No idea how long the nest has actually been in the holly bush outside the living room window...I only thought something was odd when I got an earful from a cardinal while I was pruning the dappled willow next to the holly. A day or two later I'm looking out the window and see the holly from a different angle - including the nest. The mom has been sitting in the nest quite a bit this week, getting a lot of undesired attention from the cats through the window. And today? Babies!
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
We went up to NY to visit my parents for a combined belated-birthday for my dad, plus early Mother's Day for mom. Also scheduled for the visit was hanging out with friends, seeing the new Avengers movie, going to a Da Vinci exhibit at the local museum, and more.
What I didn't realize was that Kelli from Chicken Thistle Farm had brought eggs over for us to bring back... It could be she mentioned it, but there was so many different conversations going on at the same time in my parents' kitchen that I missed it. We were packing up to come back home at the end of the trip and my parents wanted to make sure we didn't forget the eggs. Sometimes I plan ahead and put in an order for eggs, but whether or not I remember, Kelli is usually watching out for me and makes sure I have a dozen to bring back. These things are amazing - beautiful color inside and out! I love getting the mix of different colors (even the occasional blue egg!), and the color of the yolks is SO intense!
I had a day off after we got back from NY, so I whipped up an omelette for my breakfast before getting out to the yard work. Look at this - you'd think I'd added turmeric!
Yes, I admit it's a little brown on the outside, but I kinda like my eggs that way. And on the inside?
My hand might provide better reference...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
- In the distance is the smallest Japanese plum wrapped in row cover. The two larger Japanese plums didn't get wrapped - I'll hose them with water in the morning to see if it makes a difference.
- Beneath each of the Japenese plums are strawberries, with either floating row cover or leaves.
- Back behind the plums and to the right, not really visible, are the potatoes covered in leaves.
- Far right are the blueberries covered in buckets and a pot.
- In front of those is burlap draped and pinned in place over the fence rail - that's protecting currants (and, by chance, a hydrangea).
- To the left of that is a bucket over a currant.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
And finally, on one of the cherry trees... I had no idea these had developed already, and only checked because a neighbor said he had fruit on this that he was spraying with Sevin because the cherries had holes in them. Shortly after spraying, little worms were dropping out of the fruit. Guess I better start watching these guys and consider some sort of treatment. Pesticide? Surround?
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Japanese plums are in full bloom, and are really drawing all the little winged workers... You can literally put your face right in the flowers and the insects hardly care - they're just there for the nectar and probably assume in doing the same. All sorts of little bees and flies. I'm impressed they're doing such a good job holding on and flying around, considering it's sooooo windy.
I've been really worried the night time freezing temps were going to kill the blooms, as they've done pretty much every year. I brought in a mix of plum, cherry, pear and Asian pear blossoms yesterday and, with super slender, super sharp scissors, snipped each in half lengthwise. So far it looks like all parts inside are still alive - nothings turned black from being frozen! All the parts I saw were green, yellow-green or white. So far, so good.
The way the trees are loaded with blossoms right now, I'll be lucky to have my only problem be that I need to thin fruit off the tree as they start to develop...
Now about that sticking my face in the blossoms - yes, I did it this morning and all was fine. Since then I've been working in the yard and mowing, and as the day has gone on the tree blossoms are really cranking out the perfume. Now I've got a serious case of the sniffles, and have been feeling a little overwhelmed by the strong floral scent that wasn't there this morning... Sniffle...