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I again hosted my garden party all summer long some of my visitors have always been regular and I have new regulars now…

The American Gold finch came occasionally last year…news of the party got around and I have several regulars attending now.

There is a drastic change in their color in the fall… this is a male that just a month earlier looked like the above photo.

Another set of new regulars are the Downy Woodpeckers…

Here is a male…

Here is this springs offspring which also is a male…I suspect the red gets smaller and moves to the back of the head with age…

The Blue Jay frequents more often but I still would not call him a regular.

My Clamatis made me proud again this year…

This is today…

My Hibiscus did well also…even though Molly broke out a couple of branches chasing rats.

And today it looks like this…

This past spring I planted a new flowerbed…

In it is this new Lily…

I dont know if my new lily will come back next spring because our new member of the house hold has dug at it…

Not once! But twice!!! this is what the area looks like today..

The new clamatis is doing well but what is this???? Even with all the cold and frost…I have a bloom…

Not all the changes though are in the plants…I have been pulling this vine from around my tree for 6 years…I had decided it wasn’t poisen ivy because I never broke out from it….Until this year….Leaves of 3 leave it be.

I am now trying to irradicate it from the roots…don’t want a repeat from last year. And caution will be used.

My passion flower vine did not survive the winter last year…I’ve tried planting another (on a part of the fence where it will not be used to “feed the cows” (see previous blogs)) If it survives the winter this time I’m hoping for blooms next year.

Happy Gardening All!


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Fascinating blog.... lovely birds visiting your garden ...
and smashing pic of the clematis in full flower...

I hope your skin is healed up now from the ivy...

21 Nov, 2010


You had a fantastic display from your Clematis during the summer! It looks(ed) fabulous! :-))

The birds certainly seem to like frequenting your parties"!

Have you got over that rash yet? Does it persist for long? Does it itch like a nettle sting? On the allotment I got stung quite a bit by nettles but sometimes the stinging sensation went away almost immediately which made me wonder if our bodies can "neutralize" the poison after a number of times of being stung?

21 Nov, 2010


yes my arm is back to normal and extra care will occur in the spring so it don't happen again....ITCHED like crazy don't want that again.

21 Nov, 2010


Sometimes the poison ivy causes a reaction, sometimes it doesn't, I've found. But I still wear gloves when tearing it out. Nice blog, good to see all the birds.

21 Nov, 2010


Nice to see seasonal changes. After their winter's rest your plants will reward you again next year.
I hope those blisters will heal soon. Take care next time lol

22 Nov, 2010

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