With the arrival of Spring on February 1, the first cross quarter day, Imbolc, of the Celtic year, we here at MuRefuge have noticed much wildlife (foxes, raccoons, possums, deer, birds and butterflies) activity. Dwight celebrated the arrival of Spring taking the pictures below, except the one of the California Pipevine and of course Laugh.
|The pair of resident foxes in the open space South of MuRefuge|
|Emptied chrysalis beneath the greenhouse vent|
|March, 2007, blooming California Pipevine (Aristolochia californica)|
While the below flowering shrubs are not nectar for the Pipevine Swallowtail, the resident Anna's Hummingbirds can be seen drinking their fill from these two flowers.
|Fushsia flowering Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum)|
|Blooming ‘Lutsko’s Pink’ (Arctostaphylos. densiflora X|
|Coast Silktassel 'Evie' (Garrya elliptica)|
This gorgeous Silktassel picture was taken before the recent wimpy rains occurred. There was just enough rain and wind to tarnish the vibrancy of the blooms.
To limit the snails and slugs in the backyard, aka Rose's running space, while Rose is napping in the afternoons, the ducks have free range of the area. They seem to love to rest beneath the swing. The tangles behind the swing have now been drastically pruned back. The Twinberry, Red twig Dogwood and Spice Bush hedgerow has been slowly creeping Northward since the initial planting in the mid90's. This is the first time such drastic pruning has taken place which opens up ground space. Seeds from Red Fescue (Festuca rubra) this Summer will be gathered and started in Todd planters then planted out next Fall. Perhaps a couple of Wood Roses will be added too. For enjoyment later this Spring native annuals already sprouting in Todd planters will reside in the space.
Please share your Spring experiences while you
|MuRefuge's resident female Indian Runners|
the youngest Chocolate duck in now giving us 1 egg a day