Gardening

The Hummingbirds

Gardening, Organized By September 10, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Last summer, Chad and I tried coaxing hummingbirds, any hummingbirds, into our yard with no success. We were so unsuccessful that we forgot about the hummingbird feeder and left it out all winter. When I finally brought it inside, it was filled with black mold and nothing I did would get it clean. So I had to throw it away.

When we were out collecting bird feeders for our backyard bird diner, I stumbled upon a section of hummingbird feeders. There was one that just had a lid, a bottom, and a hook. It was perfect.

We bought a copper weather shield, so that they would have some shade and protection from the rain (because, you know, it rains SUPER often here) but also because supposedly hummingbirds like copper colored things. Then we started a very long game of musical feeder.

First it was attached to the bird diner, but we read that the hummingbirds might be a little too anxious to eat with all those other bigger birds swooping in and out. Then we moved the feeder by the water feature, but I think that was still too close to the bird diner that was getting more and more popular by the day. Finally, we bought some butterfly bushes and move the hummingbird feeder to it’s final home.

Make A Little Birdhouse in Your Yard

Gardening By September 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

For many many days after we returned home, Chad kept talking about the bird feeder, and where we would put the bird feeder, and how many birds we might get to visit our new bird feeder. I quickly realized that Chad might be itching to get started on some long overdue yard projects. Memorial Day Weekend seemed like a good stretch of days to get started on such a project, so we made our first stop at Wild Birds Unlimited – sent by our good friend, The Crazy Asian Bird Lady (she gave herself that name, I just call her The Crazy Asian Lady). Wouldn’t you know it, they knew exactly who I was talking about.

Windowsill Herb Garden

Gardening By March 28, 2012 Tags: , 1 Comment

Last week I took a planned vacation day and among other piddling errands I FINALLY went to Cactus & Tropicals. I say FINALLY because the lovely Kalie and Jason got us a wedding gift card to Cactus & Tropicals. You know… that wedding that happened almost 2 years ago? I was afraid to shop at a garden store until the recent success of my indoor office windowsill herb garden (thanks in part to Annie):

Violets are Blue

Gardening By February 8, 2012 Tags: , , 1 Comment

When I was younger, every 6 months my mom would stubbornly purchase a miniature sage bush and place it next to the sink so she would remember to water it. And several weeks later it would be dead, dried out, and sporting cheerios on it’s dead limbs. I don’t know why we did that but I’m sure it had something to do with Salt Lake City and the small amount of kicks you can get when you can’t drive somewhere and have real fun.