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Today is cloudy, mild, and calm.

Round One -- We shoveled ash out of the firepit and dumped it in the prairie garden.  Then we picked up sticks from the grass wall in the south lot toward the house.

Round Two -- I dumped out three bags of topsoil in the hollow beyond the patio. It's not really topsoil though, it's full of wood chips in muck.  >_<  Oh well.  I threw down some grass and clover seed; hopefully it will sprout in that mess.  At least the hollow is less deep now. 

The cherry trees are blooming in the orchard.
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Today is sunny, warm, and calm.  It's the first chance I've had to get out and do yardwork since I bought the previous round of plants.

Round One -- First I put the goddess statue back into the goddess garden.  Then I planted a silver thyme and a creeping thyme around that.  

Next I planted 6 marigolds and 6 snapdragons in the barrel garden.  :D

EDIT 4/21/19: Round Two -- I planted 6 marigolds in the septic garden.  I planted 6 pinks in two pots and a pineapple mint in another pot.  Then I watered the new plants.  Everything from the most recent shopping trip has now been planted.  \o/  As it is now dark, I am done for the night.

I still have other yard stuff to do later.  I have 3 bags of topsoil to fill the hollow near the patio.  I also have a few bulbs and packets of seeds to plant somewhere.  But all that is less urgent than live plants.
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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "giant anything" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Big One thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Today was sunny, mild, and blustery.  We bought more birdseed, three bags of topsoil to fill the hollow beyond the patio, and a couple bags of flowers and herbs.
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Today is sunny, mild, and blustery.  I fed the birds.  I need to get more birdseed soon.

Round One, I took the clippers and cut more brush from the prairie garden. 

Round Two, I went back out and cut brush from the strip between the mowed path of the prairie garden and the treeline of the savanna.

Round Three, I cut brush from the middle of the savanna.  I still need to do the edge near the north field and the berry patch.  It's getting dark, though, so I'm done for tonight.
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Today is sunny and mild.  I fed the birds.  There were grackles under the feeders.

Round One, I carried 4 buckets of mulch to put around the older privets along the street edge of the savanna. 

EDIT 4/15/19 -- Round Two, we went out and cut brush from the prairie garden.

EDIT 4/15/19 -- Round Three, I hauled 4 more buckets of mulch to the privets in the savanna.
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Today is mild and gray, very nice for working outside.  I fed the birds.

Round One -- I planted 2 American persimmon trees in the  streetside yard.

EDIT 4/13/19 -- I planted a pink dogwood in the forest garden near the kitchen window, and a heartnut along the line that divides the savanna from the prairie.  That's the end of the last batch of mail-order seedlings.  \o/

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Today is sunny, cool, and blustery.  I fed the birds.

Round One, I planted 2 juneberries along the fence in the streetside yard, then mulched them.

Round Two, I planted 2 aronias along the south edge of the streetside yard where it joins the south lot, then mulched them.

EDIT 4/12/19: Round Three, I planted a sassafras in the streetside yard and a Prairie Fire plum in the orchard, then mulched them.
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Today is mostly sunny, mild, and breezy.  I saw a brown-headed cowbird at the hopper feeder earlier.

My last shipment of mail-order plants arrived today.  \o/  I sorted them out.  Then I planted 4 Francee hostas and 1 White Feather hosta in the purple-and-white garden.

EDIT 4/10/19 -- Round Two, I planted 2 paw paw trees in the streetside yard.

EDIT 4/10/19 -- Round Three, I planted an American plum in the orchard.  Then I mulched around it and the pawpaws.  As it is now dark, I am done for the night.
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Today is sunny, warm, and breezy.

I fed the birds.  There was a red-winged blackbird preening in the forest garden, probably after washing in the runoff from the sump pump.  I also saw a robin eating something out of the hopper feeder, and mostly shoving out other seeds to get it.  Possibly the peanuts.

Round 1, I planted 2 privets at the edge of the savanna.

Round 2, I put covers over the new privets and mulched them.  I still have 2 left to plant, and then I'll be done with this batch.

EDIT 4/9/19: Round 3, I planted the last 2 privets at the west edge of the south lot, filling in gaps there.  

Round 4, I covered and mulched the last 2 privets.
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Today is a beautiful spring day, sunny and quite warm. 

I saw a tufted titmouse in the forest garden.  :D   We haven't had any here in years.

I went out and took some pictures of flowers and stuff in the yard.

Then I planted 3 privets along the edge of the south lot.  I didn't even have the energy to mulch them, I got too hot and tired.  >_<  So I still have to do that before I can do anything else.

EDIT 4/8/19: Round 2, I went out and mulched around the new privets.

I saw a bluejay in the yard!  :D

EDIT 4/8/19: Round 3, I planted 3 more privets in the same row.  That finishes the current section, although I still have more to plant elsewhere.

I saw a red admiral butterfly and some bees.  Yay!  

EDIT 4/8/19: Round 4, I mulched the latest privets.

My mayapples and wild ginger are sprouting in the forest garden.  I think the bluebells are too.

EDIT 4/8/19: Round 5, I mulched the rest of the privets in that section that had survived from last year.  *goflopnow*

 
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Today is a beautiful spring day: partly cloudy and mild with a variable breeze. 

I fed the birds.  Yesterday we saw a turkey vulture fly out of our yard!

Round One -- I planted 3 yellow raspberries in the berry patch near the orchard, then mulched around them.

Round Two -- I planted a snowball bush and a goji berry, then mulched around them.

EDIT 4/7/19 -- Round Three -- I cleared brush along the edge of the south lot where I will need to plant some privets.  It looks like most of the ones from last year survived, so there's not as much patching as I expected.  \o/

EDIT 4/7/19: Round Four -- I walked around the yard to observe things and pick up loose jug covers that had blown off.  I can reuse these to cover the privets later.
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Today is a beautiful spring day, sunny and warm with just a breath of air.  :D

I went out and planted 3 Everbearing Darrow blackberries at the end of the prairie garden. 
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Today is mild and gray.  My cornelian cherry dogwood is blooming in the streetside yard.  Near the daffodil garden by the parking lot, far from where I had planted any, a dark purple miniature iris is blooming.  Go figure.

I fed the birds.  I saw a female downy woodpecker today.  :D

I planted and mulched 3 blackberry plants at the end of the prairie garden.  I hope to get back out for another round of planting later in the day.

EDIT 4/5/19: I went back out and planted a red oak in the treeline that divides the savanna from the prairie garden.  The old trees there are mulberries and maples, not in good shape, so I'm trying to refresh the treeline with more durable species.

I feel all accomplished now.  \o/

 
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Today is cloudy, cool, and damp.  It's drizzling, but that didn't stop me from going outside.

I fed the birds.  Yesterday I saw two brown thrashers and a robin under the feeders in the forest garden.  I put out a new thistle sock yesterday too -- the old one got chewed through -- and the finches have already discovered it.  I saw a yellow-bellied woodpecker in the yard today.

My daffodils are blooming, and so are two different colors of miniature iris -- the pale blue I planted previously and the bright violet that are new this year.  :D

A shipment of plants arrived today.  That leaves just one more to come, which I hope will not arrive too soon.  I planted two tayberries (a blackberry relative) in the berry patch at the end of the prairie garden.
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Today is clear and chilly.  It rained a lot yesterday.

I fed birds.  Then I started clearing the dead leaves and stuff off the strip garden. 

EDIT 3/31/19: Round 2, I cleared another section of the strip garden.
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Today I bought 2 new bags of potting soil.  Hopefully this will do better than what I found last year (heavy clay) or the year before (fluff).  Then I dumped out the bag and a half of last year's crummy potting soil into a low spot of the yard. 
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Today is sunny and quite warm, with a light breeze.  :D  It is a beautiful spring day, perfect for working outside.

Round 1 -- I fed the birds.  Lots of them are out and about today, hopping around and singing.

I cleaned the dead stems and leaves out of the barrel garden and its hanging pots.  These are now ready for planting.  It's not actually the first place I usually plant, but it's a small easy project to start with. 

My violas are waving gently in the wind, a little burst of color in a world that is mostly still drab.  It makes me smile to see them.

EDIT 3/28/19: Round 2 -- I straightened the brick border around the cistern garden, then removed dead stems and cut away some tree seedlings that didn't belong there.  I still need to remove dead leaves or stuff them down the holes, and add more soil.

EDIT 3/28/9: Round 3 -- I raked most of the dead leaves into the holes and low parts of the cistern garden.  I think I'll wait on adding more soil until I've bought new potting soil.  I pulled a few weeds too.  This section is in much better shape now.  \o/

EDIT 3/28/19: Round 4 -- I took the pruners and cut away seedlings from the strip between the house and the sidewalk, and inside the strip garden on the patio.  I still have a lot more pruning to do on the far edge of the strip garden and patio where it joins the lawn.

EDIT 3/28/19: Round 5 -- I pruned seedlings and pulled weeds along the back edge of the strip garden and patio.  That area should probably be raked up and the refuse thrown in the firepit. But at least it's cut down now. 

EDIT 3/28/19: Round 6 -- I raked up the mess along the edge of the patio, and hauled two trolley loads to the firepit.

*goflopnow*
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Today is sunny and warm.  I filled the birdfeeders, but there aren't a lot of birds at them.

I hauled one bucket of mulch to put around the contorta willow, and another four on the purple-and-white garden. 
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Today is sunny and mild, a beautiful spring day.  :D  Lots of birds are singing.

I planted 5 pots of assorted violas.  I still have several left but am too tired to keep working right now.  :/  These include Johnny jump-ups, purple-and-white faces, plain purple, plain white, and plain yellow.

EDIT 3/24/19: I finished planting the last two pots.  *goflopnow*

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