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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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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The newsletter from Trails for Illinois encourages forwarding. So here is some nature and pathfinding news from my area.

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I didn't find time to post this on Wednesday. I planted three irises in the wagonwheel garden.

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New studies indicate that Earth may make its own water deep below the surface.  Just in case Gaia wasn't awesome enough already.

As a Pagan scholar, this makes me think about goddesses who created life by themselves, without assistance from a god. Parthenogenetic life formation relates closely to a shift from celestial water to cthonic water.  Alternatively, one might argue that either underworld gods are more life-oriented than formerly thought, or we should really be looking for cthonic goddesses.  On the third hoof, this raises interesting points regarding those underworld deities who are hermaphroditic. This could make for some fascinating ritual inspiration.

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Someone finally got around to fielding a study which indicates that milkweed is necessary but not sufficient for monarch butterfly survival.   Other factors contribute to their steep decline.  Sure, you can grow milkweed, that's a great thing to do.  But don't think it will "save the butterflies."  It just slows the loss a little.  Other factors lie outside what humans are willing to change, such as pesticides; or able to change, such as climate change.  Even on a national scale, responses are limited, because monarchs have transnational migration routes.  Serious conservation efforts would require collaboration between America and Mexico, which seems unlikely.
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This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "first library card" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This is the linkback poem from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was originally hosted by Dialecticdreamer.[personal profile] dialecticdreamer It is spillover from the December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by [livejournal.com profile] zianuray.[personal profile] zianuray

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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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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.

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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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