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Today is cool and bright again.  :D  I'm being extra-careful about my sun exposure after yesterday's splendid excursion. We picked up three big piles of grass, and fortunately, much of that work was done in the shade.  \o/

EDIT 7/30/17: I pulled more weeds around the barrel garden.

EDIT 7/30/17: I trimmed weeds and brush from in front of the grass pile in the south lot.
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After the street fair, I had enough energy for one round.  I pulled weeds around about half of the barrel garden, which is a lot. 
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Today is gorgeous, sunny and much cooler than it has been.  It's currently 79F which is perfect for yardwork.  

So we went out and picked up a bucket of sticks in the savannah.  Then we cut several small trees' worth of honeysuckle and hauled that to the brush pile.  *gasp pant wheeze* 

We spotted an abandoned bird nest in one bush.  Also I saw a pretty big nest up a tree.  I'm not sure what it is, but it's made of twigs (instead of leaves like a squirrel flet) and it's bigger than most of the songbirds.  Too small for great horned owl or hawk, though.  I am wondering if it might be kestrel or something else in that size range.

Round 2, I went out to spray the stubs of honeysuckle and some poison ivy.  Then I spotted a tree with late mulberries on it and picked those, along with some blackberries.  Finally I trimmed grass around the septic garden, so it actually looks like a garden again and not a giant pile of weeds with a few marigolds in it.

Cicadas are singing.  We got rain last night, everything's still wet, so it's a good mating day for them.  They need soft wet soil to lay their eggs in.  Mosquitoes are out too.  >_<
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Today was sweltering.  We picked up two piles of grass, but that's all I had energy for.  It's raining now. 
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Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and picked a few blackberries.  My partner Doug mowed grass, and I walked around to see where it was done. 

EDIT 7/25/17: We went out and picked up a pile of grass.  Then I did some weeding in the septic garden.

EDIT 7/25/17: I finished weeding the septic garden.  *goflopnow*
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I didn't have time to get outside much today, but I saw this tiger swallowtail feeding beside the barrel garden. So I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of pictures. This is one of the best.  Of the caterpillar hosts for this species, I have wild cherry, basswood, ash, and willow; of the favorite nectar plants I have wild cherry, lilac, and milkweed.  We usually see some of these butterflies in summer, but they're not as common as some other species.  They're a personal favorite.  :D

This tiger swallowtail is feeding beside the barrel garden.
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Today I walked around the yard.  It's getting warm and moist.

There are bees everywhere.  In the wildflower garden, I saw a big bumblebee visiting every flower on this plant.  I saw a small black bee and a tiny metallic green one on the echinacea.  These are probably native species, some of which are rarely seen. All had large panniers of yellow pollen collected from the flowers.  :D  Beeeeeees!

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 2, I picked a few blackberries.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 3, I planted some morning glories and watered plants.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 4, I weeded about half of the septic garden.
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These are more photos from today.

Walk with me ... )
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I posted two batches of garden photos today, pots and prairie garden
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I have taken several sets of photos that I haven't had time to upload. These are from today.

Walk with me ... )

Rainbow!

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:03 pm
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We got a little rain.  We might get more.  Meanwhile, we have a rainbow to the west of us.  I think it's the flattest one I have seen, arcing low along the horizon.  :D
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Today I took pictures.  I have several batches that I haven't even had time to post.

Just now, I went out and watered plants.  It is starting to spit rain, so hopefully we'll get some more. 

Jalapeno peppers are getting bigger, some about thumb-size now.  Blackberries are ripening.
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 For the first time, a badger has been filmed burying an animal larger than itself.  A cow.  \o/
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Early today I took some pictures.  My pink ice plant is finally blooming.  :D

I watered plants, sowed a few morning glories, then collected seeds from the white allium and planted them in the purple-and-white garden.

Round 2, we hauled a small pile of grass and gathered a few sticks.  I also picked the first two peppers from the pot.  :D  It looks like one jalapeno plant also survived and has tiny peppers on it.

Round 3, I picked the first few blackberries.  

Tonight is warm and muggy.  Fireflies are out in force.  :D  Cicadas have been singing the last few nights and are out also.

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I managed to get out and water plants, but I probably won't get much else done outside.  It's warm and muggy tonight. Something new is fixing to bloom in the wildflower garden. 

EDIT 7/4/17: I went back out for a walk at dusk.  The air is warm and moist, so the fireflies are all sparking it up.  :D  The breeze is heavy and sweet with corn pollen.

Fireworks are starting up. Someone's doing quite a show just to the east of us.  I can't see anything due to the corn covering the whole horizon, but I can hear them thumping and banging away back there.  To the south and west I have a better view, and got to see a few fireworks.  Mostly I'm content with the great show our northerly neighbors did just the other night.

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