearing on the redbud trees.

Weather today is chilly and wet, intermittently drizzling. 
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Today I planted a pair of purple tricyrtis in the purple-and-white garden.

The weather is cool and cloudy.  There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.

Walk with me... )
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Humpback Whales Organizing
Poem: "A Tornado of Thought"
Friday Yardening
Trail Mail Vol. 1, No. 5, March 24, 2017
Wednesday Yardening
Poem: "A Dangerous Thing with Style"
The Creation of Water
Milkweed and Monarchs

Last week's half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes has sold out.  \o/  Thank you for your generosity.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact talk with a new teacher.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra learn about a craft class.  "The Whip of His Own Remorse" is now complete.  Find out how Stylet reacts to learning about the buggles.


Weather has been moderate, and is raining today.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, and a lady cardinal.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: snowdrops, forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils, tulips, apricots, plum, scilla, hyacinths, blue grape hyacinth, blue-and-white violets.
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Today I planted three Here Lies Butch daylilies beside the patio where the herb gardens are, and mulched around them.

Weather is warm but very blustery.

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest by the kitchen window.

The barrel garden has a purple hyacinth budding beneath it.  The first of the purple grape hyacinths have opened near the patio.  Daffodils are budding in the inner ring around the maple tree, and a purple crocus is blooming there.  I saw the first blue-and-white violet blooming today. 
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I didn't find time to post this on Wednesday. I planted three irises in the wagonwheel garden.

Walk with me ... )
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Today I finished planting the last few Asiatic lilies, and mulched around the telephone pole.  Then I planted 3 Siberian irises in the wagonwheel garden. 

Apricots and plum are blooming.  So are some crocus along the driveway.  

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
The Personhood of Rivers
Saturday Yardening
Read "Play the Pipes, Beat the Drum" by Siliconshaman
Poem: "Spooked"
Read "What Real Courage Is"
2017 Rose & Bay Awards
Wednesday Yardening

The [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam went well this weekend.

This week there is a half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 2 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina interact talk with a new teacher.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 4 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra learn about a craft class.


Weather has been cool, but was warmer today.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, a pair of cardinals, and a northern flicker.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: snowdrops, forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils, tulips, apricots, plum.
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Today we hiked around the yard to make a list of projects for the tree guys to take care of.

*goflopnow* 
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 Today I saw a northern flicker on the ground under the hopper feeder.  We used to have a lot of these.  They have since been largely replaced by red-bellied woodpeckers.  Read more about the woodpeckers of Illinois.
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Today I planted most of the 25 Asiatic Lilies around the barrel garden and telephone pole.

Weather is sunny and warming.  I fed the birds too.  There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.

Walk with me... )
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It's chilly and overcast today.  I fed the birds.  Mourning dove is still sitting on two eggs.  I saw a pair of cardinals earlier this week too.

I planted three White Feather hostas in the purple-and-white garden near the patio. 

My birthday package from Mom & Dad also includes:
25 Asiatic Lily Mixed
25 Dutch Iris
3 Daylily 'Here Lies Butch' 
3 Shaker's Prayer Siberian Iris
3 Iris Versicolor Dark Aura
10 Mixed Hostas (which haven't arrived yet)

\o/
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Today I fed the birds.  There are now two little white eggs in the mourning dove nest by the kitchen window.  :D

The weather is chilly and clear.  It looks like the spring bulbs have survived the snow; daffodils, crocus, Dutch iris, snowdrops, and forsythia are still blooming.

Also my father ordered a TON more plants for me.  \o/ 
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All I did was feed the birds today.

Weather is not suitable for yardwork now.  Yesterday it snowed, alternating with rain.  Most of that has melted off, but some is left.  I think the spring bulbs have survived, though; the daffodils and crocus are still blooming.

Despite the weather, a mourning dove is once again nesting on our overhang porch, right beside one of the kitchen windows.  There is a little white egg in the nest.  :D

Also, my birthday plants have arrived.  \o/  We'll need to connect with my parents to pick up that package. 

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