April 29, 2016

Helping the Birds Feed Their Babies

Re-hydrated Meal Worms 
If you have read my blog for any length of time you know that I feed meal worms to the birds all year (see these posts: Meal Worms in the Basement and Blue Bird Treat DIY Project ). I often resort to freeze dried worms when my supply of live worms is not enough. Now that the birds are feeding babies, I noticed that the freeze dried meal worms are hard for them to carry back to the nest. They tend to break when the birds try to gather several in one trip. I wondered if I could re-hydrate the worms and make them soft so the birds could carry more at a time. I filled a mason jar full of dry worms, poured boiling water in the jar to cover the worms. Put in in the refrigerator until most of the water was absorbed. I drained out the left over water and sure enough - wiggly worms! (picture above)

I kept them in fridge to be sure they didn't go bad. The birds were able to carry several at a time with out breaking and dropping the worms.  

April 15, 2016

It's Time for Hummingbirds!

Humming birds return to my upper Middle Tennessee back yard on April 15 every year! Actually we saw out first one on April 14 last year. We can count on them every year.

Put your feeders out now! I always put mine out about a week before their expected return just in case a few "early birds" pardon the pun, come scouting out the yard.

See this post for more info on feeding hummers and feeders.

April 8, 2016

Plant of the Month Dwarf Iris

Iris cristata: Crested Iris  is a native wild flower. It is not invasive (at least it isn't in my shady backyard) and easily pulled out and moved around. It grows about 6 inches tall and spreads over time to make a nice ground cover. Flowers can be pale blue, purple or white. All mine are blue. I have a patch of white ones but the flower is a little different and it blooms later - I think it is a different cultivar all together

I have moved it with me every time I have bought a new house. It is very happy near the path and under the trees in the back garden. Most of my wildflower collection is located in this spot under the big oak trees. I sometimes have these Iris plants for sale in my Mimi's Greenhouse weekend sales.

March 27, 2016

I Skipped Church this Easter...

The garden path as viewed from my swing
Left my seat for one of those people who only attend once a year. :-)   I took my tea cup and Bible to the porch swing. Read the Resurrection Story from all four Gospels. I didn't remember the little differences in each one's account.

Bill is a Deacon at our church so he had to attend to help with seating, etc. I had the house and yard all to myself. The birds sang praises, the spring flowers were dressed in their Easter best. The Hellebore are all blooming and the Rhododendron is putting on a show!  A great Horned Owl flew into the tree right near where I was sitting. Crows had chased him there and they chased him away too. It was a rare treat to see one that close in the daytime. The wren bird hopped into her nest in the corner of the porch roof. She didn't mind that I was there at all. I always feel close to God on my porch swing. It is one of the few places I can let things go and just sit!

Staying home from church on Easter is not a new thing for me. Honestly, I rarely go on Easter. I don't like what it has become...new clothes, church crowded with people who think it's their duty to go ... it's a good thing that some of them hear the gospel for the first time. I  celebrate the Resurrection every day! Thank God for that empty tomb! Thank God for the true Passover Lamb - Jesus! My sins are covered with His blood and I will spend eternity with Him in heaven.

I'll be back in my pew next Sunday and I''ll be there Wednesday night for our really cool Bible Study discussion class but today it was just me and Jesus.