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Walking my old little dog around the neighborhood, now that she has slowed down, I notice all the details on plants and animals as I walk by: the regular chatter of crows vs jays overhead; hummingbirds and bees visiting every flower; the smell of jasmine or roses by the walkway. I hope to include winter jasmine once I have a little greenhouse attached to the front of my future wofati, earthship-style, to enjoy it every day.
 
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Mike Barkley wrote:This area has at least one nesting pair of wild turkeys. As well as these wild iris??? that appeared on their own.


I think the flowers may be gladioli.  Certainly a beautiful thing to appear of it's own accord.  Are these native to you, or do you think they've escaped?
 
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Grass greener on MY side of the fence because of the wood chip pile.
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Thanks Nancy. Now that you mentioned it I do think that's what they are. Whatever they are I'm fairly sure they're native. If they escaped from somewhere they almost had to be brought in by birds. There's a book I can look them up in tomorrow morning. I'm seeing a few more appear every day!!!
 
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Nine baby ducks walking across the yard.
 
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Going down the hill to check on the spring flowers and finding your owl toy.
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Blueberries.

They are finally ripe. I learned more about the history of the huge trees I showed here previously. They were planted by a hermit who lived here for many years after WW2. He was the original organic gardener in this area. He did some research & realized blueberries would grow well here. There were none around at that time. He planted those trees. Every blueberry in several nearby counties were started from cuttings from those trees. They even grow wild now. A neighbor started a large commercial operation with 300 acres of them.
 
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Slopping around in the mud to finally get all the eggplants planted. Then celebrating with a cajun spiced smoked duck omelette. YUM!
 
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A friend brought me a zucchini plant, as she didn't have room for it, and when I went to plant it, I pulled back some mulch to give me room there was a young garden snake who just looked at me and casually slid away.
 
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Having planted several fruit trees a few years ago, and finally seeing every one of them bearing fruit together for the first time (just in time to move - HA!):

The Babcock Peach, favorite of the birds:


The DELICIOUS Strawberry Guava finished flowering and fruit starting to emerge:


The Bacon Avacado trying its best:


The Garden Delight Nectarine:


The vigorous, 10' tall, Panache Fig:


and the Pomegranate Wonderful:


Fingers and toes are crossed that fruit remains a month from now, returning from the events!
 
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... meeting a large prehistoric looking orange & black beetle that seemed to want to be friends.

... discovering a few more piles of wood debris from hurricane Katrina. Perfect hugel food now!!!
 
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Howdy,
takin a little time to read jokes here on permies, and it's %&$&*& hrs later!
 
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Went into town yesterday to get cell phone coverage. Missed a turn on the way home & got a little lost. Couldn't find a good place to stop & dig up my gps until I saw this beast. Whee.
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Yesterday I went hiking in a place where I've been many times, and "had a feeling" I'd find something. I found a.... conglomeration of water snakes sunning themselves on the banks of a stream. Got to ID a kind of snake I've never seen before, my mother (who has been hiking there dozens of times) saw her first snakes there, and my kid the biologist had a literal field day.

(no pics, but just imagine a lot of warm, happy brown northern water snakes and some happy people in the woods)
 
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Meeting a photogenic gopher tortoise. They are a threatened & endangered species. Now I live in their preferred habitat so they are not all that unusual to see. They usually don't want to pose for pictures. This one was very friendly.

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That first cup of very strong, black coffee sitting on the front porch of my shop early in the morning...
 
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Today I drove out to the Rodale Institute (on the recommendation of a Permie) and got to spend some quality time with quality chickens, pigs, pollinators, soil life, and other dirt fans like myself. It's a bit early in the year for produce and gardens but the grounds were beautiful and it was a nice day out.
 
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This spider caught a squash bug, yeah!
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Goodies in my garden:
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Looking out the window, while drinking my morning coffee, to see my sweet, beautiful, truly free, free-range buck, basking in the morning sun, enjoying his life.
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Flying baby fish & meat eating plants. Whee!
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Happy morning cuddles from my 6 month old pup who has finally done away with crazy puppy biting.

Sitting on a sun-warmed bench in the back yard just taking in the morning while said pup has a good sniff around.

Hanging out with my hens while they free range before bedtime. Laughing while they peck my toenails, bracelet, rivets on my jeans, or anything else that's shiny.
 
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Having the mosquito population calm down a bit so I could do some yard work, chat with a neighbor, harvest lunch, and not "donate" a pint of blood in the process has made today a nice day.
 
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Discovered that spruce cones are truly beautiful when green.  My yard is flanked by spruces, but I have never seen the green cones up close since they grow so high.  The train platform where I commute now is at crown level to a spruce, so I get to enjoy these beauties.
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Picking more blackcurrants than I can use in just a few hours (some for sale to local restaurant, some for me, some for the shop customers and some left for the birds).  
The raspberries also seem much better ratio of good berries compared to jam quality this year.  I only picked for half an hour today, but they're coming ripe nicely.  Hope the weather holds for a bit longer!
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Not Pinkalicious but pink things still make me happy: ladybug, pumpkin or wildflowers
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Flowering lily pads.

Marsh Mallows. Not to be confused with marshmallows.

Hernando De Soto led an expedition through here in 1540. He brought pigs to feed his people. Some of the pigs escaped. That was the start of pigs on this continent. The odds are high these are direct descendants of those original pigs. They can cause massive amounts of damage. They taste good too. I consider them both a blessing & a curse. These 5 got a little too close to one of my bee hives & have been damaging a lawn. Now they are on ice & will be roast pork this weekend. The big hog mamma jamma was still in the woods. I heard it. She wasn't happy. It will either move deeper into the woods or be the guest of honor at the cookout. Plenty of room for the whole Oinker family.
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Opened my front door this morning to find a hummingbird hovering right there at eye level looking at me as if to say hello.
 
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I saw a black snake look at me, think on it, then move totally in reverse, i have never seen a snake do reverse, I've seen  them move backwards, but this one just looked like he was sitting there, while going back to where he came from, no movement on his front at all. Weird!

And tossing dinner in the solar cooker on a hot day!
 
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Checked my few hazelnut trees that were producing nuts this year and found the first that are starting to ripen up.  Gotta harvest them before the critters do!
 
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Eating my first ripe homegrown blueberry (variety Patriot).
I thought there were none - the birds (or mice?) had them green, but they missed two.  The other is still green, but has my husband's name on if: it makes it!
 
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This tiny toadstool in the grass gave me pleasure this morning - so delicate it is transparent.
 
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Of all the endangered wildlife over here I am most fascinated by amphibes.
So I was overjoyed when we discovered a little frog on our allotment (which has some veggie beds and lots of wild growth of all sorts). My husband is now making a tiny pond for him/her on the spot where he likes to linger. I do hope he stays around until next spring and brings along all his friends for some froggy parties.
The other allotment keepers are constantly mowing and trimming grass with an army of electric appliances and tractors so he will need some luck to escape those.
 
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Anita's post reminded me of a visit to a friend. She's got a pot of carnivorous plants on her patio table, and a little green tree frog has been living there and in a neighboring pot. Clearly it figures there's good eating to be had - the plants give off smells that attract flies, and Froggie gets in on the action!  I got a big smile the day she sent me a photo of the frog in front of the Pitcher Plant looking totally content with the little ecosystem my friend had created for it!
 
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Lawn melons. This was a spot that had a small pile of garden soil left over from last year. This year I removed most, spread the rest around & planted a few things there.

Lawn cowpeas. A couple weeks ago I piled some shells there after harvesting them. These volunteered the next week.

This butterfly enjoying some lantanas.
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It's been a hot humid day today, so it was a pleasure this afternoon to have a thunderstorm roll through and be able to step out into it letting the rain run down over me to cool off.
 
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Today's simple pleasure was using my new solar cooker for the first time to successfully cook up some vegan potstickers.  Well technically it's the second time since I tried yesterday late in the day, but ran out of sun!
 
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My just getting their flight feather young ducks were having a snuggle nap under the maple tree...
My son wondered which head belonged to which duck?
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Dis sweet little face:
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Ziggy Moon (almost 4mos old)
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