Saturday, February 8, 2014
We actually had a smattering of snow yesterday! I was going to cancel out of going to the Friday workout and actually called my pal D… who convinced me to go and R would drop by and pick me up. So despite myself I went exercising with the others and it was so very beautiful. I took lots of photos and will post them tomorrow.
Anyway .. look at this beautiful sky!! I went outside this morning to re-fill the hummingbird feeders (otherwise they freeze) and replenished the bird feed. Looking up .. what sky eye-candy!
and more .. and then I really had to get going … although the sun was a little warm, the air temperature was not!
A chubby little Robin flew past me and settled onto this little gate post. This is one of my new raised beds full of garlic .. see the lovely green leaves. And this funky gate is so lovely and I plan to use it as a little feature all throughout the garden. Then you can see the pvc loop (I put green plastic mesh for climbing plants) and then there are those wonderful garden trellis planter things .. I have 3 and they are very portable to put throughout the yard. I’ve just left them here for the winter.
Here is a longer view of that same photo of the Robin. All those pots you can see in the background have garlic growing. Even those little buds from the bottom of the Elephant garlic are planted in shallow pots.
Then I caught a glimpse of the little grey squirrel, racing up the sidewalk and heading for the stairs … excited to fetch two more peanuts from the sundeck above. They have to eat .. theirs is a precarious life and so I am happy to provide them with food during this freezing weather. Can you imagine if humans had to travel so far for so little and survive on these few peanuts? I thought about that last night as I grabbed a handful of peanuts from the large bag that I bought (for them!) and thought how easily I can provide them for myself, compared with the little squirrels, who value these treasures and travel far and wide to gather them, cache them and save for future meals.
I was still watching the little Robin when I caught sight of the squirrel racing away with his treasures. I clicked the camera and hadn’t expected to actually get a good photo! He’s racing like mad.
Oh, I must share these photos. Dh & I had this ficus for many years. It flourished well .. except for a time last fall .. when all but a few leaves survived on a sad looking dried branched tree. It had developed soil mites .. they were little little fruit flies. I searched for remedies and tried them .. like putting a layer of sand on the surface of the soil so the eggs wouldn’t hatch. That didn’t work. I put the plant outside for weeks .. .the mites were still there. Drastic measures called for a new pot, new soil. I removed the figus from the old pot, washed the rhizomous roots in a light solution of Ecos laundry soap and then rinsed thoroughly with clear water. Into the new pot, with new soil. And .. a good application of EM . I didn’t bother to even trim away the dry branches, as I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Well .. a few months later and we are astounded at the tiny little new growths and now these have become leaves and stems! I believe it was the EM that saved it and encouraged the tree to grow. Isn’t it lovely! I’ll trim away any dried stems in a month or so. We are so happy .. DH, myself .. and the ficus, all three!
Then there is another success story. This plant below, was purchased from a “big box store that I will not name” over 10 years ago. I don’t know the name of the plant. If anyone could identify it .. I would be most grateful. This plant is tough. It has survived on no care, no water and has been moved about a lot. For the past 4 years, it has sat in the back room of the basement. I moved it outside for the summer and back inside for the winter. Then, a few weeks ago, I felt so bad for this living plant that just wanted to keep on growing and wouldn’t die. So I added a bit of soil to the top surface. Gave it a liberal dose of EM and some sunlight. And look! It is so very happy and is growing so well. The power of a tough plant and the magic of EM! I love you little plant.
Just can’t get enough of this beauty ..
And finally … a friend told me about a little bird that was drawn into a Buffalo (airplane!) which was flying low and slow .. the little bird perched on the Captain’s finger .. I found this to be such a fabulous photo & story and I’m sure you will agree:
The tiny bird sitting so confidently .. while flying inside the mighty Buffalo!
I sent the photo to Ann Nightingale, a birder extraordinaire, based in Victoria, BC. ! I haven’t met her in person yet, but whenever I have a photo of a bird that has issues or a bird that is unusual, I always e-mail her and she always has the right answer for me. I look forward to meeting her someday.
Anyway, here is Ann’s information on this little bird:
“It’s a Kinglet … perhaps (because the photo is from July) a baby Golden-crowned Kinglet .” How magical!!!
Sigh .. what a wonderful world! And such amazingly wonderful people!