Birds, Garden

Planning for Spring

Oh my goodness, where does the time go? January has already receded into the past while the first of the year seems as if it were yesterday. The positive side of this runaway timeline is that Spring is ever so much closer, which in turn means it is time to plan the garden. Some of the beds still need to be reworked and new ones made, but the garlic is already planted and waving its green scapes in the chilly air. Collards, broccoli, and cabbage are in the ground, but they seem to be at a standstill because of the cooler temperatures of January. In the next few days, seedlings will be started indoors and artichokes will be planted in the ground.

A second fruit orchard has been set up that includes Paw Paws, Fuji Apples, Mayhaws, Figs, Peach, and Plum trees. There is still a spot left for a couple of Elderberries for future batches of Elderberry Syrup. There are also two cooking Pear trees that have been producing quite well.

This year has been filled with birds coming to the “Breakfast Buffet” during morning coffee. They devour the seed and suet that is spread just outside the kitchen window. It is a joy watching them every day. Here are a few of the daily visitors.

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It is evident that there is a lot of work to do to welcome Spring so wish me the blessings of Nature!

Don’t Judge the Moment, Live It!

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Morning Moments

Nature Altering Her Robes

The chill of Winter is beginning to set into the Deep South, and I just want to sit by my window and watch Nature alter Her robes as I drink my morning coffee. It is interesting that as She removes Her coverings we increase ours, and as She envelopes Herself with heavier layerings we decrease ours.

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Buffalo Spirit Tree
Darlene Callahan Hohensee
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This morning as I scanned my small corner of Creation the leaves were dropping from my Buffalo Spirit Tree. I soon realized that leaves just don’t drop that heavily. That is when I spied a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker, and I just couldn’t resist grabbing my camera. Thanks to Audubon’s website I was able to identify him and find out what a wonderful companion he is for my garden and trees.

 

 

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Pileated Woodpecker
Darlene Callahan Hohensee
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Pileated Woodpecker
Darlene Callahan Hohensee
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“A big, dashing bird with a flaming crest, the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct).

Excavating deep into rotten wood to get at the nests of carpenter ants, the Pileated leaves characteristic rectangular holes in dead trees. This species became rare in eastern
North America with clearing of forests in centuries past, but has gradually increased in numbers again since about the beginning of the 20th century. Where unmolested, it even lives in parks and woodlots around the edges of large cities.”
~ Audubon Guide to North American Birds

May your day be equally and more abundantly blessed!