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Today it is very soggy outside.  I managed to get out between rain showers and plant two of the plants I got yesterday -- a German thyme and a burgundy columbine.

My white columbine is blooming in the rain garden.

Also yesterday my parents gave me a belated birthday card listing a present which will arrive some time in autumn: 100 bulbs worth of flower garden.  :D  Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, windflowers, and a few others. 

EDIT: This evening I went out to refill the birdfeeders.  I've been seeing more blue jays around the hopper feeder.  One of the lady cardinals immediately came to the suet feeder.

Frogs and toads are singing out where the fields are flooded with rainwater.
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 Today I saw three blue jays together at the hopper feeder.  It looks like they are flocking and settling here for now.  :D
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As it was not raining after lunch, I went out and transplanted some raspberries closer to the fence and pulled weeds from the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow. 
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Today we raked and cleared the second half of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow.  I took a short break, then hustled back out to throw down some grass seed before the rain started.  It was just sprinkling then, and is raining more steadily now. I hope we get a nice, gentle, soaking rain to water all the flowers.

The grass and clover seed that I sowed earlier between the house and driveway is sprouting.  Little green dots of clover leaves everywhere, and the grass just peeking through.

The nannyberry thicket is blooming.
 
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Today Doug raked the edge of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow, and I spread grass seed there.  The patch has gotten too far from the fence and we are trying to reposition it.

I also planted more wildflowers: 2 small purple globe allium in the purple garden.  A black-eyed susan and a coreopsis around the barrel garden, and 6 zinnias in the barrel.

I still have several more plants to put out.  It is supposed to rain tonight so that will help get things growing. 

EDIT:  I finished putting out the current batch of plants today.
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Today I saw a rose-breasted grosbeak on the hopper feeder.  New bird for me!   I've been seeing a lot of birds recently that I don't often see.

EDIT: When I came back from planting, I saw a pair of blue jays and a red-bellied sapsucker on the hopper feeder.  \o/
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Today I transplanted comfrey from the wildflower garden to the prairie garden.  I set out 12 of the assorted wildflowers there including northern sea oats, black-eyed susan, small purple globe allium, bee balm, obedient plant, rose hibiscus, and purple prairie clover. 

Gold currants are blooming, but almost done by the time I noticed them; I've been busy a few days.  Wild strawberries are blooming too.
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Despite being worn out from getting up early and hiking around the nature center, I dragged myself out to start planting. Some of the stuff I got wasn't even potted.  The hostas were just shoveled-up lumps of root and leaves stuffed into a bag -- bigger than would fit in a gallon pot, and those things are expensive  at a garden center, so I am not complaining -- and one bergamot was in a baby-food jar.  So I planted those first.  Hopefully I'll have more energy to get back out later.

EDIT: I also got the three houseplants potted up.  Two spider plants (one all green, the other green-and-white) and a bromeliad.
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Today was the Earth Day celebration at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center.  We had a blast.  I brought 16 plants for the plant swap, and picked up that many in return.  At least two people had left plants before me, and at least one after me.  There were lots of things to do, looped around the visitor's center, and a page you could get stamped to earn a prize if you visited all the stations.  Mosquito control, marshmallows, various crafts, potting plants, etc.  One of them involved meeting the most phlegmatic turtle I've ever seen, who did not retreat into his shell even when picked up.  There were lots of native plants available in the plant sale too.  It was a really good year, with a lot of activity.  The parking lot was packed.  Fortunately the design of activities spread people around so it didn't feel crowded.  \o/

Afterwards we stopped for lunch.  Then Doug spotted a card show at the mall, so we looked there and he found a few things.  All told, it's been a great day.
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Today we moved a pile of sticks to the bonfire heap.

I dug up 16 plants for a plant swap tomorrow: 2 motherwort, 2 lemon balm, 4 wild violets, 2 wild black raspberries, 3 yellow coneflowers, and 3 purple coneflowers.

Also yesterday I bought the first couple of flowers for the container gardening: johnny-jump-ups and zinnias.  I got the johnny-jump-ups planted, and moved the ice plant outdoors.

Crabapple and pear in the orchard seem done blooming.  Criterion apple is blooming. 
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This morning Doug raked part of the yard, and then I sowed grass seed.  Now it is raining.  \o/

Lilacs are blooming.  So are some late double daffodils under the apricot tree, which are very fragrant. 
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Today during my lunch break I saw two birds near the hopper feeder: a brown-headed cowbird and a rufous-sided towhee
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Today we picked up sticks from the strip along the street.  We found a mourning dove nest too.

Later I went out and trimmed twigs away from paths.

Tulips, redbuds, and lilacs are blooming.  The first of the honeysuckles are starting to open. 
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Today we raked and picked up sticks in the ritual meadow.

The whole place smelled strongly of the crapbapples blooming in the orchard. 

EDIT: And sprayed weed-killer on some weeds.
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Today I saw a blue jay in the forest garden near the hopper feeder.  We used to have them all the time, but I haven't seen one in our yard for years.  The red-bellied woodpecker was also there, along with a few sparrows and mourning doves plus a bunch of grackles. 
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Today we planted and mulched four red-twig dogwood bushes.  This concludes the current batch of tree and shrub seedlings.  Yay.  Yay.

Next up will be gathering sticks so the grass can be mowed.  

We still have one bundle of seedlings on order that should arrive any time now.

It's a gorgeous warm sunny spring day outside.  Violets are blooming everywhere.  The big crabapple is in full bloom and the smaller ones are starting too.  I saw the first bees in one.  I think the cherries are opening too.  Trilliums have their leaves and one is blooming.  One whole tulip bed is blooming, some solid light reds that have faded to pink, and some red-and-yellow Rembrandts.  The Rembrandts and parrot tulips are among my favorites.

*goflopnow*

EDIT:  And picked up 3 piles of sticks.
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Today we planted and mulched five privet seedlings.  This was made somewhat more difficult by the giant clouds of gnats.  :/ 
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Today Doug helped me by digging holes, so we got all six of the Canadian hemlock shrubs planted and mulched.  I also cut a bunch of milk jugs into plant protectors.

I've seen several butterflies today.  White cabbage butterflies, also something small and orange.  Lots of ladybugs and worms while we were digging.

*gasp pant wheeze* *goflopnow* 

EDIT: Picked up the tree wraps from the post office.  Put the first batch of those on seedlings.  

The serviceberry tree now has its white blossoms.  Pretty.  Lilacs and elderberry are leafing out.
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Today I planted and mulched two serviceberry seedlings.

Redbuds are showing pink but not opened yet, along with tiny leaves.  Apple and cherry trees are budding.  Hazelnut is also beginning to leaf out.  Peonies are up to knee height. 
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