Wildscape Progress for August

 by Catherine Johnson

The Wildscape project at Bird and Bee Farm between Rockdale and Milano has survived the worst part of the summer and the plants are starting to have their fall flush. 

These plants are reblooming!

Eight small trees have been planted, with more to arrive. Donna Lewis donated Senna trees and we have four New Mexico Privet and Vitex as well. 

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July Wildscape Project Update

by Catherine Johnson

The Wildscape garden project is doing great, despite the recent heat.  It is nice to be able to irrigate every inch the way we have it set up. We hope you enjoy the photos of some of the flowers in bloom now.  

Coral periwinkle

Butterflies and hummingbirds have found the flowers and are arriving in good numbers. 

Trailing lantana

We’re happy to report that more items have been donated to the garden, including some solar water fountains that will provide a soothing sound and the moving water source many insects and birds enjoy. 

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Girl Scout Nature Program

by Catherine Johnson

The Girl Scout Nature Program hosted by our Master Naturalist group in May was a great success, with 23 people attending.  The scouts kept Lisa Milewski and Donna Lewis busy with questions.

Donna Lewis watches as Lisa Milewski talks to the Girl Scouts.
Donna Lewis makes a point. Get it?

Master Naturalists Dorothy Mayer and Pamela Neeley also participated in the program. 

Everyone had refreshments and toured the Milam Wildscape and Bird and Bee Farm.  They got to see newly hatched Rio Grande Turkeys.  We were thrilled when the older scouts requested to create projects in the Wildscape. 

After this success, we plan to offer  all Milam County Girl Scout troops programs like this.

(Sorry we were a little late posting this update!)

a donkey and kids
Scruffy the donkey was quite a hit with the troop.

Wildscape Project Update

by Catherine Johnson

We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos showing progress that is being made by our team and other volunteers at the Wildscape being constructed at Bird and Bee Farm.

Baby milkweed
More milkweed
Recycled equipment planter with flowers
Another planter full of native plants
Larger planter with water for butterflies
Larger view with all the planters in progress.

Progress on the Milam Wildscape Project

By Catherine Johnson

Volunteers from our chapter have been hard at work! The Milam Wildscape Project that we’ve reporteed on before is progressing quite quickly.

Getting ready to make a fence.

The team has managed to install fencing, arrange some of the cool metal structures at the site, and installed gates so people can get into the garden, but hungry animals stay out.

Here you can see the sturdy new raised path to the chicken house and future raised beds.

El Camino Real Chapter member Larry Kocian is designing pathways and garden plots. He knows the pathways need to be handicap accessible, so they will be wide and smooth.

The next phase is planting. We are now beginning to gather plants.

How are those animals?

So glad you asked! The beautiful kittens and all those hundreds of chicks are growing up at the farm. If you’re looking for chickens, it’s a great time to get some!

I’m also fine, thanks for asking.

The heritage Rio Grande Turkeys are not allowed to roam now, like they used to, as they are old enough that they would run off to make a nest and not come back at night.  We don’t want that!

We can always use more volunteers. Check out Bird and Bee Farm for more information.