Category Archives: Observations

Staying in Tune with the Outside World

It used to give me cabin fever to keep my windows closed for months in the winter or during hot spells in summer when you need the air conditioning to think straight. I always thought that I was missing the … Continue reading

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Pasque Flower Art

My blue pasque flower bloomed back in early April and the flowers looked like this: But the seed heads that have formed since then are almost more fun and interesting than the flowers!   Save Save Save Save

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The Magic Chicken Thief

Our neighbors have a chicken coop that sits on the lot line near the back corner of our property and theirs. While I don’t particularly appreciate the smelly coop on humid, summer days, the chickens are, for the most part, … Continue reading

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Stuffed with Turkey(s)

The Wild Turkey family has been visiting our yard every day for almost 2 weeks now, and in that time the five poults have almost doubled in size. Only mom shows up with the babies now. They meander all over … Continue reading

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Fairies!

I was picking up sticks the other day so my husband wouldn’t run them over with the lawnmower when I came upon this cool fairy ring in the lawn. I’ve heard about fairy rings, but I’d never seen one before. … Continue reading

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A Chilling Sight

I gasped when I saw it, and then I looked around for bones or guts. There were tufts of what looked like gray or black fur sticking up all over parts of the lawn. I could only imagine a coyote … Continue reading

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Fun with Fungi

Until now, I never realized how challenging it is to identify wild mushrooms. The growing conditions must have been perfect for them this fall because they were popping up everywhere. I starting snapping photos of some of the more interesting … Continue reading

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Hint Hint?

Should I be alarmed that all my mums started blooming early this year—some as early as mid-July? This is ‘Grape Glow’: This is ‘Lemonsota’: And here’s ‘Ravalii’: And should I be worried that my ‘Color Flash’ Astilbe has been in … Continue reading

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Variations on a Theme

I’ve had some really nice pink/purple combinations in my flowerbeds this year. This is Geranium ‘Rozanne’ with dwarf Asiatic lily ‘Tiny Toons’: In one of my annual beds I planted ‘Dreamland Rose’ zinnias with ‘Milady Lilac’ asters: In my pots … Continue reading

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In or Out

The other day I returned from the grocery store and propped open a door to make it easier to unload the bags. As I was making my second trip, a housefly buzzed by my head and into the kitchen. I … Continue reading

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