Birds: Refilled the bird feeders and cleaned out the water bowls. The chipmunks have been getting rather bold lately, scurrying across the deck and hiding in the butterfly bush. The cats are loving the excitement (though I sense murderous thoughts as well).
Plants: Two more seedlings have appeared, this time in the sunflower pot. Woot! Also seeing more seedlings in the no-fertilizer deck planter.
I specifically chose flowers that would appeal to local wildlife, particularly the bees and the butterflies. Seems to have worked; we're definitely seeing more pollinators in the backyard.
If a bee lands on you, should you swat it away or remain still until it flies off? Asking as someone who's never been stung and would like to continue the streak.
Okay, cool. According to the San Diego Zoo, if a bee lands on you, stand still and let it fly away on its own. Don’t try to swat it away. Also, bees are pretty interesting.
Pruning: Deadheaded some of the marigolds. Will be removing the dead parsley, catnip and chocolate mint next.
Weather: Currently 71F and muggy. Low 69F, High 83F. Dark Sky says it's going to be mostly cloudy and overcast but it's pretty freakin' sunny this morning. Time to barbecue!
Birds: Refilled the bird feeders and cleaned out the water bowls. Today, I've seen the cardinal couple, a blue jay, a hawk, a red-breasted robin and a bunch of simple brown and grey birds (tits?). Add in all the squirrels and chipmunks and I sense these feeders will be empty in 24 hours.
Plants: Two more strawberries have appeared. More red geraniums are blossoming in the front urn. The dark sky petunias seem to be getting whiter. Weird.
Water: Watered all of the plants, inside and out. Hot weather is coming.
Weather: Currently 59F. Low 56F, High 87F. Fog in the morning and partly cloudy the rest of the day. Temperatures are rising. What the hell happened to spring????
Plants: Two small buds have finally appeared in the dirt from the seedlings I planted last week. They're wee, but damn it, they're there.
This is such a huge victory for me. I really had no expectation that anything would grow from seed, particularly after spending the past week staring at containers filled with dirt. But now, I have hope.
Weather: Currently 47F. Low 54F, High 73F. Light rain overnight and in the morning (no need to water today!). Overcast, mostly cloudy for the rest of the day.
Birds: Refilled the bird feeders and cleaned their water receptacles. Was immediately rewarded with visits to both stations.
Hooks: So far, the hanging planters I filled with flowers seem to be doing well. I'm kind of shocked, actually.
Plants: The catnip in the patio planter is kaput. So is the chocolate mint. The tomatoes and the basil are looking really wilty, even though they're in full sun. May give them some calcium tomorrow from my eggshell fertilizer.
Pruning: Deadheaded the geraniums in the front urn. More blossoms seem to be ready to emerge.
Water: Watered all of the plants in the backyard.
Weather: Currently 55F. Low 46F, High 68F. Partly cloudy. Cool breeze.
Birds: I replaced the water in the sunflower. Area wildlife have also enjoyed the backyard water reservoir.
Plants: We have a strawberry, people! An actual strawberry! I am the queen of the garden!
Okay, back to reality.
The giant catnip plant I divided and put in the deck planter has collapsed. Will replace soon with catnip I grew in the basement which seems to be doing better since I put it outside. Still managed to snag a few slightly wilted leaves off the original plant and fed them to the cats. They were thrilled.
Since one of the chocolate mint plans has withered and died, I went ahead and replaced it with violas I grew from seed in the basement. Also planted a whole mess of violas in a green planter. We'll see if they do a little better.
Also planted four dark red geraniums and the tall, white bleeding heart into the Moroccan urn. It's really pretty -- the embodiment of romance -- and will look even better when it's twin arrives.
Pruning: I pruned back the lettuce and herbs in the Aerogardens. They were either dying or yellowing.
Water: Outside, I watered butterfly bushes (must keep them moist until the new pots arrive) and the remaining creeping jenny. Everything else looked good. Inside, I feed and topped up all of the Aerogardens.
Weather: Currently 78F. Low 43F, High 84F. What the heck happened to spring??? Clear. No precipitation.