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Garden Gleanings and other ramblingsPosted Sunday, April 13, 2008, at 8:49 AM
Early Sunday morning is great for reviewing the past and planning the future week. As I was doing so, I remembered that I forgot to mention that our hummingbirds are back. They seemed a little late this year, but we were ready for them.
After the storm I noticed that they were coming up to the feeder, but not going in for a sip. Since the water had not been changed for a week, I thought they were making a statement about the quality of their food, but after a closer look, I am wondering about a small twig (2") that was blown behind the flower (plastic of course) on one side. After I removed it, feeding went back to normal.
Maybe someone can give us an idea of what might have been going on in those bird's minds that stopped them from feeding. Could they have been worried that it was a snake? Is there some other predator that would be similar to a twig?
I made a batch of food to replace the original but it does not seem to be needed. I hate to waste their food, so I guess I will see if I can store it for a few more days in the refrigerator.
After we got back from two auctions yesterday (empty handed), I was determined to get back on listing eBay items. Great plan, but it did not work. We decided that since the "storm" put a tree on our neighbor's house that we should check our property for damage.
No trees down that we could see, but I confirmed my fears that our native watercress had taken a big hit from last year's drought. Guess I need to share some of our watercress with Mother Nature.
As I was coming in to start my declared objective to list, my veggie plants shouted out at me for re-planting. When I got into it, there were a LOT more needing attention so several more hours passed. I finally ran out of larger containers but the biggest were rescued.
Maybe after this next frost, I will chance putting them out. After all, it is coming smack dab on the date of our average last frost, so I won't be too crazy. Will I?
Bundle up for the next few nights. At our garden meeting Mike asked what we all were going to do about frost and I had not planned on doing much, but looking out the window today makes me re-think that idea.
Our clematis is coming on strong (I can never decide how to pronounce that word, glad I am just writing it) and a few hardy plants I moved out from the greenhouse might benefit from extra protection.
I booted up the computer finally around 6:30. I just had to answer a few e-mails and make some changes to a presentation I am giving on Tuesday, but before I knew it, it was 9:30! Dang it! Another listing day lost.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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