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  •  hummingbird & bees for us (3+ / 0-)
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    PHScott, burnt out, Polly Syllabic

    don't have photos, but saw our first hummer in several weeks, out back in the flowering quince, hurrah! the feeder (cane sugar water, NOT CORN SYRUP!!) appears to be fairly deserted this time of year, or else we're just not up as early as they are, 8-)

    we also have Italian Rosemary (ginormous things co-planted with roses), narcissus, violets, the quince, sugar pod peas, the Japanese maple, maybe the street maple, last of my daphne, and a few really ragged daffodils in bloom. can't see hardly anything around the rhodies, but the bees & flyers apparently can, also a couple of other landscape greens that I don't remember the name of.

    dandelions are happy, but I'm hand-culling THEM. woodruff is budding, and apple tree is well into leafing out ('s OK, this is Willamette Valley OR).

    and the grafted, attempted-espaliered apple has a couple of branches developing blossoms too. poor thing, turns out it doesn't get enough sun where we put it (?); it has been setting fruit for a couple of years, but teh tree-rats have gotten them all! if we were staying, we'd move it and/or build it a non-squirrel cage!

    AND we've spotted our skeeter-eaters, gambujia tiny fishes in the back pond, that winter in the deep spot and eat mosquito larvae for us all summer! it's always an event to spot the first ones, so you know they survived the hibernation! wish we had resident froggies, but probably too much pesticides on lawns between our pond and the "ditch". oh well, we can sure hear them, 8-)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 06:05:51 PM PDT

    •  I got goldfish, 11 of them, (2+ / 0-)
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      burnt out, Polly Syllabic

      they live in an old tub I sunk in the ground. There were tadpoles the year before but now I figure the fish would eat any eggs. And everything else that falls in.

      •  We have gold fish in our biggest yard pond, (3+ / 0-)
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        PHScott, JayDean, Polly Syllabic

        thirty or more from fry size to six inches, plus two Koi about ten inches long. I don't know how many tadpoles get eaten every year but I know even with all the fish we still raise a heck of lot of frogs and toads in there too. We also have two smaller fishless ponds and the fish pond seems to produce as many frogs as the fishless ones do. Can't explain why, but that's what we see here.

        Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

        by burnt out on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 07:28:47 PM PDT

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        •  only time we ever tried koi, the raccoons got 'em. (1+ / 0-)
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          burnt out

          which set us off on the great "keep raccoons out of the pond/back yard" hunt. solved eventually by a little electric wire on top of the 6' fence (that was already there).

          it's not perfect, but the local racc's are WAY too chubby to get UNDER the fence and are not jumpers -- they're smart enough to figure out they could climb something and jump IN over the fence, but would, apparently, never be able to jump back OUT. unlike the squirrels who don't notice the wire at all; or the neighborhood cats, if we don't keep climbable landscraping back far enough from the house roof...

          also keeps out the local possums! (blinkety-blank Okies or whoever who imported those from the South for sport-hunting! well, I guess it wasn't probably technically Dust-Bowl OKies, happened a lot earlier than that, I think -- right, 1910-20's)

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 01:45:34 PM PDT

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