Friday, January 9, 2009

This and that ...

Can you see my little friend up there in the tree?  He was CHEEEEEPing at me today as I worked in the yard.   I think it was a wren, but it's hard to say.  I couldn't see him any better than this photo.

He must have a nest near by because he was fussing at me.  I went away for a little while and left him in peace.  But it sure was a lovely sound.

We lost a male cardinal this week ... I'm so sad to report that he was the victim of one of our dogs.  I suspect it was our new hound girl (the chicken-killer).  Made me so sad to find him.  We specifically don't feed or put up houses for the birds in the back yard, but they often sweep across the back and fly really low to the ground.  And sometimes they just hang out in the bushes.  I know it's all part of the cycle of life, but I don't like it when my dogs contribute to it.  
And here's a two-fer for you:  My new Felco pruners, posing next to the two daffodil tips peeking up out of the ground -- already!  See them?  I LOVE the daffodils.  And though I didn't get a photo of it, I saw one tiny bloom on my Anacacho Orchid today.  Spring is just around the corner...or just under the mulch, as the case may be.

And since it worked for me last year, I actually PLANTED daffodils today and yesterday.  I got two dozen into the ground in various spots.  When I did it in January last year with bulbs I had forgotten about, they all came up, so, since now is when I have the time to plant them, now is when they are going in the ground.  

With our bizarre weather these days, I don't think any of the conventional rules apply, anyway!

It was 80 today - but it's supposed to be in the 50's tomorrow.  Summer today, winter tomorrow.  Hey - I'm just happy to have had a little break with sunshine.


12 comments:

Gail said...

Diana,

The weather change will be a shocker. Fifty isn't too bad, especilly if the sun is shining. I am so sorry about the cardinal...I know you feel badly about it. Gail

Pam/Digging said...

Those Felcos are sharp, double meaning intended. I must get a pair.

Diana said...

Gail - You're right. 50 isn't so bad, I just don't adjust quite that quickly!

Pam - Yes, you must. Have them let you "try them on" at the store and feel how good they fit. Now if only I could find shoes that fit and that don't hurt my feet!

getgrounded said...

Oh, Daffodils! I can't wait to see yours. I ended up not planting any this year, but I have other new bulbs and daylilies that I'm excited to see what happens with. This spring should be full of surprises for all of us, to see what made it through the drought.

Diana said...

GetGrounded - you're right. After the last 2 years, who knows what will come up?! Last year I lost a lot of daffodils thanks to the flooded year before. I think a lot of my bulbs literally rotted in the ground. Looking forward to seeing all your lilies.

kate smudges said...

Hi Diana and Happy New Year!! Your new Felcos look great beside the daffodil foliage peeking out. I'm dying of envy over your weather ... 50 would be a dream! Kallie is adorable ... sitting on the grass.

Diana said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Kate. Yeah - I know I am a whiner when I know so many others have TRUE cold weather. And there is some more serious cold coming next week from Alaska. We are truly lucky. But we get weak and shiver at the slightest breeze! I'm so lucky Kallie likes to garden and cook and craft right along with me.

Northern Shade said...

Seeing new bulb sprouts in the garden is amazingly uplifting. I love pulling back the mulch to see the new green tips.How fortunate you are, to be able to plant bulbs this late. When you planted them in January last year, when did they bloom for you?

Meems said...

Diana, glad you're getting out in the garden and you had some sunshine. I think there is an arctic blast that will be affecting most of us this week. Even here we will be in the 30's by the end of the week. No freezing please.
I like your wren and yes, the cardinal is the cycle of life but we don't like to think about how that works sometimes do we?
Meems

Diana said...

Northern Shade - I do love it when the bulbs start popping up. I think they came up late February, but that's a good question and I'll have to go look in my archives. I'll let you know! It was after the existing bulbs were almost done blooming, and it amazed me, frankly.

Meems - I'm waiting for that Arctic blast, too. So glad I am not in the Midwest, where I am sure they will be hit hard. Stay warm!

Lori said...

Ok, now I feel better about still having to put a whole bunch of daffodils in the ground! Lowe's was having a 50% off sale, I love daffodils and have no self-restraint, etc, etc. ;D

Diana said...

Lori - what good is self-restraint, anyway?!! I have two bags of bulbs on the back patio -- crocus and gladiolas. Who knows if they will come up, but I bought them at Lowe's, too! In they go --I believe in gardening with abandon...