The yellow-shafted flicker starts drumming in my back yard at about 5:48 a.m. this time of year. Last year his instrument was the metal chimney stack on our roof, but this year he has discovered the birdhouse with a roof made from a Utah license plate. Read More
THE FARTHERMOST VIEW
March 21, 2016
With a heavy heart, I consigned my last Boston fern to the mid-March elements. Well, actually it was with a heart that was half heavy, half lightening up; those Boston ferns get mighty big, and while they’re great at making giant outdoor urns look Martha Stewarty, every year it’s gotten harder to find a cool place to stick them for the winter, and hard to get them there from the back yard. Read More
April 22, 2015
The other day I saw the first two honeybees of the spring in my front yard. They were examining a clutch of crocuses near the driveway; each of them hovered indecisively over the bright yellow and deep purple ones before diving into the striped purple and white ones for a long sip of nectar. Note to self: plant more striped crocus bulbs next fall.
March 24, 2015
I glanced out the window this morning just as a fox came out of my neighbor’s driveway. Without stopping to look either right or left, he trotted across the street and disappeared. It made my day. Read More