Be Warned: More Gushing About Plants, Birds, and Yards

I got absolute­ly filthy yes­ter­day! I can’t remem­ber when I’ve ever been that dirty, with real dirt. Maybe as a lit­tlun mak­ing mud pies?

Katie and I were plant­i­ng pret­ties in con­tain­ers and deploy­ing bird­feed­ers. By the time we col­lapsed into chairs on the patio, we had one heck of an audi­ence. The birds were very impa­tient to have us (and the cats) go back inside!

While I did wipe up the actu­al mud­dy foot­prints, I still need to mop the floors.

Most of the plants are in place on the back patio now. The three long planters need more drainage holes, but the plants will go in pret­ty quick­ly as soon as the holes are drilled. I need a few more hooks hung for hang­ing pots, too.

I real­ly, real­ly want stand­ing bird baths in front and back. I want the kind where the bowl comes off for clean­ing, though, so it does­n’t get all nasty. I’ve been promised a bird­bath hooked up to a water line and elec­tric­i­ty, so it will be heat­ed in the win­ter when the back deck is built 🙂

I saw a nifty keen bird­feed­er the oth­er day, too, but I’m too cheap to pay over $100 for it! In addi­tion to its nor­mal bird pan­der­ing pur­pose, it’s a solar-pow­ered light that comes on at dark.

I do believe we’ll add bat hous­es around the edge of the back­yard. If not this year, then next year.

The front porch plants are just sit­ting on that porch right now. Even with­out hav­ing them in their intend­ed con­tain­ers, the front porch looks 100% bet­ter than it did before. 

I want to hang more plants inside the house, as the cur­rent ones are thriv­ing and I get hap­py every time I look at them. I saw a gor­geous spec­i­men at Home Depot yes­ter­day, in a neat cedar pot. I’m going total­ly blank on the name of the plant. They have big, fleshy leaves, usu­al­ly a deep green col­or, and real­ly bright­ly col­ored things (not flow­ers, sta­mens?) com­ing out of the cen­ter. They def­i­nite­ly look very trop­i­cal. Bromeli­ad, maybe?

As love­ly as it was, it most cer­tain­ly was not worth the $35 price tag.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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