First flowers herald plum blossoms

First flowers are opening everywhere. The first forsythia. The first periwinkle. The first tulips. Even the first white puff of the cloud of craziness that the plum tree is preparing to unfold. Yesterday, while I was outside admiring the flowers, a downy woodpecker came to visit the feeders  It flew almost directly at me, only […]

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Unsunny forsythia

Note to self: If you’re ever in a position to do a fresh planting of forsythia (as opposed to inheriting the previous owner’s shrub placement decision), and if you wish to avoid such a half-hearted display of flowers not even sufficient to conceal the sparrows on the branches from cats and hawks — make sure […]

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