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April 21, 2014

A simple letter today.

First off, thank you for the many Easter blessings and well wishes.

Praise God that he is on duty every second of every day.

This is the night after the Blood Moon (too cloudy the night of).

One thing special, I liked the looks of the tree branches in front of the moon as it was coming up.

The weather still dominates conversation.

A couple of pictures will show daffodils blanketed in fresh snow from early last week.

2-3 inches of snow is better than the pounding they took around the Lake Superior region (up to 18" of new snow.)

In mid April folks.

The weather rebounded nicely, as we have 60's and a couple of 70 plus degree days sprinkled in.

One day last week, I looked out the windows and get to see a pair of Canada's finest and a handful of Whitetail deer.

Life in suburbia can have special moments.

Friday I quietly saw my 21st birthday come and go.

Okay, my 60th birthday come and go in a quiet manner.

60 was a bit rough,

Turning 50 wasn't so bad, 40 was a real downer.

They say that 60 is the new 40, maybe it wasn't as rough because I've been there before.

Make sense to you?

Bird activity is really cranking up now.

Very little feeder action these, but loads of mating rituals and fighting for territories.

Male Goldfinches are still changing colors.

You should notice they molt at different stages.

You will also notice that some are a brighter yellow.

With goldfinches, the males don't reach peak colors until their second year.

First year males will not be as bright a yellow as older birds.

They are adults and of breeding age, simply not as colorful.

If you are new to this site, American goldfinches are one of the last birds to nest.

Typically nesting is in mid to late summer, and sometimes early fall.

You will read and hear stories bout needing plant down for nests.

In reality, Goldfinches are almost 100% seed eating birds.

When are seeds most prolific?

I'm sure I will go into more detail when the season comes.

Global Harvest Acquires Scotts U.S. Wild Bird Food Business

Acquisition includes the Songbird Selections®, Morning Song®, and Country Pride® brands, enhancing Global Harvest’s national footprint.

After killing untold numbers of birds (knowingly mixing pesticides with bird seed and feed).

And a slap on the wrist from the government for and a joke of a fine of 12.5 million dollars,

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company wisely is getting out of the birdfeed business and selling (for an untold amount) to 'Global Harvest'.

Global Harvest Foods, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed, and producer of the Audubon Park brand,

Just my opinion, but I don't see where a chemical company should be messing with feed and seed in the first place.

Last week I asked if any of you had special reasons for seed planting.

Three of you responded.

Here we go.

Carol has this to say.

The reason I plant seeds is I love some of the annuals. I don't really plant any veggies only flowers for the butterflies and birds.

Carol, you can never go wrong when thinking of the wildlife.

We need them. From Shelly:

I know I started my own gardening in the mid 70’s I did not know you could buy plants, as my family always planted seeds, ached in backs, legs so I did believe it to be an heirloom event.

Like you I love looking at that simple seed send such a fragile stem thru the dirt (bulbs are no exception in snow and ice), I am amazed at its strength...reaching for what it needs above...light, praying we remember to water down below.

How something of a small form can send out roots, which give us the stem that will adorn, feed or shade us....I cannot imagine a world without this gift. Why I started, why I is the closest I can feel to what the Creator did when he sparked life, Creator has given us the power to continue the gifts.

When diagnosed with disease, started treatment I met you here.

I was granted remission

I must admit I am just enjoying everything I can take the time to look at.

One note for new growers please tell them about sunflower seeds. I will never forget listening to them stretch and watch them turn to the sun....what glorious plants along with night bloomers...list goes on.

Life and renewal of... Shelly, we don't have answers, but God is always in control.

And yes, there is great therapeutic and healing value in gardening.

Becky shares this with us:

It is such a thrill when I see the first little green sprouts once I have planted some seeds on my lighted plant stand. I came up with an idea to insulate it a few years ago---since it is out in my unheated garage----my husband made the insulation (house) surround for me & I have 2 incandescent bulbs on for the heat---along with some old heating pads for bottom warmth. I don’t start much anymore----we have the crappiest clay soil, so I do most of my growing in containers now---on my deck----which I love!!!!

My husband did put in 3 raised beds several years ago for me, but since they aren’t fenced, they have become mostly ‘mouse hunting’ territory for my 2 dogs. I do grow a few things in them on trellises----beans, peas, cucumbers. I no longer can (miss that), dry or freeze much----age & health issues along with the crappy clay are the reasons for that. But I still need to grow some things!!!!

Thank You Becky, I too do a lot of container growing for one reason or another. It works for me.

Thank you ladies.

Hopefully, by next week it will be business as usual.

For me, writing takes time and special letters take a lot out of me.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

God less.

"The measure of a man is what happens when nothing works and you got the guts to go on.

Randall 'Tex' Cobb (1954-) American Boxer and Actor.

I can't say this is totally true, but the bible does mention fighting the good fight. "I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

"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

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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