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Wordless Wednesday–Columbus Day Cactus?

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These succulent plants bloom in relation to day light, day length and temperature.  That’s why it’s a bit of a misnomer to call them “Christmas ” cacti.

This one seems to have gotten started a bit early  this year!

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The Mess is in the Eye of the Beholder

My last two posts have talked about sustainable garden clean up.  What does the garden look like if you do this?

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Here’s what you might see under my hydrangeas right now. Why is this good? All sorts of critters are enjoying this–chipmunks, squirrels and blue jays–and no one’s harming the plants.

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Want some more of a mess? This is what’s under our row of white pines. I counted 10 different bird species enjoying this–not counting the chipmunks and squirrels,  of course.

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And for a real mess, here’s one of the gardens that hasn’t been touched in over 2 years (except of course to be accidentally sprayed by herbicide in that poisoning incident.) These gardens are really dry–we haven’t had any rain for almost a month.

But this garden, for the most part, is usually full of lush hydrangeas so what you are seeing is hidden. Not so bad, is it?

Wordless Wednesday–Camouflage

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Rarely do I get to just sit and observe.  And when I do, I find that nature is often wary of being watched.  But these house plants provide great cover!

I hadn’t realized that they make a great screen for bird watching.  Apparently I am much less visible when hiding behind some indoor greenery. You’ll learn what I observed Friday.

Wordless Wednesday–Huddled Against Jose

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No, this is not a new plant growing technique: shove everything together up against some larger pots.

Last week they thought we might get some impacts from Hurricane Jose. So I took all the remaining pots that were outside and sheltered them from the wind.

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Anything that had been on the wall I dropped beneath the wall to protect it.

And while yes, we had some wind, thankfully it was minor. We did not suffer the fate of those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean or so many other areas recently decimated by hurricanes. Thoughts and prayers to all those in those recently devastated areas.

Wordless Wednesday–Ways of Seeing

Every so often I get fixated on a particular tree. In this case, it’s an Eastern White Pine that’s clearly been topped by a storm at one point.

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When you look at the thing, you wonder how long it will even be alive.

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Clearly it had been double-trunked at one point. But now, it’s just a sad mass of needles, really.

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The trees around it don’t look much better. There are some hemlock struggling to hang on, between the years of drought and the adelgid infestations.

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One last look. I wonder if this tree captivates you as much as it does me, or if you have to see it in person?