It's time to start the Spring cleaning!
Normally we would have everything tidied up by this time
but with all the storms, well ... it just didn't happen.
The court yard gets covered with leaves, twigs and
those long seeds that look like someone crocheted them.
Then we'll have to repaint BBQs and do a little fountain
work. The liner finally wore through so it will be a
good chance to really clean it out.
It looks like the fire pit will need some paint as well.
It's great to have a place to throw leaves and other debris
then light it and warm up for a few minutes.
I think we'll be here tonight, sitting with our goat raising
friends and finding out how everything is going.
It's supposed to be pretty cool tonight so the fire will feel good.
Shrubs are blooming now, attracting bees and
early moths and butterflies.
The peony's looked pretty good until the storm
on Wednesday. Now they are doing what peonys
normally do when they get tossed about.
Laying down! Last year I staked them and it helped a lot.
I love the bee balm. We have two types:
one is a short version and the other must be wild
because it's very tall. It always attracts lots of insects.
I've never tried making tea with it, I'll have to read up.
Now that I'm fairly confident we aren't having any
immediate threats of hail, I added the topper to the
bird bath. It always looks nice with the iris
but the cats would prefer it left on our porch,
better to balance and drink from that way.
I just love the mama bird feeding her baby.
This used to be our camper.
Now the roof failed and my husband says it not worth saving.
I wish I could convert it into some type of potting shed
(or a house for the cats!!)
I'm not very talented in construction and the husband says
No, he won't do it, it's too far gone.
The trees that line the driveway have some
strange growths on them. I don't think it's good.
I've seen the larva on this plant.
Not sure what to do but pick them off.
Our hostas have really loved all the rain,
so has the ground covering that trails over the stones.
This is one of the yucky culprits.
More on this later but I've seen three types of
caterpillars this year and they are out of control!
I guess a good, wet spring will do that for you,
last season we went from winter to a summer drought
so the only pests we had were squash bugs.
This year I think I'm in for it!
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