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Yamamoto Dendrobium nobile in Bloom. 3.20.18
Yes, & we definitely need a snow pack. Rather than beginning our snow in Nov., it didn't start until Dec 17th with a dusting, & then nothing much until just the last couple of days. The neighbours are very good to help with blowering it out.
Good winter scene Patricia.
Daniel, that's interesting that your ducks are so shy. Most animals that humans keep aren't nearly that shy are they?
Drawings often have the advantage over photos in that they can show details of all parts of the plant, including inside structures that a photo could not usually get.
It reminds me of a discussion I had with my brother. I almost always like photos of nature better than paintings, but he said a painter can include many interesting things from different places in one painting that a photo cannot.
While that seems logical, I still like photos better most of the time because they're more realistic and detailed. Also, no painting has exactly all the things I find most attractive. I would have to paint it myself to get that, and learning to paint well would take more years than I've got. A photo is much easier.
My garden looks pretty bleak right now, covered in snow. Only a couple of B. sprouts plants are poking out. Snow cover is good in protecting strawberry plants. I didn't get them covered with straw this year--only leaves and pine needles. Carrots are now buried.
The drawing is so precise, it looks like a photograph would. I like these kinds of drawings to help me identify plants.
Moving chickens from yard to yard will require a coop, food protection, and fencing.
One option is to create separate fenced yards or use electric chicken fencing. It is light and easily moved. I am sure I would not be able to do it, but a younger person may or a stronger 80-something person might be able.
Also, chicken electric fencing would not keep out deer, although there is deer electric fencing, I think, or I can imagine other styles of fencing.
One option would be to place permanent poles where vegetables and fruits will be grown and put portable fencing and wires strung from poles high enough to keep out the deer.
I see a lot of gardens in Newport with a high electric wire for deer, a lower electric wire to keep out rabbits, and a chicken fence below that to keep out snakes, mice, and other predators. I don't know how well it works.
Deer fencing left in place makes good sense, especially since Daniel plans to put in a vegetable garden. Another advantage is the birds can be returned to the yard and clean up the summer left-overs.
Spud, you are right that the ground and compost becomes frozen in the cold climates and therefore a very heavy mulch in an enclosed, covered coop helps to heat the ground and makes a place where worms and bugs hide, perfect for the birds. Especially if manure is part of the compost, and with birds, there is a lot of manure. Protected birds + manure + compost = warmth.
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