Monday, May 28, 2012

Twins: Sons and Daughters of Different Mothers

Here we go with one of our favorite games: 
finding twins born of different mothers.

Feel free to play along.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lilacs (or the promise of them)

Right now we have the lilac bushes in big pots on the deck.  When the back yard is cleared of ivy and blackberries we'll move them down to permanent locations, with good soil and steer manure.  

We didn't get many blooms this year, only two blues, and two of the double color (white & purple) but one bush gave us loads of a heavenly scented pink double flowers.  Two bushes did no flowering at all, but we saw the squirrels eating the buds off of one of them, so that could be a factor.  The bastards.

Double blue

Double pink

 Deep purple with white edges

 See all the ivy climbing the tree trunk in the background just to the right of the flowers?  That's the type of stuff we're trying to get rid of.  That and the wild blackberries.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


This is our suet feeder on Squirrel.  
Those bastards. 

This is the battle rejoined: 

A cylinder, with ends.  A suet feeder within a cage. 
JoAnne at Wild Birds Unlimited in 
Lake Forest Park Town Center  
says the woodpeckers can still use it 
by hanging on underneath, 
which is what we wanted the original for, woodpeckers and flickers.
The little birdies can hop inside the cage 
and nosh away.