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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.

Bluejay

Apr. 23rd, 2019 02:49 pm
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 I just saw a bluejay in the forest garden.  :D  There are two robins out there also, bathing in the runoff.
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I have two male goldfinches in the forest garden right now, one on the hopper feeder and one on the thistle feeder, both in their summer coats.  :D  In winter they are a drab olive, but in summer their bodies are brilliant yellow. They still have some smudges on their shoulders, but they're mostly changed over.  So cute! 
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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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I just watched a bird murder a plant.  There's a brown thrasher out in the forest garden.  I saw it vigorously digging with feet and beak.  Then it ripped a small plant out of the ground, and proceeded to tear into that thing like it was the spawn of Satan.  Full-on hammer blows with beak, raking claw strikes, slamming the plant against the tree trunk and shaking it until pieces flew off.  I have no idea why.  I don't know if the plant was a weed or a flower.  There probably isn't enough left to tell.  0_o 

Maybe the plant was really an invader from space that just got obliterated by a random Earthling.

EDIT 4/16/19 -- Closer examination revealed the victim to be a crocus.  I still don't know why the thrasher felt that a crocus needed to die such a horrible death.
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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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A trio of bald eagles are raising eaglets together.  Just in case people thought polyamory was somehow "un-American."  Here are some pictures of them nesting
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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 we went out to Warbler Ridge for the Grand Prairie Friends Open House. 

We took a short hike and saw some early wildflowers.  I recognized mayapple, ferns, trillium, spring beauties (in bloom), serviceberries (in bloom), and redbuds (almost ready to bloom).  One I didn't know turned out to be cutleaf toothwort.  Further research at home indicates the leaves and roots are edible.  :D

They had some interesting new educational materials.  BrandenBark is an artificial bark used to make bat roots.  Sadly the information page doesn't seem to have sale options.  :(  Here's a more detailed report of its use.  At Fieldhaven we have several standing dead snags -- we leave dead trees in place if they're not in the way.  And we definitely have bats in the area, as they are visible after a rain when the insects hatch.  One or two evenings later -- BATS BATS BATS swooping over the south lot and the prairie. \o/

I picked up some free seeds: milkweed, marigold, and two kinds of sunflowers.  Those will be fun to plant.

It's really cool to see how the place has grown.  A couple years ago they started cutting trails. They've torn down the ratty old shed and put up a nice new metal barn, along with the little old wooden one originally used for function space.  The parking lot is graveled in too.  I'm really looking forward to the native plant sale coming up.
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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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