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Monday, October 17, 2016

Done and undone

310 spring bulbs in today's mail.
We hoped for them last weekend, because of all the rain.
But, the ground is plenty damp, and it will rain a lot by Wednesday,
so in the ground they went.
Before supper and after.
I claim to have planted fifty,
but Laura says "maybe forty."


I decided to have no bird feeders here.
No place to really spread out.
Most of the birds seem to be sparrows.
Not that there aren't fifty kinds of sparrows.


Even when the chickadee sat in the pear tree,
and looked me straight in the eye.
In spite of all the mornings I've opened the door to a chickadee on the railing.
No feeders.


Then yesterday I looked out the back door window,
and there was a junco.
See how they're ganging up.

Laura is all in favor of bird feeder(s)!
We'll just rake up the hulls for mulch around the pear tree.
Just like we did at the old house.

Well, a trip to the bird feeder store is on the weekend agenda.

30 comments:

  1. Bulbs and bird feeders!!!!
    Language I understand.
    And later today I need to scrub the veranda again. The birds continence is an issue. As are the hulls.

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    1. I considered the guano problem, since the feeders will be at the deck. Oh well.

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    2. I swear that some of them consume cement. Or superglue. Or something of that sort. Much scrubbing is required.

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  2. We put bulbs in later here. We don't have feeders, just the grapes!

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  3. Yay! It is one of my great pleasures in life. I feed them the no waste sunflower chips and there really eat it all. It was 91 degrees today so my bulbs are going to have to wait. Don't you just love allium and anemones and...

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  4. That's a lot of bulbs, and 50 is a lot to plant...what are young people for if they can't plant most of the bulbs?

    I was going to say "I'll bet anything you have bird feeder up before spring." Then I got to the end of your post...you're not even going to make it to Winter!

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  5. You will likely get as much pleasure from the feeders as the birds will. I miss bulbs; looking forward to photos of your come spring.

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  6. I was wondering about the bird feeders. I know you initially said none, but thought maybe you would change your mind and have at least one. Seems the birds have done the mind-changing for you.
    I'm looking forward to seeing all your bulbs blooming :)

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  7. And this is how to make a house a home :)

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  8. Bulb flowers for spring. That will be nice. I'll bet you give in and install the feeders.

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  9. Lots of work planting those bulbs. I miss the bird feeders but not really much bird activity here, though one day I did look outside and there were about 20 birds on the grassy/dirt area.

    betty

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  10. We don't have birds feeders here, but a lot of birds are eating the cat's food on the deck.

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  11. Hari OM
    Well one feeder at least. It wouldn't be a Noragon place without at least one bird feeder. Only sparrows now, but the fancy one's will get word. Trust me on this! Could the feeder not be on the front garden on a pole? the hulls and guano will directly serve purpose then... just thinking out loud. YAM xx

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  12. no sense denying yourself the pleasure of them all winter long

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  13. I doubt you will be sorry, considering the pleasure their visits to the feeder will give you. Nice pictures of the birds, especially that sweet chickadee.

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  14. Good grief. A bag of 20 bulbs can tire me out. But your place will be glorious in the spring.

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  15. That is a lot of bulbs. All I can think of is, oh my aching back. I am sure that next spring your yard will be magnificent.

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  16. oh good. you have to have t least ONE bird feeder! sure is going to be nice when all those bulbs come up. I want to get some of those giant alliums.

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    1. I don't know what's going to happen with the giant alliums. I thought the old house alliums were giant, but those bulbs were the size of, say, iris bulbs. These bulbs are as big as tennis balls. We'll see.

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  17. I took our feeders down, too. We had SO many birds and the feeders were too close to our house so we ended up with you-know-what ALL OVER our deck and chairs and tables. If I put them further out I will have a hard time getting to them to refill them once the snow sets in here.
    Great pictures you got...and can't wait to see spring pictures of all those 45 bulbs you planted. You will notice I compromised on your numbers so there is no arguing. lol Have a great Tuesday- xo Diana

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  18. I went shopping for a birthday gift for my mother in law this morning. Headed out without a clue about what to get her. I came home with four dozen assorted spring bulbs. I think she will really like that!

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  19. They obviously all ganged up together those birds and said, 'If we look her in the eye for long enough she will relent and start feeding us!'. Looks like they have succeeded.

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  20. We had a bird feeder in our old place, but won't have one here. It would have to be on the patio, with loads of songbirds, and falcons as well.

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  21. I know that bird feeders leave a huge mess. And at my house I have to fight with the squirrels so they won't take over. But I love watching the birds too much to not hang the feeders.

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  22. Oh that birds are so cute!
    As to the bulbs: I used a genial device from the Netherlands (!): a thing like a spade, but with a sort of sharp cylinder with a tiny "footstep" at its side instead of the blade - so I was able to plant 160 lily-flowering tulips (pink, white and cold yellow) into the four beds.

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  23. Maybe it will start with sparrows and juncos, but the perhaps word will spread and you will get cardinals or nuthatches. -Jenn

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  24. No bird feeders here.
    The lady up the back fees all the wild birds plus Pidge will not allow any wild birds to eat out of his bowl, it's his house and he protects it from all the feathered intruders well tries to.
    Merle........

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  25. It is exciting to build new gardens! I feed the hummingbirds, but let the campers feed the rest. I have martins who nest on the eaves of my front porch every year. Same place and the clematis under that nest is my best one. All that baby bird poop is good for something!!

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