I know you’ve all been waiting to hear about our robin and her nest from last month. Well here’s the rest of the story…
Mrs. Robin has even flown onto the patio while we are out there. Her instincts are so strong to take care of her babies that she has grown accustomed to us being there. Mr. Robin has also taken turns feeding the little ones. We look forward to seeing them learn to fly just out our back door. One other interesting note: we have figured out that the adults carry out the empty shells to make room in the nest for the growing baby birds. We had never thought of what happens to the shells until we saw them in their beaks flying away from the nest.
We have also been busy getting our garden ready for the season. Little Bundle and Brilliant are doing their part getting the compost from last season worked into the bed back in early May.
We planted heirloom tomatoes and peppers, basil, lettuce, kale, spinach, cucumbers, and carrots in the beds and pots. The strawberries and oregano are returning rather nicely.
Explorer has been continuing his year long tree study mentioned in the Handbook of Nature Study on the cottonwood. The first picture was taken April 18th, and you can see the flowers. The second photo was taken three weeks later on May 9th. Amazing!
He has discovered that our tree is a male tree. It can be identified by its red colored catkins.
Nearby is a female tree which has green colored catkins and then later produces the fruit. If you look real close, you can see the cotton-like seeds coming out of their pods.
Navigator has been busy working on a 4H project called “Away With Waste.” He has taken pieces of a friend’s old barn that is falling down and made it into a centerpiece using the directions from Old World Garden Farms. Then we collected some widemouth mason jars from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to pack them with her. Lastly we gathered some Dame’s Rocket growing wildly by the walking path to give it the finishing touch.
Spring is truly a wonderful time of year for us! It’s not too hot and humid yet so we can keep the windows open to the fresh air, the gentle breeze (sometimes), and lovely bird songs. I love to discover each knew flower that blooms and even though I love all flowers, I have to admit that I have a couple of favorites…peonies:)