Monday, March 30, 2015

End of March garden and TO DO list for early April

This cold is relentless! Yesterday was my first day in the garden for the 2015 season.  It was sunny but cold with too much wind for my taste.  41F would have been nice for work if you take the wind out of the equation.  There is so much to do in the garden and the spring has apparently been condensed from three months to only two. All the work I used to do in March now will have to be shoved in the month of April.
So what did I accomplished yesterday?

  • cover the tulips with birds net so they don't become breakfast for bunnies as in other years
  • cut down the old foliage of epimedium so that the new foliage doesn't get tanggled with the old and makes for a bigger chore 
  • raked and picked-up a large bag of dead leaves off the lawn by the veggie garden..barely put a dent into this kind of task.

Today the temperatures will be a similar with yesterday and something will need to be accomplished. I can't be intimidated by wind, rain or cloudy anymore! I am going all out pretending it is a lovely spring out there! There is too much to do!
We even have some snow piles left to melt! Ugh!

The list for TO DO is long:

  • spray the apple trees with dormant oil
  • pick-up old leaves off the lawn and veggie garden beds
  • cut down all heuchera and lamiastrum leaves to make room for new growth
  • cut down dead grasses and the rest of the perennials left from fall
  • cover with soil or compost the exposed roots of heaving plants i.e. foxgloves, coral bells etc
  • spray for deer
  • take cutting of forsythia to forcer indoor for Easter
  • breathe!
Witch Hazel blooming right now

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Flicker

One more woodpecker variety that was new to our yard and feeder this past winter was the Northern Flicker woodpecker.  Quite a different habit of eating which got me confused at first on what bird this is.  It likes to eat from the ground and not the feeders. It is a great companion of the Red Bellied Woodpecker or the Cardinals which are frequently eating from the suet feeder.  Anything that the other birds drop becomes lunch for the Flicker.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pileated woodpecker in our yard!

I was very busy lately but I must share with you the news.  You know that I love all the song birds and woodpeckers that come to our feeders, but who knew that this very cold winter, during February of 2015 I will see this amazing bird! And have the camera ready!? What are the chances to see this...ever? The Pileated Woodpecker!