Shrew and Snail

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April 2008

Gardening

Back to the garden

I got back to work on the front bed, ripping up grass. I gave in to temptation and planted some of the natives in the bed, hopefully also keeping them from dying of neglect in their little plastic pots. Clockwise from front we have Blackfoot daisies, damianita, standing cypress, Gregg’s  ...

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Birdwatching Dogs

Ovenbird

It was nice to be in Houston over the weekend.  I found this little guy wandering around in a neighbor’s bushes.  It’s an ovenbird, who was caught in the front passing through Texas.  I took him to a safe, cat-free area to regain his strength and hopefully move on.  We did some  ...

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Dogs Gardening

If it’s not one thing…

I spent yesterday worrying about this one: April is probably about 13 or 14 years old; I’ve had her since 1998, and when I brought her home she was emaciated, had given birth to at least one litter of puppies, and was heartworm positive. She has been my loyal sidekick and protector, and  ...

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Gardening

Peachy!

Look! Peaches! Remember the flowers? Well, here is the fruit.  The tree is full of them; hopefully the birds and squirrels will leave us some. This is a bamboo plant that I bought at the Bamboo Festival at Zilker.  It’s variegated chino, and it’s been dormant all winter.  But look!  ...

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Cooking Gardening

Busting sod

1. Pulling up sod is not fun.  This little bed in the front yard is going to take a lot longer than expected!  And I have a feeling I am going to be recruiting my pickup-owning friends to haul some soil and decomposed granite; hauling in 10-gallon bags is not going to do the trick. 2.  I have  ...

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Dogs Gardening

Spring madness

It was a gardening weekend here at the homestead. Friday evening we went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center members’ night of the plant sale. I got plants for a new bed in the front yard: red columbine, Turk’s cap, damianita, bee brush, blackfoot daisy, Gregg’s dalea,  ...

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Uncategorized

Garden pests

I finished my application for the teacher certification program yesterday– the due date, of course. But how can you not put off silly essays til the last minute? I’m still ambivalent; there are some things I like about my job, and I’m scared of teaching. But I really do need a  ...

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