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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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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
First Fireflies
Garden Photos
Saturday Yardening
Tuskless Elephants
Friday Yardening
Lawn Craze
Thursday Yardening
Tabby's Star
Good News
Wednesday Yardening
Room for Wolves


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne discuss secure attachment.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra explore the snack room. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "To Know After Absence" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv.  Boss White gives Shiv an apartment above Blues Moon.

Weather has been somewhat dryer.  Today is sunny with a little breeze.  The mourning dove nest under the kitchen window on the porch now has two fuzzy squabs.  :D  Currently blooming: violets, dandelions, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, chives, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, blackberries, privet, white and red clover.  There are now four  flower stalks are coming up from the yucca plants in the white garden!
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It's beautiful outside: sunny, breezy, and cool.  :D  Perfect yardening weather, for however long it lasts.

Round 1, I planted a ruby sweetspire in the forest garden and a witch hazel along the fence. 

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 2, we picked up several piles of grass that Doug had raked up.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 3, I cut grass in three places in the blackberry patch to plant new canes.  Next task will be digging holes and actually planting those.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 4, I dug three holes and planted the darrow blackberries in the patch at the edge of the prairie garden. Older blackberries are currently blooming.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 5, I put covers over the new blackberries, watered, and mulched them.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 6, I trimmed grass around the remaining half of the wildflower garden and one of the oak saplings.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 7, I trimmed grass around the Japanese maple and an ash sapling in the savanna.
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My partner Doug went outside and spotted the first fireflies of the season!  As it is well after dark, only a few are left flying high overhead.  Tomorrow we will have to look for them at dusk.  The weather is warm and damp, and we have copious grass, so there should be some.  :D
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Today we went to Champaign for shopping.  The weather was mostly cool and pleasant.  Now it is warm, damp, and full of bugs.  >_<

Round 1, I planted two wave petunias, one in a pot and one in the barrel garden; plus a packet of chive seeds in the septic garden. 

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 2, my partner Doug raked grass and I helped haul it away.

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 3, I trimmed grass around about half of the wildflower garden.
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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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Today is mild and partly cloudy.

Round 1, I cut more grass around the wagonwheel garden.

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest. 

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 2, we picked up sticks in the yard near the house.  

The sun is coming out, and the weather is heating up.  It's not all the way to hot yet, but it turning warm and muggy.  :/  I have a suspicion that the air will be solid mosquitoes this evening.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 3, we finally got around to putting down the concrete pavers.  Four went at the corner of the patio for the burn barrel.  2 went near the barrel garden to hold the yard sculpture.

The air has cooled down somewhat and is pleasant again.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 4, I trimmed grass around another tree and pulled weeds around the forest garden.
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I heard rustling and scratching outside my office window.  There in the bushes were a pair of cardinals, fluttering around and courting.  The male had a mouthful of something which he passed to the female.  Aww!  <3

EDIT 5/24/17:  Also today I spotted an indigo bunting perched on the pot hanger above the barrel garden.
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Today is cool and drizzly.

Round 1, I straightened the pole for the hanging baskets by the barrel garden, and wrapped cord around the shaft to fasten it to the barrel for more support. 

EDIT 5/24/17: After lunch, it was just spitting a bit, so I went out to sow some grass seed in bare patches around the old raspberry patch.  Of course, then it started really  raining.  :/

EDIT 5/24/17: When it stopped raining, I went back out to sow more grass seed.  It started raining again.

EDIT 5/24/17: Round 4, I sowed more grass seed in bare patches in the streetside yard.  This time I did not get rained out, and therefore got considerably more done.  \o/

As it is now dusk, I am done for the night.
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Today is mild and cloudy. 

Round 1, we picked up sticks along the sidewalk by the house.

Washington hawthorn and red-twig dogwood are blooming.

Round 2, I cut weeds from the septic garden and trimmed grass from around the goddess garden.
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Today has been cool and breezy.

Round 1, we picked up sticks in the ritual meadow.

Round 2, I watered potted plants on the porch.

Round 3, I planted moonflowers in the barrel garden and the support wire for the telephone pole.  I also put more morning glory seeds around the wire.  Then I trimmed grass around the wagonwheel garden.

This afternoon we went out to Harbor Freight and bought a convertible handtruck (it can go on two wheels or four), a toolkit with a very nice assortment of items, and a moving blanket (which doubles as a picnic blanket).  :D 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "13 Reasons Why"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "A Conversation Between Body and Soul"
Peppers Without Heat
New Hottest Pepper
Poem: "The Key to Your New Home"
Poem: "Blue Jeans and Jazz"
Poem: "All These Things Woven into Something"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "A Matter of Opportunity"
Thursday Yardening
Migrating Trees
Wednesday Yardening


The half-price sale in Shiv is now complete. Three new poems have been sponsored and posted in full. I still need to start a new epic with a partial payment that came in late last night.

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend on a theme of "Baker's Dozen." See my activities.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne discuss secure attachment.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra explore the snack room.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.

Weather has been intermittently wet but is drying out now.  Today is sunny with a little breeze.  There is standing water in the fields again.   The mourning dove nest under the kitchen window on the porch still has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: violets, dandelions, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, chives, white globe allium, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, blackberries.  The iris and peonies are winding down.  Two big flower stalks are coming up from the yucca plants in the white garden.
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Today was much cooler, with a brisk chilly wind.

Round 1, I picked up empty pots to throw away, and trimmed grass around the barrel garden.

Round 2, I sprayed weeds around the barrel garden, and picked up more empty pots to move out of the way.

Round 3, I trimmed grass around the white garden at the end of the driveway.  The yucca plants there are putting up flower stalks.  :D 

The dove is still sitting on two white eggs near the kitchen window.
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Today is warm, muggy, and cloudy.  It rained last night.  The yard is soggy.

Round 1, I planted two blue-eyed grass, one in the wildflower garden and one in the prairie garden.  It's not actually a grass, but rather a wildflower that looks like grass.

Blackberries are blooming.

EDIT 5/20/17: Round 2, I planted two little bluestem grass in the prairie garden.  This is real prairie grass.

EDIT 5/20/17: Round 3, I planted two side-oats gramma in the prairie garden.

EDIT 5/20/17: Round 4, I planted two Indian grass and one unlabeled grass in the prairie garden.  This concludes the planting of things bought in the native plant sale.
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Today is sunny and sweltering.

Round 1, I planted mint seeds and chive seeds in the septic garden. 

EDIT 5/18/17: Round 2, I planted mountain mint, New Jersey tea, wild quinine, and obedient plant in the wildflower garden. This concludes the planting of wildflowers from the native plant sale.  I still have half a dozen pots of native grass to put out.

The farmer east of us has lit fires to burn off the stalks piled up by the recent flooding.  The wind is wrong, so I can't smell them, but the flames are very bright orange against the blue shadows of dusk.

Thunderclouds are starting to pile up in places.  There's a chance of rain tonight and over the weekend.


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... is a bust.  It's too windy to plant things today.  :/  Instead I wound up trying to reassemble planters that had blown over and scattered the contents.  *sigh* 
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Today is sunny, breezy, and very warm.

Round 1, I planted jack-in-the-pulpit, woodland phlox, yellow violet, and two Virginia bluebells in the woodland garden.  The latter are dormant by now, but hopefully they will bloom next spring.  :D  My parents have those and the phlox all over everywhere.  I'm not sure which variety the yellow violet is.

EDIT 5/16/17: Round 2, I planted a forked aster in the prairie garden.  This was in a gallon pot, thus took a shovel to dig the hole, so I only planted one thing this round.

EDIT 5/16/17: Round 3, I planted a smooth aster and a celandine poppy in the prairie garden.  This completes planting the first flat of things from the native plant sale.

The black raspberries and the mulberry trees have green fruit on them now.

In the heated air, the heavy scent of the peonies hangs in a sweet perfume.  The breeze carries it twenty or thirty feet downwind, and the big white blossoms bob up and down.   It's beautiful.

EDIT 5/16/17: Round 4, I planted two butterfly weeds, one by the barrel garden and another in the septic garden.  I planted a compass plant and a Missouri ironweed in the prairie garden.  I put out more morning glory seeds around the support wire for the telephone pole, and also some moonflower seeds there and in the barrel garden.

As it is now dusk, I am done planting for today.  I completed one flat and started another.  \o/
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Today has been sunny and very warm.

Round 1, I planted another sedum in the septic garden, a Red Dragon penstemon (which is actually blooming pink) in the wildflower garden, and potted up some moss roses.

Round 2, I planted another penstemon (probably white) and a wild white indigo in the wildflower garden.

Mosquitoes everywhere today, inevitable after a couple weeks of rain.  I wish the toads would stop fornicating in the puddles long enough to eat something.  More toadlings later will be lovely, but no help for the buggy air right now.

My irises are blooming.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:

Sunday Yardening
Sunday Yardening (with photos)
Poem: "Yon Sèl Lang Se Janm Ase"
Saturday Yardening (with photos)
How to Spot Fascism
Thursday Yardening
Wednesday Yardening

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth
Hot Chicks
Reframing Comfort Food Commercial
Screamin' Squirrel Snacks
Jumble Munch
Heave Ho Anger Management Commercial





There will be a half-price sale in the Shiv thread of Polychrome Heroics this week.  Come shop, or watch for new things to appear as they get sponsored.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 6 new verses.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne discuss secure attachment.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 6 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra explore the snack room.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and has 7 new verses.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.

Weather has been intermittently wet but is mostly dry now.  Today is sunny and warm.  There is still a little standing water in some fields.   A new mourning dove nest under the kitchen window on the porch has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: violets, dandelions, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, chives, white globe allium, firecracker plant, white poppy, yellow poppy, red poppy, foxglove, torenia, yarrow, iris, peonies.

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