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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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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.

Discuss. 
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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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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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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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This is a favorite type of prairie grass.  I have little bluestem and big bluestem, a few bunches, in my prairie garden.  What I did not know it that this is a larval host plant for skipper butterflies.  We have lots of skippers, especially in the prairie garden. If their caterpillars are grass eaters, I guess now I know why.  :D
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All I did was feed the birds today.

Weather is not suitable for yardwork now.  Yesterday it snowed, alternating with rain.  Most of that has melted off, but some is left.  I think the spring bulbs have survived, though; the daffodils and crocus are still blooming.

Despite the weather, a mourning dove is once again nesting on our overhang porch, right beside one of the kitchen windows.  There is a little white egg in the nest.  :D

Also, my birthday plants have arrived.  \o/  We'll need to connect with my parents to pick up that package. 
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Grand Prairie Friends has teamed up with Trails for Illinois to create new trails in our Warbler Woods land trust.  \o/   What we have now are a few deerpaths, parts of which are only marginally climbable for people without cloven hooves.

It's like a little piece of Terramagne.  :D  I am especially charmed to see someone else recognizing that in order for humans to value and protect something, they have to know it and love it.  That means getting them in contact with it.
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Today we worked around the septic cap: cutting the weed stumps short, spraying weed killer, and removing the pile of loose brush.  Yay. Yay.

The apricot tree is beginning to open a few flowers.  :D 
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Today I went out and fed the birds.  Weather is cloudy and cooling, with rain expected later today.

More daffodils are blooming around the yard.  Also the buds are showing white on the apricot tree, although none are fully opened yet. 
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Today is blustery and mizzling.  All I did was feed the birds and walk around a bit.

Doug went out earlier and raked the area around the septic cap.  I will need to go back and trim some of the stubs closer to the ground, and hopefully spray the weeds already sprouting, before we layer on more topsoil. But it's looking better!  \o/ 
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Today I finished trimming and clearing weeds around the septic tank cap.  Now it needs to have the cut brush gathered up, the surface raked over, and fresh topsoil applied.

I've been seeing lots of grackles around the birdfeeders.  They're larger than the songbirds, so it's funny watching them try to use the hopper feeder, which has narrow ledges.  I saw a female cardinal today, but no male.  Usually they appear in pairs.

The crocus in the rain garden is more open now.  More of the daffodils are blooming too.  :D

 
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Today I finished planting the purple asparagus in the forest yard by the street.

The Cornelian cherry dogwood in the forest yard is blooming vigorously.  The first few daffodils under the maple are fully open now.  The miniature Dutch iris in the wagonwheel garden in still blooming, and one of the yellow crocus there is starting to open.  

We had a brief thunderstorm last night, and more expected today.
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Weather is nice again.  :D  Today I cleaned up the asparagus patch in the forest garden and planted half the new roots.

I refilled the birdfeeders.  Mourning doves have been active around the hopper feeder today.

I heard a woodpecker drumming, and looked around until I saw a downy banging away on a walnut tree.  \o/  

The first of my daffodils are beginning to bloom under the maple tree near the house.  They're not all the way open yet, about halfway. 
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Today I refilled the birdfeeders. Then I mulched around the contorta willow and started putting mulch around the big maple near the house.

I have miniature Dutch iris blooming now, along with snowdrops and a few more forsythia blossoms. :D

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