Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Every year we have a number of breeding pairs of Red-tailed Hawks; Michael tells me ther are two pairs in the Native Plant Collections, there's always one in the woods across from the bathrooms at the Grove of State Trees, another that lives on Hickey Hill and hunts the open meadows surrounding Springhouse Run, and there is this pair that lives in the Beech Woods across from the Capitol Columns.
They, rightly, have no fear of me. I have chased one or both of them around on foot and they're content to sit on a branch 30' above me to all appearances, oblivious to my presence. One rainy day this spring, I actually took a branch and pounded on the tree they were both in to try to get them to fly or even look down. Nothing.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
There was no fog this morning; this is steam rising from the mulch piles generated by the exothermy of composting
Lynn was at the brickyard this morning and recalled an interesting idea that Dr. Cathy, retired director of USNA, had conceived. Namely that we ought to build a roof to cover the piles with a dragon head at one end so that on these kinds of days, the steam would vent through the dragon's mouth. I wish that had been my idea.
Yesterday the contractors dismantled the Blue Atlas Cedar that had fallen across the pathway. Today Neal, Amanda, and I opened China and there was no opium involved. We just removed 5 or 6 leads of Cedar branches, logs, and twigs. The cones, pre-opening, are striking.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke' , 'Rosemary Clarke', and Corylopsis gotoana flowering in the Japanese Woodland
The flowers of early spring are upon us. The top picture is in the Japanese Woodland, the Iris reticulata are outside the Morrison Garden in the Azalea Collection.
old grievances or revisit old diatribes, but I will admit that if we hadn't set the clocks forward Saturday night I would've missed this odd scene and that would have been too bad.
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