As promised, I am taking photos of my pollinator garden every month or so.
The “Uri” storm or as I called it “The Arctic Beast” pretty much took a terrible toll on the garden. I was very upset about it. I understand that nature has its own way.
The garden, along with so many animals and plants could not stand 10 days of freezing weather. Many were lost to it.
I and many others put out tons of extra bird seed. I know it helped some of the birds. I tried to keep water for them also. You have to do what you can.
So for the last couple of weeks, I have been trimming and cutting back all the dead plants in the garden. I’m using lots of love and TLC to bring it back for all the bees, birds, and butterflies that come to it. It has been a slow process.
But the very reason we try to get people to plant native plants is that they are tough and hard to kill. I am seeing green leaves and little buds everywhere. It makes me happy to see it and know that nature is very resilient.
The monarchs are still coming through now. I hope I will have something blooming soon for them. As Master Naturalists, we never give up trying to save our beautiful planet filled with amazing animals and a green paradise of plants.
As my favorite saying goes…
…we were not born to do everything, but to do something.
I was just going to show the monthly progress of my pollinator garden when the artic blast occurred. It was horrible. One of the things I dislike the most is COLD weather! It ruined the garden progress, along with our water well.
The damage to our wildlife friends was severe. Many birds did not make it through the freezing temperatures. That was very sad for me. I put out ten times the bird seed that I normally use. I hope it helped some of the birds make it through. Nature can be swift and harsh when it wants to, then forgiving and magical the very next day.
I guess it’s my age, but I always think of certain songs that seem to fit the moment and the mood. When the cold weather was on its third day or so, my mind went to “California Dreaming on such a winter’s day… ” Then when the cold was fading away I thought of John Lennon’s “Here comes the sun.”
Here are a few photos taken during the event.
I hope the photos I take next month are more cheerful.
If you have ever tried to photograph our common pond turtle the, Red-eared Slider, you know how hard it is. The minute they see you, hear you, or even get a vibration, they jump into the water. So you never really get a good look at them up close.
It took days for me to sneak up on these guys down at our pond.
I also think my local crows call out to them that I am coming..
Red-eared sliders like muddy bottoms and slow moving water. These are the turtles that pet stores used to sell a lot of, which is not a happy thing for the turtle. They are wild and need to be out somewhere in a pond, in my opinion.
I built a turtle dock a few years ago for them to bask on. Rotten trees tend to eventually go down into the pond, filling it up with debris. As long as they can climb up onto the dock they are happy.
Yesterday, I was outside walking around picking up debris from our recent snow and ice storm, when I felt something following me. I looked down, and this really big Pocket Gopher was creeping along about a foot behind me. I stopped, it stopped. I started walking again, and so did it. It didn’t look injured so I could not figure out why it was out of the ground.
I tried to gently herd it back to a protected area, but it just kept by me. My dogs were in the house, or it would have really been in danger.
This went on for about 30 minutes, until I finally moved it under a huge pile of limbs from the storm. It went under and I did not see it come out again.
Maybe he knew I wouldn’t hurt him??? This is the second time this year this has happened. If I could just get them to follow me out of my garden, I would really have some nature power…
Lucky for me I had my camera on the porch so I got a great photo of him.