John Clare, 1835
I love at eventide to walk alone
Down narrow lanes o'erhung with dewy thorn
Where from the long grass underneath- the snail
Jet black creeps out & sprouts his timid horn
I love to muse o'er meadows newly mown
Where withering grass perfumes the sultry air
Where bees search round with sad & weary drone
In vain for flowers that bloomed but newly there
While in the juicy corn the hidden quail
cries "wet my foot" and hid as thoughts unborn
The fairy-like and seldom-seen land rail
Utters "craik craik" like voices underground
Right glad to meet the evenings dewy veil
& see the light fade into glooms around
- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- GARDEN UPDATE
- LURE BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GOODIES~DISAPPEARING BIRD FEEDER
Well, the much promised rain and cold weather has arrived and as I sit here typing this in front of a roaring fire, the sun is playing hide and seek with the sprinting clouds.
God gave me a day off from watering and I am taking advantage of it to work on the computer, inside where it is nice and warm. Hoping that wherever you are, that you, too, are nice and warm.
LURE BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN
Birds are remarkable easy to lure into your garden and will provide endless hours of pleasure in watching them cavort, play, feed, bathe and raise their young.
To lure the birds, you must think like a bird! What is it that birds need to survive? Food, water, shelter and a place to raise their young.
We also provide nesting materials for our birds to raise their young. We use left over dog hair after we groom the dogs, small pieces of left over yarn, dryer lint, the cotton in medicine bottles, etc. We offer it in an open birdbox, where they can fly in and pick it off or sometimes we merely stick it in the tree branches for them to find.
Feed is also very important. Many people do not realize that different birds eat different foods. Smaller birds, like songbirds, for example, love thistle or niger seed. There is wild bird food, sunflower seeds, suet, etc, all for an assortment of birds. Check the bag for types of birds that the feed you have chosen appeals to.
We will be profiling hummingbirds on another blog, so we won't address them today. Be sure not to miss our GARDEN GOODIE today, which is the Disappearing Bird Feeder.
(2) Tablespoons of chunky peanut butter
wild bird food
Take your bagel half and spread the peanut butter on it. Dip, peanut butter side down on a bowl of wild bird food. Flip over and you will see all the bird food stuck to the peanut butter.
Use the hole in the bagel to stick onto a branch and watch your bird feeder disappear!