A Bat in the Chimney

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2016 in Critters, Garden |

I keep swinging back and forth on the Wildlife issue. On one hand, I talk of how I’m purposely neglecting my garden in order to encourage the presence of Wildlife. On the other hand, Wildlife keeps overstepping its bounds. Perhaps you recall that squirrels have recently destroyed one of our screens. Remember, too, that a woodpecker has […]

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A Further Case for Neglect

Posted by mrssmythe on August 23, 2016 in Critters, Garden |

This was how my bleeding heart plant looked this past spring. And, this is how my bleeding heart looks now. Yes – it’s has “faded” some, hasn’t it. Normally, at this point, I cut it back. But, this year, we have a family of sparrows living in the front yard. The babies sit in the sun […]

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“Benign Neglect”

Posted by mrssmythe on August 17, 2016 in Critters |

Pepper met this little guy on the back patio the other day. I was so glad to see a frog back in residence. I hadn’t seen any by the pond this summer, and it concerned me. When I tried to come up with a reason for their absence, I thought perhaps my overzealous gardening was to blame. Normally […]

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The Bird Seed Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on July 30, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

Last week, I finally got around to planting my window box. I found some impatiens on sale at the garden store, popped them into my container and thought I was good to go. Imagine my surprise when, several days later, I noticed the window box looking nothing like what I remembered. The impatiens were looking straggly, […]

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Turkeys on Parade

Posted by mrssmythe on July 13, 2015 in Critters |

A surprising afternoon in a couple of ways….The first being a heavy rain shower that hit just as I was finishing up the lawn. The second being a family of wild turkeys that paraded through the front yard shortly afterward. At first, we thought there was only one. And then, suddenly, there were five babies on the driveway and two […]

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