BUT, my new visitors (a number of earth worms) to my roof-extension (terrace) garden, whom I discovered with Juan V this past Saturday (when we were de-winterizing), aren't laughing at Larsen's "message;" for they know that they are not "lowly!"
Instead, they are tooting their horns much in the way their representative, a newbie to my indoor succulent garden (pictured here), is doing!
The cause for my worms' celebration? They know their value to the "things" I fertilize (organically) in my garden as stated on Organic Gardening's web page: "The pale red garden earthworm is often called 'nature's plow.' That's because an earthworm pushes through soft earth with the point of its head. If the soil is hard, the worm eats its way through, forming interconnected burrows, some several feet deep."
This will be the first time I've composted in my garden, so Juan V and I were delighted to see SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many earth worms as we de-winterized my garden; after all, "in cold weather, a soil search will turn up mature and young earthworm," and indeed we had a cold winter in NYC, but if such a winter brought forth the little plowers, everything I grow will be happy, providing I get the knack of composting, which hopefully I will do to the accompaniment of one worm that toots his horn!
Please stay tuned for my adventures in composting and feel free to share yours!"
Unfortunately, soon after the aforementioned posting that I had on TLLG's Facebook Page, I learned that I had been given the wrong type of composter for my garden! The style/model which I had was for indoors! Since I have no room for a composter anywhere in my apartment, I am in the process of researching methods to weather proof the one Juan V helped me assemble on March 9th 2013, if, dear reader, you are familiar with methods on how I might do this, please leave them in the comments field below this posting. (A screen shot of the model I've procured is posted below):
And even though a mourning dove has targeted my composter as a landing spot, as seen below,
my composter has yet to work out! Be that as it may, a different style (orange niger) of bird feeder that I added to my garden (before Juan V's arrival) has been successful!
The feeder has diagonal openings so the food inside does not get wet during rain or snow and the birds can easily perch on its "screen!" It also has a small "landing spot," where birds can hang out more easily in my garden as evident by a dark-eyed junco taking advantage of my new "restaurant" in the image below.
Another image of a dark-eyed junco "partaking" in this feeder was featured on TLLG's FB Page on March 8th 2013. In both the FB image and the one here, the feeder is shown where I had initially placed it — in the "arms" of my Continus Coggygria (AKA Smokey Bush, Royal Purple, or 'Grace'), and if you'd like to see this placement in relation to the composter, please refer to the image posted below.
It is the same aerial image featured earlier in this post, but on this one I've added an aqua arrow to indicate the placement of the orange niger feeder. The yellow arrow is pointing off-camera to the area where the house-style hopper feeder (seen in the third image of this posting) hangs when it is not snowing, and a close-up of this is posted below.
The image above was also featured here on Blogger on March 2nd of 2013, which was my last posting prior to today's entry. Since that time, I've given the red-topped feeder seen here to a woman who works in my hood as she and her boyfriend have promised to feed birds that visit them.
But, as usual, I have digressed, and getting back to the orange niger feeder, one of my house finches (who had not visited my garden since the beginning of March) seemed to enjoy it, as evidenced by the photo-op posted below, where he seems to be posing alongside the orange niger feeder!
This image was first seen on TLLG's FB Page on March 12, 2013, three days after Juan V and I had "re-opened" my garden with our de-winterizing.
A couple more images of the house finches "interaction" with the orange niger feeder are posted below.
The positive response to the orange niger feeder prompted me to try the orange peanut-feeder variety.
I had been using a hunter green colored peanut feeder, and an array of visiting birds had enjoyed noshing from it. This is clearly indicated in a number of images on TLLG's Pinterest Boards and in pictures accompanying "stories" posted on TLLG's tumblr pages as well as here on Blogger including a post on bird feeding.
Moreover, a few photographs of some of my visiting birds noshing from the aforementioned hunter green feeder can be seen below.
Nonetheless, I opted to give this feeder to a woman who works at my parish as she has a garden and has never fed birds which visit it and I replaced my hunter green peanut feeder with the orange peanut feeder, a feeder designed by the same folks who produced my orange niger feeder. The orange peanut feeder can be seen in the images posted below where a lone tufted titmouse is checking it out!
And so as you can see, dear reader, the birds which visit my garden, and the things that grow in it were truly enjoying the days before the spring!
However on March 18th 2013, eleven days after Juan V and I had our extensive de-winterizing "task", snow fell again, "re-baptizing" everything that grows in my gardens including the "things" I featured in this post as seen in the images posted below.
|TULIP COULEUR CARDINAL'S FOLIAGE|
|CURLY SUE'S' FOLIAGE (INDICATED WITH ORANGE CIRCLE)|
|"REGULAR" CROCUSES' FOLIAGE|
|SAFFRON CROCUSES' FOLIAGE|
|A PAEONIA SUFFRUITICOSA BUD|
|ORANGE NIGER FEEDER|
|ORANGE PEANUT FEEEDER|
However, like the March 8th's snowfall, the aftermath was quick, with snow melting almost as quickly as it came and therefore Juan V and I were able to ring in spring on March 20th with our second day of work for the 2013 gardening season!
It was a fairly light working day and our "highlights" were placing my new feeders more strategically and re-stringing some lights which had been broken during Nemo, the February nor'easter which slammed parts of NYC and destroyed some "things" in my garden!
The fruits of Juan V's and my first-day-of-spring labor may be seen in the following aerial photo-op taken by Juan V.
As you can see (in the lefthand side of this image), the orange feeders have been secured to my "urban hedge;" this feeder "placement/installation" was done by Juan V, and he also helped me replace the broken lights (indicated by a white arrow) which "drape" the rim of a stand that supports the container housing my Avellana corylus (AKA Contorted Hazel Nut).
And the image posted below,
which is another aerial view Juan V took on the first day of spring, depicts the resiliency of a number of "things" which I grow here! "ONE" is referencing my Rubus calycinoides (AKA Creeping Raspberry), "TWO" is referencing my Paeonia suffruiticosa (AKA Tree Peony), "THREE" is referencing my "normal crocuses," and "FOUR" is referencing the "home" of my Creeping Jenny, Muscari and also my Autumn Clematis.
The double sided arrow is indicating how the various tulip families seem to be bouncing back from all the unexpected March snow, while the single sided arrow is indicating a feeder which I hope hummingbirds will visit; for, as you may recall, dear reader, I made a serious attempt to "accommodate" the hummingbirds in 2012!
And as for the musician (pictured at the top of today's blog entry), he is still playing tunes in my succulent garden to welcome in spring, and the "folks" and "creatures" who visit it, and who can be seen in photo-ops below,
photo-ops that have been featured in a "story" on tumblr, are all in agreement re spring as they are chanting, "Spring! Bring it On! Let the Spring Season Begin!"
A few others, seen in the images posted below,