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The Nose, Knows
April 20, 2020

(Canada Geese in last week's snow.)

Lock Down Continues.

We remain hunkered down for the most part.

We did sneak out and go to the drive thru at Chick-Fil-A Saturday evening (my 66th birthday).

That place does one heck of a business, and sure has their act together.

April continues to give us below, and much below normal temperatures.

A couple of late winter snows will attest to that.

Daffodils and tulips bow down to the snow, but recover nicely.

They are a hardy lot.

I have a couple pictures showing snow and one where they bounced back. 

I managed to get the first lawn mowing of the season in.

Saturday finally dried up enough to cut the grass.

Love that smell of a fresh cut lawn.

This week's subject,


The Nose, Knows:

Can you imagine all the different scents they pick up?

With noses up to 100 times more sensitive than ours, it is mind boggling.

A blood hound’s is 300 times better.

A bear’s sense of smell is 7 times better than a blood hound’s or 2,100 times better than a human.

(Bears are thought to have the best sense of smell of any animal on earth.)

A sense of smell is needed in order to help them find food, mates, keep track of their offspring and avoid danger.

Most insects rely on smell.

Other than Vultures, who rely on smell to find carrion, birds rely mostly on sight and sound.

Most birds have poor sniffers and a lack of taste buds.

Yet, they know what they like.

Often we forget about our sniffer.

After a long winter, we long to see green grass, flowers and hear the birds.

Where would we be with out the sense of smell?

A fresh cut lawn.

The smell of rain, or freshly dug earth.

Someone is cooking on the grill tonight.

The intoxicating aroma of lilacs  and hyacinths.

Gardenias in bloom, or the aroma from citrus trees permeating the air.

Things we don't see, yet the nose and brain receptors recall.

If you grew up on a farm and moved away and 30 years later you drove through farm country, you would recall and remember those same odors.

I could walk into a greenhouse blindfolded, and recognize that familiar aroma in the air.

The same goes for the smell of food, flowers or any other aroma you have encountered in the past.

Our nose, knows.

The Olefactory (sense of smell), in our brain has pretty good recall.

We should appreciate our schnoz a bit more than we do.

Plant something for your nose this spring :-)

Much of wildlife finds food by its sense of smell.

It often smells danger even if it can't be seen or heard.

Garden words:

Remember to keep some leaf litter under your shrubs and in the flower beds.

Birds are using dead leafs and small twigs for nesting materials.

Other birds enjoy scratching around, knowing a good meal can be a scratch away.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy watching birds hopping
back and forth as the move the decaying materials.

By keeping some yard debris in tact, you encourage birds to visit.

Decaying material also feeds your plants, while offering up a darn good mulch for your beds.

As you continue to grow your wildlife gardens, you will continue to attract more birds, butterflies and other kinds of wildlife.

You may get some migrating birds to stop by and maybe stay the season.

It does happen.

Keep your feeders going and by all means, offer fresh water.

You will attract more birds with water.

A proper birdbath should be made of course material, no more than 2" to 3" deep and be a neutral color.

Go to: The Importance of Fresh Water.

Hummingbirds are a couple of weeks away for me here in SW. MI.

But I know many of you have visitors and regulars by now.

Offer up a mixture of 1 part sugar to 3 parts water (I also do this for fall migration).

This is a rich formula that helps add body weight and quick energy.

In a couple of weeks, return to the standard 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.

I still have a few juncos.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight".

Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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