Winter

VERY Early to Rise

January 21, 2013 0 Comments
VERY Early to Rise

Saturday’s very warm temperatures had us in the yard cleaning up the old birdseed under the feeders.   While wandering around the house looking at various plants in the garden I noticed that the rabbits have been busy already on my roses.  And one of the roses in sprouting new growth.  More concerning to me are […]

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Post Christmas Green

December 24, 2012 0 Comments
Post Christmas Green

All the presents are ripped open and the wrapping paper and packaging thrown out.  The tree is still standing despite the best efforts of Rover and Fluffy.  Now what?  What do I do with the tree? Well, if it is an artificial one, leave it up until Valentine’s Day like we used to do.  It […]

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A Bittersweet Moment…

December 10, 2012 1 Comment
A Bittersweet Moment…

‘Tis the season to decorate, but you might want to be careful what you are decorating with. Oriental Bittersweet is a woody vine that has bright red berries and is perfect for Christmas decorations. The problem is, the seeds on the vines are viable, meaning they will grow if they hit the dirt… well, they […]

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Poinsettia Post Christmas

January 9, 2012 0 Comments
Poinsettia Post Christmas

Two plants are iconic for the winter holiday season, Christmas trees and poinsettias. Most people either have a fake tree they take down after the holidays and put back in the box or a formerly living tree that they leave on the curb or take to be recycled at the local Nature Center.  We don’t […]

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The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 8, 2011 1 Comment
The Great Backyard Bird Count

Most of the winter, Dwayne and I have been trying to figure out how many pairs of Cardinals are visiting our feeders.  We have had at least 6 males at one time and as many females, although not necessarily at the same time. The problem is, they keep flying off as a new one flies […]

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Winter Photos

December 30, 2010 2 Comments
Winter Photos

While driving in winter and dealing with the extreme cold are not my favorite things to do this time of the year, Mother Nature can sure put on a show.  Here are some photos that some people sent in from last week’s snow and this week’s hoar frost.  Beautiful. And here are the photos from […]

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For the Birds

December 29, 2010 6 Comments
For the Birds

 While we enjoy planting flowers and shrubs that the birds can enjoy during the summer, we also make sure they have plenty of food, shelter and water for the winter.  Birds use more energy in the winter to stay warm and make it through the very long nights.  We put out sunflower seed since almost every bird […]

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Nature’s Insulation

December 15, 2009 1 Comment
Nature’s Insulation

And I was worried the ground would freeze and heave out all of my perennials….   As we are all aware, Mother Nature provided a heck of a storm last week.  The storm dumped a large swath of snow that added up to 12 to 15 inches before the winds kicked up.  Mark has information […]

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