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January Blooms and a birdhouse abuser

  We are having a string of warmer and dry days this week. Just in time for a new deck (more on that later). I did a walk-about yesterday and noticed several blooms - Arctostaphylos ' Sunset' (Manzanita) Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrops)   Hellebore 'Merlin' And something not so pleasing - I discovered a birdhouse that was just put up last fall now looks like this! - This has happened before so I wasn't completely surprised. I posted this photo to a local birding group and got a multitude of answers but most of them stated that it is likely a squirrel. That makes sense as we have a lot of them. Flickers and woodpeckers was also a common answer. That would be a possibility but I only see flickers and woodpeckers at our feeders periodically so I don't know. I was advised to attach a metal ring around the hole.   Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Tree Peony "Kamatanishiki"

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. The so called landscaper I hired a few years back moved mine from the corner of the house to close to the front door. It has had pitiful blooms every since. I hoped the pouting was over with this year, but it's not. I'm not sure what I need to do to bring it back to its former beauty. Mary

  2. Beautiful. I love peonies..have several that are swelling with buds now. Just planted some Itoh peonies and am awaiting their debut. Stunning photo. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh that is lovely! I have a similar colored one that is a single. It is blooming and so pretty right now. I bet yours is gorgeous when the whole bunch is blooming.


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