In between rainy days and an endless list of garden chores, I’ve been able to spend some time working on The Wall. The front of the wall is about 90% done and the back is about 30% so I am hoping that once the weather clears, I will be able to finish this phase, do some preliminary cleanup and then start grouting everything. I need to get it done if I want to get the garden in front of it planted this year!
I have to say that I love having all kinds of birds in the gardens, in spite of the fact that I sometimes listen to myself and think “you sound just like grandma…”
The blue birds have moved into several of the nesting boxes I made and the first hummingbirds were snacking on my cranesbill geraniums yesterday.
Not sure if this male Eastern Blue Bird (double click on the photo to enlarge it – he is right in the entry-hole of the house) is building the nest or feeding young, but I watched him flit back and forth to his house all afternoon. Wonder if he was the same one that kept flying onto the barn window screens trying to get at his reflection in the window! You can check out video of that drama on my Facebook page!
It seems early, but I put some supports into the garden the other day when I saw buds the size of XXLarge eggs on my oriental poppies. They have to be tied up to supports or the flowers are so huge they break the stems.
OK. There are bird houses, feeders and baths and all around the property and I think they validate my claim that I am a true bird lover. However! I draw the line when it comes to sharing my berries with any of them! When I finished weeding the blueberry beds, I set up the netting frame and once I have the irrigation in place, will cover the entire frame in netting.
Wouldn’t you think that Connecticut, with all those netted tobacco fields, would be an easy place to find used tobacco netting? Impossible stuff to come by so, once again, I will have to rely on black plastic netting. This year I was able to find some really fine mesh that is as supple as fabric so I hope we will be able to close off every possible entry point to the patch. Last year, we had some incredibly fat little birds who always found a way in!