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Deep in the Lair of the Perpetually Curious Fox

Monday, 14 May 2012

Warm spell brings more hatchlings ...

First off, the African Violets (Saintpaulia spp) indoors has bloomed. They seem to really like sitting in the North facing window!

Two "rescued" lily bulbs in the bargain bin in the grocery store is living very happily in the pot for now. Might transplant them into the ground soon, though.

Also managed to overwinter several lily bulbs successfully under the spruce trees, in their pots, and covered in cones.

Just for giggles I saved a mango seed to try see if I can get a houseplant mango tree. I've let the seed dry out over a couple of weeks and then cracked the seed casing to free the bean shaped seed inside.

Was given some Scotch Bonnet pepper seed (Capsicum frutescens) and they germinated OK, too. Hopefully they won't be too fussy about the cold nights.

Little hatchlings in the germinator seed flat thing. Transplanted the hatched Brassicas and Chards to the newly dug vegetable plot.

Yes, that is chickenwire covering the plot... the squirrels love to dig up the seeds and hatchlings, not to mention the neighbour's cat has a habit of pooping in loose friable soil LOL.

As the hatchlings grow taller, the mesh will be taken off, and instead of covering over it, it'll be a "perimeter fence".

Of course, there's also lots and lots and lots of sunflowers and borage seedlings, too. They tend to have a high casualty rate due to grey squirrels. Fortunately the red squirrels aren't so fond of digging up the garden. They are fond of mushrooms and fruits, though ... 

Of course, the cat loves sleeping in the tall grass when she's not busy watching birdies

White Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys rare sighting, really, for Alberta!) mucking about under the birdfeeder. They are being displaced by common (European) house sparrows

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