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Garden Open Days

As part of the Hardy Plant Society's Open Gardens program , our garden will be open on the following dates. If you are not a member of HPSO (and I encourage you to do so!), contact me personally for an appointment. Sunday, May 29 - 10-4 Sunday, June 5 - 10-4 Monday, June 6 - 10-4 Saturday, June 11 - 10-4 (part of the West Clark County Mini Tour consisting of five additional gardens in the area)

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

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