Backyard Musings

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of              Two Writing Teachers for creating this  supportive community.

I am not a great gardener or birder, but one of the best decisions I ever made was to keep a gardening journal. It helps me remember what I planted (and where), what worked or didn’t work, what birds are visiting. Today’s post is just a collection of thoughts I had yesterday as I walked through the backyard. The journal excerpts may help explain some of my thinking.


I walk the perimeter of the garden and notice. What is starting to show signs of life? What has survived the cruel March snow? What might change? I think and wonder…about some of the rebalancing that occurred last summer, about nature taking its course, about color and beauty and joy.

I’m confident that the peony bushes will once again burst forth this May in an abundance of pink and white blossoms.  5/17/16 – The peonies are bursting!

I worry that the house sparrows will take over the white bluebird house.  5/11/16 – Everything I have read indicates that house sparrows should not be allowed to live with blue birds or tree swallows as they are predators, but I feel conflicted. Might be best to let nature take its course.

I’m confident that the pink and purple tulips will bloom and join the yellow daffodils with the droopy heads.

I worry that the winterberry is lost. 5/6/16 – …I trekked out to Briar Rose for hanging baskets, geraniums, container plants. Best find of the day – winterberry!

I’m confident that the cardinals and chickadees and woodpeckers and finches will find places to nest and sing.

I worry that the bluebirds will not return. 5/19/16 – I peeked into the fancy house again today. I think the bluebird in there may be dead, but I know I must leave it alone.

I’m confident that there will be mulch to spread and weeds to pull and blue hydrangea blossoms to snip.

I worry that the tree swallows will not visit.

I’m confident that there will be surprises and celebrations and births and deaths, and I’m confident that the cycle of life will continue. 6/15/16 – The eggs in the bluebird house by the hydrangeas are gone, but the nest is still there. A bluebird was sitting on the box this morning, and a new bluebird nest has been started in the fancy house. Spotted the tree swallow this morning sitting on top of his box. They were swooping yesterday. Balance is being restored.


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12 Responses to Backyard Musings

  1. cvarsalona says:

    What a great idea to keep a garden journal to remember past likes and thoughts on how to plan for a wonderful garden. When I visited my daughter in Virginia the daffodils were out and I felt such joy, Rose.

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  2. arjeha says:

    I enjoyed the walk around your property, Rose. We just noticed that we have a nest of baby robins in our back yard. I like the idea of your journal. It is a great way to notice constants and changes.

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  3. lindabaie says:

    I enjoyed reading about your garden, Rose. Hurrah for the bluebirds, no worries now, right? My peonies are peeking out, & I am hopeful!

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  4. dianeandlynne says:

    I worry about the bluebirds too. Thoreau wrote a poem about bluebirds where he says something like “the bluebird carries the sky on his back.” They used to be so abundant. I enjoyed peeking over your shoulder with the observations in your journal.

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  5. lynnedorfman says:

    I never thought about keeping a garden journal. Wonderful noticings! I may have to try one this spring – maybe a digital journal on pages on my ipad with photos. Maybe include places I will visit for awhile, like LBI.
    I hope your bluebirds return, Rosie. I think they will. Your garden is always full of beauty – birds and flowers. What was that beautiful bird we once spied? I have never seen a bird like that one!

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  6. elsie says:

    There is so much in nature to make us worry, but yet if we are confident it will right itself. Of course, it will take time, but we can wait. My husband and I often wander the perimeter of the yard noting what survived, what needs to be replaced, or what has taken over.

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  7. Love that your keep a garden journal! Loved reading excerpts from your journal and sharing your walk with you!

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  8. So great you have this documented year to year – fun to track and explore what happens in your backyard over time.

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  9. Amy Warntz says:

    I love the juxtaposed format of your post! I also enjoyed the way you shared the journal aspect of it. Very clever and creative. I’m confident that spring is on it’s way! I worry it won’t arrive soon enough.

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  10. Julissa says:

    maria leticia / Ola meu irmao Gentilaprendi muito agora ,lendo voçeem palavras de poeta,sobre poetas .Parabens!E continuemos no caminho : faça seu dom,sem esforçoUm abc§iaaoletÃria aguia


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