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A New Year Begins
January 06, 2020

A belated Happy New Year.

It is still considered the new year isn't it?

It's time to get back into the groove.

As always, several readers cancel over the Christmas letter.

We get offended so easily, don't we.

Welcome new readers and stick around for a few letters.

You will find I'm a simple country boy (living in the suburbs), that loves gardening and wildlife.

I like to share my experiences and in some cases my knowledge in hopes that you may learn something from time to time.

You will learn a bit about me and the goings on around here in my southwest Michigan digs.

You will find I have a love for our "Creator" and his creations.

This is a gardening and wildlife letter, but sometimes topics don't always totally relate.

Most of all, I hope we become friends.

Again, winter has started with ups and downs in the weather department.

At the bottom is a picture of the girls catching some rare winter sun, and a picture of them catching a nap together.

Have you come down from the holiday highs?

You know, the mental and emotional rush.

All of a sudden the holidays are over and there is nothing to do.

Now the winter doldrums are sitting in, especially if you live in snow country.

You may think that this is a slow time of year.

It doesn't have to though, as there are plenty of things to keep you busy.

Besides caring for and observing your birds and wildlife at home, you can take nature walks or even a drive.

The fresh air does a body some good.

For you folks living in the deep South, you can get an early start on some gardening projects.

You may still have some pruning and other projects to take care of.

For the rest of us, it is dreaming and planning.

Sometimes that is a life savor as I do have troubles with "Seasonal Affect Disorder" some winters.

This winter hasn't been bad yet, all the snow brightens the gloomy days we get here.

Working on a positive attitude helps too.

With all the seed catalogs to thumb through, there are those wish lists to make.

Anytime I feel the longing for spring, I whip out the catalogs and look at all the pictures of things I have or want.

You can do this too.

As you make out your wish list, you will find out what is reality and what is a dream.

Start making your lists out on what to order or buy locally.


You have all these seeds and plants that will be coming, where are you going to plant them?

A true gardener will always find a place for that something special.

But that may take some planning or re-designing of a garden.

Break out the Plan-O-Gram and crank up the creative juices.

Graph paper works well for this.

Be sure to use a pencil because you will be erasing more than a few times.

Be sure to design as a mature plant, not the cute seedling or baby tree.

For example, if the spread of a perennial is two feet when mature, sketch in a two foot wide plant.

Things grow and you must consider this or you will be moving things again in another year or two.

I don't mind moving plants, but there are times that I want to relax and enjoy as well.

Here are some good plant lists for Butterfly Plants and Hummingbird Flowers.

What better time to think of butterflies and hummers.

In the winter when we need it most.

Not all plants are native, but many of them are familiar to these winged marvels and aren't invasive.

Now you will find that your slow, and boring days will pass by a bit faster.

Your moods will be a little more up beat as you plan and look forward to the time you can get out there and play in the dirt.

Even my friends in the deep South, the Southwest and Pacific coast regions can make some plans right now.

There is no reason to sit back and frown.

Get things going.

There is never a down time when it comes to "Gardening for Wildlife."

I almost forgot to mention.................

It's the first of the month, have you given your feeders a good cleaning?

I find the first of a month is a good time to do this as it becomes good habit every time the first of a month comes around.

Well, it's time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought to start off the new year.

God Bless.

"You hold the power to make another person's life better or worse by the things you do today.

Those closest to you --- your spouse, children, or parents --- are the most affected by what you say and do.

Use that power wisely."

John C. Maxwell

From the word of God.

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love".

1 John 4:18

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

"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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Gardening For Wildlife.

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