It's Gardening Time Once Again !

HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
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Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Discovered within a front flowerbed and since eaten. Weren't bad. There are more of them.

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Also discovered that Carlos and amigos mowed over my newly broken ground gladiolus, seven of them. I was too busy searching for and saving two more small hollyhocks, growing within the grass and since transplanted

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serving to distract me from timely preventing the gladiolus' damage the other day. Lobbed the spades directly off the top of them, they did. They should be okay and will eventually be transplanted. I never liked that location for them, anyway. Too much direct wind.


This place has nice iris videos. Mine will require dividing next month.
Very nice, Carlos.

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Carlos didn't do this.

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I'm in the process of digging a new bed for the scarlet bee balm, soon to be relocated at the base of the Hummer Tree of Whimsy up there. I have finished twine wrapping and further stabilized it. Baltimore Oriole couple keep landing within it and are extremely skittish, preventing decent photos. Set oranges out for them yesterday; but they have yet to find them.
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HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
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Guarding my lovely bluebirds
They returned and were just hunting Pyroville.

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The female went down into the brush pile, while the male remained on guard. He perched in the Hummer Tree of Whimsy about one hour ago and has still yet to spy the orange slices. A male cardinal did the same. Their brief visits do not deter the hummers from continuing to regularly visit and perch.

Meanwhile, a visitor at 2AM caused serious commotion. I know him, have kept him separated, which entailed one tackle and hold on Brewster the Beast earlier this morning; he desires to kill him.
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His master one mile down the road will be contacted later today.

Mission Hummerville Dig continues uninterrupted, for it all.

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HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
11,285
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Brewster has taken it upon himself to plant himself within the midst of any and every project that I begin. If I were to go out there right now in the rain, there he would be. He is going to completely annihilate anything I plant there. I can tell.

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He began to destroy blackberry canes yesterday.
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Rumor has it that he has been discussed upon the s/d website resulting in no information.
 

HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
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Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Houston, we appear to finally have lift-off of our first beloved calla lily of the year, having survived the two ice storms.

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and the red hibiscus managed to survive, as well, within the mum flowerbed having been temporarily abandoned for other pressing missions.

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While some azaleas have already dropped their blooms and others are in full bloom.

Both tomato plants now potted and outside with the various peppers and onions soon to follow.

Spiderwort are now beginning to crank out their blooms too. I caught an actual spider patrolling one bloom this morning.

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HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
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Guarding my lovely bluebirds
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Two of my climbers have bloomed this week.
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And one of my others.
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and one glorious scent, huge bush in full bloom by pond:
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and rhododendron
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and blackberry
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it's beginning to smell really good within the swamps.
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HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
11,285
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Nice flowers an pictures

Thanks! Fell asleep early and I just came into the hummer garden, hearing one strange sounding frog down by the pond and spying my first firefly of the year at 3AM. It's a nippy 63°F, and we topped out at 92°F yesterday. Experienced my first two mosquito bites of the year late Wednesday evening. Also spied my first two skinks of the year that same day, as well, with both entering and hunting the spare garage. One is a decent size. All three mongrels also received their first of the year outdoor flea/tick baths. Spring has finally sprung within the swamps!
 
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HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
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Guarding my lovely bluebirds
This is the new occupant down at the pond, continuing to call out a storm at the moment. I think it must be the only one of its kind at the pond, but I did just finally hear another call matching it much further away.


All persimmon seedlings have now produced leaves, with exception to one.

All peppers finally repotted and staked yesterday, with only the onions pending before new purchases can be made. This seems like the first week without rain in forever, but we have a chance this weekend.
 

HuntressOfLight

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Nov 23, 2019
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Guarding my lovely bluebirds
For those who may be unaware, these spiderwort are edible and actually quite tasty. I walk past them multiple times a day, and it's like having a salad buffet beside the sidewalk. I simply pick a few blooms, popping them into my mouth as a snack whenever walking by. They are crunchy, sweet. Cannot say I've ever used the leaves but may this summer.



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They lose their many blooms each evening and new blooms appear early each morning, looking like this each day. They will out-produce most other flowers, eventually being cut back and producing an entire new flush during the heat of summer. They lead the way to the hummingbird garden and constant honeybee buzzing can be heard about them all the way from there. They also attract many other buzzing critters, as well as plenty which don't buzz. One of their best features is that their colors appear to change, from blue to purple to violet to pink within dabbled light filtered through the tree canopies during early morning. I cannot recommend them enough.
 


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