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Today is sunny and baking hot, with a brisk wind that does very little to ameliorate the heat.  :P  There's a chance of rain in a few days, so witch us luck with that.

Before lunch I took snapshots.

After lunch, we picked up two piles of grass. 

EDIT 6/11/17: Then I watered plants.

EDIT 6/11/17: After supper, we picked up a long row of grass.

EDIT 6/11/17: Later I put the goddess statue in the garden and planted two more thymes.
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Today is sunny and very warm.

Earlier I went out and took snapshots.

Just now, I trimmed grass around the well cap. 

EDIT 6/9/17: I picked up sticks to clear a short mow path.

EDIT 6/9/17: I watered plants, cut brush, and trimmed grass around the hazelnut bush.
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It's sunny and very warm out.

Round 1, we picked up a small pile of grass in the south lot.

Round 2, we picked up a large row of grass in the south lot. 

EDIT 6/8/17: Round 3, I planted four green-and-white hostas in the purple-and-white garden.
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Today started out quite warm, but cooled rapidly.

I went out to water plants.  It's been dry for so long, things are wilting.  Also the mulberries and black raspberries are ripening, but not tasty.  :/  I got a few good berries off one tree; everything else has been either sour, or dried up.  I suspect the lack of rain during the ripening period is to blame.

Today's big news was the mourning doves fledging.  \o/ 

Fledglings!

Jun. 7th, 2017 03:21 pm
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I went out to take pictures today, and when I approached the porch, all three  mourning doves exploded from the nest!  \o/ Mama dove has successfully fledged two squabs this season.  I don't know if they'll come back or not, sometimes they do for a few days.  It will be interesting to see if she starts another nest.  Often they go through several a summer.

Fireflies!

Jun. 6th, 2017 08:58 pm
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The fireflies are flickering again tonight, more of them this time.  Quite a lot where the old raspberry patch used to be, and some in the south lot too.  :D 
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Today was sweltering.  :P  It has cooled off a lot now, though.

We went grocery shopping and I bought two baggies of green-and-white hostas, a lemon thyme, and a golden thyme.

Round 1, I took pictures.  Then I planted more morning glories and moonflowers around the support wire.  I also watered the potted plants.

EDIT: Round 2, I planted the thymes in the goddess garden.

It's getting dark, so I'm done for the night.
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Today is partly cloudy and hot.

Round 1, we picked up a big pile of grass near the house. 

EDIT 6/4/17: Round 2, I sowed some shady flower seeds around the forest garden and forest yard.  I also trimmed weeds around the barrel garden and the apricot tree near the house.

EDIT 6/4/17: Round 3, I trimmed brush around the walnut near the house and the forsythia around the utility pole meter.

The weather is cooler now from downdrafts, with a small chance of rain.

EDIT 6/4/17: Round 4, I cut brush around the house and forest garden.
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Today is partly sunny and very warm.

Round 1, we picked up a huge long row of grass. 

EDIT 6/3/17: Round 2, I took snapshots and watered plants.

EDIT 6/3/17: Round 3, I cut grass around part of the walnut tree near the house and the plum tree in the orchard.
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Today is sunny and warm.

Round 1, I finished trimming grass around the hedge plants at the edge of the savanna.

EDIT 6/2/17: I cut grass around two seedlings in the savanna, the second line of wind defense.
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Today is sunny and mild.

Round 1, I trimmed grass around the shrubs at the edge of the savanna.

Round 2, I trimmed another stretch of grass there. 
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Today is sunny and warm with a bit of breeze.

Round 1, I planted a buttonbush and a Carolina allspice along the edge of the savanna. 

EDIT 5/31/17: Round 2, we picked up sticks in the yard near the house.

Round 3, I planted a gingko tree in the savanna and watered the new seedlings.  This concludes the last shipment of plants, and the planned planting of trees and shrubs for this season.  If I see something on sale, I may grab it though.

Round 4, I mulched around the new seedlings and watered potted plants.

The first mulberries have turned black, but aren't all the way ripe yet.  They're still sour.

EDIT 5/31/17: Round 5, I trimmed grass around the contorta hazelnut, cypress, ginkgo, and an ash tree in the savanna.

As it is now dusk, I am done for the night.

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Today is mostly sunny and warm with a little breeze.

Round 1: I cut grass in 10 patches along the edge of the savanna to plant privets later. 

EDIT 5/30/17: Round 2, Doug made the holes, and I planted the privets.

EDIT 5/30/17: Round 3, I made covers and put them over the privets, then watered them.

EDIT 5/30/17: Round 4, I hauled mulch to put around 5 of the privets.

EDIT 5/30/17: Round 5, I mulched the last 5 privets.

It's dark and I'm bushed.  Done for the night.  

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Today is mild and breezy, with a mix of sun and clouds.

Round 1: I planted, covered, watered, and mulched a sarvicetree and a purple juneberry along the fence.

I also saw a green tiger beetle.  These are voracious insectivores and pretty to watch.  Just don't touch them because they have savage jaws and chemical defenses. 

EDIT 5/29/17: Round 2, we picked up a mound of raked grass.  This completes the ritual meadow.  \o/

EDIT 5/29/17: Round 3, we picked up sticks in the yard near the house, moving back to the east edge.

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