I could hear a lot of chatter coming from the bushes where many of the birds were staying hidden. The chickadee knew she was too small for lunch and wasn't bothered by having a hawk in her garden.
Finally, I decided to approach the hawk so he would fly off and allow the birds seeking cover to come out. He didn't go far, and crouched against a tree limb he was having a bad feather day in the wind.
The next two shots are from ten years ago in July back when my garden was better tended. I thought I'd include them to give a better wide view of the swingset garden area.
The shot above is facing what was once my daughter's swing set and was later incorporated into the garden. The shot below is a side view to include the greenhouse and other raised beds.
The days of the well tended garden are long gone and at this point my garden is wild and mostly self sustaining. I no longer irrigate or grow most of my vegetables. But the birds don't care and other wildlife are happy here.
The shot directly above and the rest of the shots are back to January 2010. I have lots of nesting boxes under the roof as well as the overgrown bushes where the birds nest.
The nesting boxes against the house are more protected than the swing set ones. Last week I talked about using leaves from my front yard to mulch my back yard. There are still plenty of leaves left in the front for that part of my garden.
The smartest thing I ever did was stop trying to grow grass in the front and opt for hostas, periwinkle, ferns, variegated ivy, and other shade perennials as well as some herbs near the street where they get enough sun.
I have noticed that with a mixture of weather from cold to cool to almost warm, there is a lot more signs of life than January usually has, although the ferns and other perennials are asleep for the winter.
I love the way the ivy growing on the side of the house looks but if it gets too thick it will be a problem. Sometimes I think if I totally neglect everything the plants will hold up my little aging house where I've lived since 1984.
The problem with living here as long as I have, improvements I made like creating a garden and adding a greenhouse and storage building are already becoming aged and decrepit, sort of like me. By the way, I don't think my numerical age (52) is old. There are young 70 year old people, and older. I personally feel like I've aged a lot in recent years but that's just me.
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