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A few days ago, I filled the birdfeeders.  Today I saw a mourning dove on the fly-through feeder, so at least one bird has discovered the seed.  \o/ 
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Today is cool and mostly sunny.  I trimmed some weeds around the forest garden and Doug helped me set up the new birdfeeder.  Then I filled that one, the hopper feeder, and the fly-through feeder. 
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 There are two batches of photos from Thursday, one of flowers and one of nests.
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I posted two batches of garden photos from Monday, one of flowers and one of birds
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These are more pictures from Monday that wouldn't fit in the previous post.

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These pictures are from Monday, June 19.

Echinacea is beginning to bloom beside the barrel garden.
Echinacea is beginning to bloom beside the barrel garden.

This is the barrel garden.
Here is the barrel garden.

This pepper is beginning to ripen.
This pepper is starting to ripen.

Moss rose is blooming.
Moss rose is blooming.

So is gazania.
Gazania is blooming.

Million bells are blooming on the patio.
Million bells in bloom.

Here is the septic garden.
This is the septic garden.

Cleome is blooming in the white garden.
Cleome is blooming.

Yucca is almost done blooming.  I was out in the evening and surprised to discover that they are more fragrant at night.  Since they are pollinated by moths, this makes sense, but I had not noticed it before.
Yucca is winding down.

Some of its flowers are setting seed.  This also surprised me, because I didn't think yucca moths came this far north and also I've never seen their little holes (made by exiting caterpillars) on the pods.  But perhaps their range is expanding, or some other moths may have done the duty.
Yucca is setting seeds.

Most of the morning glories have been eaten.
The morning glories have been munched.

This is the cardinal nest in the hazelnut bush.
This is a cardinal egg.

Here is the wildflower garden.
The wildflower garden is blooming.

Echinacea is just putting out petals.
Echinacea is beginning to bloom in the wildflower garden.

Prairie onions have heads.
Prairie onions have heads.

Asters are blooming.
Asters are blooming in the wildflower garden.

These black raspberries are in the blackberry patch.
Black raspberries are ripe.

The blackberries aren't ripe yet.
Blackberries have green fruit.
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Today is warm and muggy.  We picked up the remaining grass that had been raked, one pile and a row.

Baby robins are still in the nest.  :D 

EDIT 6/19/17: I went back out later and did more grass trimming.
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Today is warm and muggy. I took some pictures.

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Today is a little warm but workable, and sunny.  We got rain last night!  \o/

I threw down some leftover grass seed along the strip where Doug mowed excess raspberries by the fence in the ritual meadow.

Also I discovered that a bird nest at eye level in one of Home Base's lower branches now has two fat baby robins in it.  :D  I hadn't seen them before because it's mostly covered with leaves.  Same with a nest I found yesterday in the hazelnut bush that has two speckled eggs in it. 

EDIT 6/15/17: I went back out and finished trimming around the septic garden.

EDIT 6/15/17: I trimmed grass around the firepit.
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Today is supposed to rain. All we've gotten is wind and a few drops. >_< Fortunately there are more chances over the next few days, but it's still frustrating.

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Today started out sweltering, but a front blew through and cooled off the air a lot.  It made so much wind, I had to go out and repot all the plants that blew off of the picnic table.  >_< 

I posted new pictures.

We have barn swallows nesting under the porch overhang!  :D 3q3q3q!!!

EDIT 6/14/ 17:  I went back out twice and trimmed weeds around two sides of the septic garden.  Now I need to do the part in back that goes around the cap itself.  But I'm tired and it's getting dark.  Some other time.

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.
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Today was hot, but cooled off enough in the evening that I could shoot some pictures.

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Friday was partly sunny and warm. I went out and took some pictures.

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Today is partly sunny and warm.

Round 1, I watered the potted plants on the porch and trimmed grass around the telephone pole.

The mourning dove eggs have hatched into two tiny, fuzzy squabs.  I found a video of one online. 

Raspberries are beginning to turn pink in a few places.  Many of the mulberries are pink.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 2, I pulled weeds around the forest garden.

Also the last shipment of plants arrived today.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 3, I planted three windflowers, two stargazer lilies, and three balloon flowers around the barrel garden; and one White Feather hosta in the purple-and-white garden.

A cool breeze has blown up, downdraft from a storm some distance away.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 4, I planted a white lilac and a black hollyhock.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 5, I sowed more grass in the streetside yard.

It's getting dark, so I'm done for tonight.

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