Its 6:00 AM and a chilly 62 degrees. The hummingbirds are hungry and waiting for me to put out the feeders.
Unfortunately I can no longer keep the feeders out at night because of the family of Raccoons that has settled into our woods. In previous years a Raccoon or two would appear when the fruit in the orchard was ripe, but now they patrol our property every night and raid the hummingbird feeders if left outside. Oddly enough, they are nor interested in the compost bin which seems to be the domain of a young opposum. When we realised that our nightly visitor had to squeeze through a rather small area in the bin’s enclosure we cut a large enough space for easy access.
For a few weeks now I have the much appreciated help of Greg. He is a very busy college student who helps me out on his day off. This week he installed eight shrubs for me and I have to say that his work is just awesome. Of course Greg is also much appreciated by the furry members of our household.
The new shrubs Greg installed for me will be a wonderful addition to our landscape. They are Berberis “Sunjoy Golden Pillar” and Vibernum “Spiced Bouquet” purchased from Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery in Avalon Wisconsin. This is the first time I have ordered from this nursery and I am very pleased with the quality of the plants. I learned about them through the PBS show “In Wisconsin” and found their website www.songsparrow.com on the internet. I already have a long wish list for clematis, tree peonies and maybe a few exotic trees for a Spring planting next year.
This fall Greg will help me divide and relocate the abundance of day lilies blooming beside the house.