A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE IN THE YARD

•08/05/15 • Comments Off on A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE IN THE YARD

sunflowers
In addition to the squirrels I’ve mentioned, there are also several chipmunks. Chipmunks LOVE sunflower oilers!! They fill their little cheeks with the seeds, then bury them all over the place in landscape beds. Normally I just pull out the sprouts as the seed grows. But I sometimes let a clump of the sprouted seeds to grow to provide some sunny color in late summer. The flower heads also attract bees and small birds. Once the seeds in the flower heads have been picked out by the finches and sparrows, I pull the stalks out of the ground.

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SQUIRRELS ARE CUTE BUT ….

•08/03/15 • Comments Off on SQUIRRELS ARE CUTE BUT ….

Wood platform bird feederWood platform bird feeder

Many, many years ago I purchased a large bird feeder that holds a lot of seed so I wouldn’t have to fill it daily, plus it’s sort of like a platform feeder making it easy for all birds to easily eat the seed. The birds loved it!

I took it with me when I moved to Arizona for eighteen months. The feeder was equally popular with AZ birds as well. However, the low humidity out there caused the wood to split, rendering the feeder unusable.

This Spring I decided to clean the feeder and put it back together using Gorilla Glue. It worked. So I installed it once again and hoped the birds would enjoy having a bigger feeder. Well, they did but then some squirrels found it and decided this was the PERFECT feeder. Now there are 2 gray squirrels and 3 little red squirrels. The “reds” practically live at the feeder. Plus, as the pic shows, they push a lot of seed on the platform part which then falls to the ground.

They managed to chew through the half-inch wood to enlarge one of the holes that allow the seed to flow to the small tray. With the larger hole, they crawl into the large holding bin to eat undisturbed … and possibly to sleep fully protected! A couple times, one of the red squirrels has been inside when I opened the lid to refill it. Loud chatter let me know the squirrel didn’t appreciate being bothered.

Wood platform bird feeder

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HUMMERS ARE HUMMING

•07/12/15 • Comments Off on HUMMERS ARE HUMMING

bee balm & phlox

The Bee Balm has been spectacular this year. It almost looks flourescent! The last two years the plant developed a bad case of powdery mildew. This year I bought Ortho Disease B-Gon to spray my crab apple so I applied some several times to the Bee Balm as it was growing. I stopped before the flowers bloomed. So far no signs of powdery mildew in spite of all the rain we’ve had.

The hummingbirds and bees are frequent visitors plus yesterday I noticed two hummingbird moths feeding at both the Bee Balm and the Phlox.

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

•07/04/15 • Comments Off on HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Happy 4th

I’VE BEEN WORKING HARD!!!!

•05/24/15 • Comments Off on I’VE BEEN WORKING HARD!!!!

Back yard
I’ve been really busy this Spring! I’ve put down around 100 bags of mulch and just under 1000lbs of top soil. I have large landscape beds all around the house, plus I put a new 5’x24′ bed in next to the back of the house. When I bought my home 18 years ago, it was a new build with NOTHING! So to have it now look like this is very rewarding!

Click to see more photos of my recent yard work.

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FLOWERING TREES ARE SPECTACULAR

•05/04/15 • Comments Off on FLOWERING TREES ARE SPECTACULAR

Flowering Crabapple

Have you noticed how plush the flowering trees have been this year. Apparently all conditions have been perfect for maximum flowers … or maybe they were as tired of the winter as we were and decided we needed some cheer!
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NEW PETS IN THE YARD

•04/08/15 • Comments Off on NEW PETS IN THE YARD

Squirrel at bird feeder

Three squirrels are now regularly coming to the large feeder. My neighbor refills the corn for them. Generally they ignore The Murph because apparently they feel safe from the feeder’s height. Usually he just doesn’t see them unless they’re running along the top of the fence. I bought a special peanut feeder for the squirrels which when they stand on a ledge, the lid lifts for them to access the inside peanuts. So far, the squirrels haven’t figured it out but a nighttime raccoon has. It cleans it out whenever I fill it! Bummer!!!!
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