Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bird Calls


Are you interested in birds?  I am.  I don't know whether you would call me a birder or a bird watcher, but I enjoy watching them at the feeder and their calls are like  sweet music to me.  Soon they will not be quite as noisy, as most of them are beginning their migration to the south.  But some of our loyal feathered friends hang around all winter.  One of my favorites is the cardinal because I especially love the contrast of their red plumage against the white snow.
Recently, I came across this Bird Call Challenge at eNature.com.  At this site, you can test your skill at identifying wild bird calls. I didn't too badly but was surprised at the ones I missed. Give it a try! Test your knowledge.  I would love to hear how you did!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Garden - Next Step


Yesterday, I took the next step in forming my new daylily garden. I dug out every weed and piece of grass I could find.  Oh, my aching back! Well, I didn't do it all by myself (my husband and a neighbor pitched in after feeling sorry for me.) But I did dig about 3/4 of it alone.  Not bad, huh?
As you can see the earth here is all sugar sand left behind eons ago by the glacier that formed Michigan. So even though I am about 60 miles from Lake Michigan, my yard looks like a beach under the grass, and at this time, there isn't even much of that.
Tomorrow I hope to remove some sand  -- maybe down about 6 inches.  We'll haul it around back and use it to fill in a low spot. Then next week I'm having some black dirt delivered to fill in my area.
After that the real fun begins -- moving my precious daylilies from my daughter's garden, where they were planted to save them due to the sale of my old house. Some of them have been away from home for over 3 years!
Well, let's hope this old body holds up.  Actually, my back is quite good; it's the calf and thigh muscles that are screaming! But next spring I know when my plants start to poke through the earth, I won't remember the pain at all; there will only be joy in watching them grow, and it will all be worth it.

I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden. ~Abraham Cowley, The Garden, 1666


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Moving Your Plants Indoors


It truly is fall now.  Our temps are dropping quite a bit at night.  A few days ago I woke up to find the temperature was 37 degrees.  I have no idea how cold it got during the night.  Luckily, I had moved my plants indoors.
This fern was purchased as a small plant in May. I had it on the front porch in the shade all summer.  Even though I continued to water it well and mist it regularly, it was growing quite slowly. Then I used some of the Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea I wrote about a couple of posts back and this is what happened. I was blown away.
Thanks Annie, for the chance to try your great product!  
Now that I have moved this fern inside for the winter. I'll keep it in the basement near a window until spring.  I've never had much luck with indoor ferns. I know they need to be kept at no less than 50 degrees, and that usually dry indoor heat is not good. So I'll mist often and water regularly.   Now I just hope my green thumb doesn't fail me.  Next spring I'll let you know how moving my outdoor plants indoors worked out.