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9 Jun 2015

SUMMER IS FAST APPROACHING

Posted by JW. 4 Comments

SUMMER IS UPON US

As summer is coming upon us some things are late this year and some where early.  We just went through a long dry spell, then we got a substantial amount of rain.  Things  started popping up every where and blossoms are opening.  Garden Tractor-Lawn mower is in shop for engine repair.  Grass and weeds are growing like crazy, needs mowing.  Hope we get tractor back by this weekend.

Moving into summer the weather is cooperating and ground is warming up.  Able to work in the gardens as soil has a moisture content instead of being completely dry. After mowing the foot tall grass and weeds will continue working through the gardens adding compost and mulch.
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RHODODENDRON NOT AS FULL AS PAST YEARS. YOU CAN SEE WINTER DAMAGE.

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PEONY COMING INTO BLOOM

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YELLOW CORYDAIS

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ANOTHER PEONY BLOOMING

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ANOTHER PEONY

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FIRST CLEMATIS STARTING TO BLOOM

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SIBERIAN IRIS IN FULL BLOOM

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OUR OLDEST PEONY COMING INTO BLOOM

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THE LAST LILAC TO BLOOM

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HANGING PLANT MILLION BELLS

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HANGING PLANT PETUNIA

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ANOTHER POT OF MILLION BELLS

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COLUMBINE

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I have photos of all our Lilacs in bloom, will post them in another post.  The Hydrangea did not do well this past winter.  Last years growth did not come back. Expect very little bloom on this years growth. Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) so far has done well, we expect good bloom. 

Did not start a lot of plants inside this year because we where in Florida when things should have been sown., do have some cucumbers, tomatoes, winter squash, green zucchini, and broccoli  coming along now will plant in about a week.  Will also be starting some vegetables for fall harvest in a few weeks. We have some Tomatoes in the ground now.

That it for this post.  Hope you enjoy the photos.  Your comments are always welcome.

Have a wonderful day.

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5 May 2015

GREAT DAY AT THE HABITAT

Posted by JW. 2 Comments

THEY ARE ALL AROUND US ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS TAKE NOTICE.

Activity at the Habitat today, lots of birds coming and going including Red Tailed Hawks, Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Robins, Red Wing Blackbirds, Cow Birds and those we did not see or take notice of.

Biggest surprise was the Indigo Bunting feeding along side of a Cardinal and a Chipping Sparrow.  Hopefully the next few days will bring the Orioles and Scarlet Tanagers.

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MALE INDIGO BUNTING

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MALE RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

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MALE RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

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MALE NORTHERN CARDINAL

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INDIGO BUNTING MALE, CHIPPING SPARROW AND MALE NORTHERN CARDINAL SHARING THE FEED ON THE GROUND

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That’s it for this post.  Have a wonderful day.
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29 Jan 2015

THE DAY AFTER

Posted by JW. 4 Comments

THE DAY AFTER THE BLIZZARD OF 2015 

The Blizzard of 2015 has come and gone is now the day after.  We got more than 24 inches total and had minor drifting.  The day of the blizzard the birds fed heavily.  This morning things are quieter  just  a steady pace at the feeders.

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Birds are just starting to feed. About 6:30 am

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CAROLINA WREN

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Tufted Titmouse and Black-caped Chickadee sharing the peanut butter mix.

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Black-capped Chickadee cleaning out the last morsels from the feeder.

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House Finch

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Male Northern Cardinal feeds while his mate watches out for danger.

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Every now and then nature provides us with something prefect. That has happened today as this female Northern Cardinal sits on top of what we call our birds look out post. While her partner feeds at the feeder she is looking out for any danger.

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Eastern Bluebird checking things out.

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This post published prematurely last night while working on it.  I am now repairing it and completing it.  It will be up dated shortly.

Up date and repair completed.

That’s all for this post. See you next time.
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