I have pondered which is to be preferred: A brand new home on a bare lot with a perfectly clean palette on which to create your own gardens just the way you want. Or to take over an established garden with shape and design, the hard and expensive work done, trees, shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials planted, a mature lawn, and gardens shaped and planted. Such is the Garden Spot, but it seems that we are spending our gardening energy undoing what the previous 4 owners did to the Garden Spot, trying to make it our own. Today we removed the evergreen spreaders in the front of the house and then dug up the 7 cedar trees on the patio. Now I have two fresh palettes to plan and plant. We transplanted the trees to the back of the property where we are trying to create more of an nature habitat. One at Onez asked her followers what they would be doing this week-end to celebrate World Environment Day. I would like to think that for gardeners every day is dedicated to the environment as we do our best to improve our bit mother earth. For us here at the Garden Spot, we find our joy in the habitats that we are trying to create.
Before our work began, I spent quite a bit of time taking pictures of these little warblers that were feeding on one of the snowball bushes on the north side of the house. I spied them from the bathroom window, so the pictures are not as sharp as they should be. We will have to dig out the snowballs bushes, for, as you can see, they are rather diseased. Non-the-less, the bushes seem to attract the little warblers. I also "chased" a bullock's oriole all day, but couldn't seem to get a decent picture. Once we spotted the orioles at the feeder, we put out grape jelly and orange wedges. One male kept returning, but I just couldn't get a good picture.
|A female Virginia warbler (vermivora virginia), one of the little warblers that migrates through northern Colorado, feasting on a snowball bush.|
|Her companion. He is quite colorful. I took these two pictures out of the bathroom window|
|Well, that wasn't so bad, was it? A clean slate now.|
|Clementas that is hidden behind the bush. It is supposed to grow to the top of the trellis.|
|Now for the Seven Sisters.|
These cedars have been transplanted to the back of the acreage where we are trying to create more of a bird habitat. And that is how we recognized World Environment Day at the Garden Spot, something that we try to do each day.