The English Ivy which covers my neighbors back yard trees bloomed earlier in the summer and now the berries are ripe.
Hundreds of birds are flocking to the feast! They will be feasting from dusk to dawn for a few days until the berries are gone. Unfortunately, the seeds pass through their digestive and germinate all over the garden. It’s a constant battle to pull the seedlings to prevent a complete take over.
The patio and sidewalks will be stained purple, too, from the birds berry-stained droppings. It’s an interesting bird watching time but I think I would rather have no English Ivy in the neighborhood!
Gus is 60 lbs of muscle which can wreck havoc on the new Spring growth and delicate leaves.
In an effort to guide him away from the perennial beds I use 2 foot tall temporary fencing. I place it along most beds but leave him areas as straight runs such as along the azaleas.
They are dark green so they blend in with the landscape once things leaf out and also provide support for those floppy day lilies.
If I didn’t do this simple step I would find this!
60 lbs of Gus on top of German irises!
I am not working today because I have had to finally purchase a new refrigerator. The large side-by- side which the previous owners purchased is not cooling all the time. Probably something with the thermostat, as I have to turn it to off then back on to encourage the compressor to come on!
Oh well, I have been in the house for 11 years and who knows how long ago the previous owners purchased it? It is way too large for a single person. I purchased a smaller refrigerator with an automatic ice maker and an Energy Star rating, too.
Since I am home and it’s is sunny and about 50f – out to the yard I go!
As I was collecting limbs and pinecones I came across some rabbit scat. I see the Eastern Cotton Tail almost daily. They love the thick shrubbery and tasty lawn grass and will nibble the liriope, too!
They sleep in a circle with their tails together. This is so they may make a quick escape but still keep each other warm!
Their night deposits are small piles of pellet-sized scat.
I know I have posted plenty pictures of the hellebores in the garden but they have bloomed all winter and are amazing!
Loads of limbs!
Lilacs are budding as are the forsythia and other Spring bloomers!
I love this little dog house at Target! But Gus is an indoor dog!
Did I mention that foxes are the new owls?