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14 Sep 2014

NATURAL DISASTER

Posted by JW. 4 Comments

MOTHER NATURE WINS AGAIN

In the process of setting up a day with my son in law to help me take down some trees.  No need to now Mother Nature has beaten us to the punch.  Woke up this morning to a new look in one of the gardens.  Strange looking thing had grown overnight to about five feet tall. When I went to look and see what it was I found a large tree covered with Wisteria  had come down during the thunder storm last night.  We had planted the wisteria about 20 years ago, it had climbed two Ash trees but it never blossomed. The trees are now dead and where in need of being taken down.  In the photos the other one is still standing but with a definite lean.  Pruning shears worked to remove the vines and brushy limbs.  Chain saw would not start so large trunk is still waiting.  Chain saw in the shop tomorrow.

 

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Guess the next post will be about the clean up and fence repair.  Have a great day, see you next time.
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5 Sep 2014

AUGUST IN OUR GARDENS

Posted by JW. 4 Comments

As August is leaving us we have seen many beautiful things.

As August is slipping away lots of things are happening and changing in the gardens.  Of course August is the prime month for weeds,  dry and hot and the weeds seam to thrive.  Not many insect problems except that something is devouring the milkweed.  Have not been able to catch the critter so on it goes.  I have seen a couple of large Grass hopper type out there, they may be the ones.

Lots of Fledglings this month, Sparrows, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Yellow Finches and others.  Lots of insects like beetles, Bugs, Dragon Flies, wasps and bees. Humming birds are very busy perching at the top of things and then darting off to catch something. American Goldfinches are cleaning out the Sunflowers.  The pollinators have finished with the agastache gone to seed now the birds are taking over.

As August slides away we have a new addition to our selection of toys and things.  It is a ROADTECK  190 RV.  Next trip to Florida will be with the dogs.
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Slide show is of various photos taken in August.

To view the slide show click on one of the photos then use the <<  >> symbols to navigate.  If you click on a enlarged photo you will return to the post.
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 Have a great day, see you next time.

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8 Aug 2014

WHAT HAPPENED IN JULY IN OUR GARDEN

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LETS SEE WHAT PHOTOS WE TOOK IN JULY 2014

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As we wonder around the gardens we see different and sometimes strange things.  As we sit and read we hear many different sounds.  Many times we hear things but can not see them and if we move from the lounge chair its gone.  “GOOF” the wonder dog lets us know if any thing dangerous like “Pink Elephants” or “Lions” are in the gardens.  So far all he has told us are around are some Chipmunks and birds.
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Male Scarlet Tanager

Its been a few years since we have seen the Scarlet Tanager. Am sure they have been around but its very difficult to see them way up in the top of the trees.
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Rudbeckia, Agastache, Monarda all are pollinators, Hummingbird and Butterfly attractors.

We are seeing lots of pollinators not many butterfly’s.  As the flowers go to seed the American Goldfinches will come to glean the seeds.
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Evening Primrose

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Fritillary butterfly on Butterfly weed

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Sunflower in full bloom

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Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Hummingbird is a regular user of the top of this tepee.  Scanning the area and then off to catch something then returning to eat the catch and wait for the next one.
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SUPERMOON

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Sun Flowers planted by chipmunks and birds.

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Daylilly

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Male Northern Cardinal

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Bumble Bee on Sun Flower

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Chipmunk lives under porch

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“GOOF” dog looking for chipmunk.

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That’s about it, lots of things developing and coming into bloom.  Looks like the next post will be about whats happening in August.

Have a great day.
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