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May 22, 2021

Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, May 22 [KT]


Happy Saturday, everybody! There were some quotes from Don in Kansas in the Thread Before the Gardening Thread. The photo above is from one of his plant photo posts. Take a look and follow the link. Some of the photos are spectacular.


Perhaps we can ease into this "natural" thing with a little anthropomorphism courtesy of JT:


Here's some REAL nature:

This is a site of a bird meal, obviously, but what was interesting was the ID of the victim...

Broad Winged Hawk.

We do have a Red Shouldered Hawk family that raises its young every year here, so maybe that, or a fox, coyote, bobcat, etc....

MkY (Lost my AR)


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A Lurker sent in photos of a possible suspect:

We have been losing chickens to bobcats and coyotes so we built a fence. We were doing well until yesterday a bobcat snuck in there and got one.

There's a what I think is a mom and a juvenile hanging around. The bobcat was at my back door about two weeks ago.

My husband cornered the bigger bobcat inside the chicken coop and he's lucky that cat didn't attack him. He said it was huge, about 35 pounds . . .

They're beautiful creatures.

Probably Mom, caught on a stealthcam:



The juvenile?


Illiniwek sent in some photos reminding us that nature is about more than food, from around his pond:

A pair of geese are guarding three eggs by the pond.

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And the blue herons apparently hatched out at least one, this is a juvenile on my dock

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An adult, nice early morning light.

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Does it make you envious of Illiniwek to see these photos of his place?

Speaking of ponds: gardening and farming are partly about domesticating nature. Here, Larro snaps a photo of his SIL's pet cat.

Fish, that is.


Yeah, it rained 4" after I parked, and I had to get out through the standing water.... I got stuck big time!! 6 wheel drive diesel dually spinning and sinking! Had to call out my brother's John Deere.

Last week there was some discussion of solving the world's problems while driving a tractor. Here is this week's tractor photo.


Thinking about getting some land? Or a tractor?


We have ripe Apriums. They are good-sized this year. Not a real heavy crop, which is probably why they are big. A little tangier than a good, sweet apricot, with a slightly different flavor and texture. But they look just like apricots.

AZ deplorable moron sent mater photos from the place he is leaving, plus more:

Here are the last pictures I'll take of this year's tomatoes.

We lost one to the birds today. It wasn't ripe but some bird tore a hole in it, now the rest are netted.

And a picture of a Jojoba (foreground), saguaros, figs, date palms, and pomegranate at the new place.

These are not in the 'garden' area, that area has raised beds.




I am impressed by that view! And fig, date palm and pomegranate! Waiting to hear about the jojoba.

Anybody else making progress with tomato plants?


We are catching up on our photos of spring flowers. From April:

Here's a pic of my teacup magnolia in full bloom. We're supposed to get a hard freeze this week and that'll be the end of the blooms. Also, ignore all those little yellow flowers on the lawn!

-Duke Lowell


Beautiful. Those freezes always come at the wrong time.

But these are recent photos:

It's still very early for us in Alaska, but our primrose are blooming with patches of snow in the yard! Couple pics attached of our Drumstick and an unknown Primrose. Love the early bloomers to let us know summer is on the way.

Jerry in Alaska

Other Primrose May 2021.JPG

Anyone know what species of primrose this is?

Drumstick Primrose May 2021.JPG

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