This spring I planted a bed of lilies. Nothing else.
A year and a half ago, the spot that they're on was trying to be part of
the lawn, but was failing. It was mostly dandelions. I used Round-up on
the weeds, and a week later after they withered, I scalped all the grass
and weeds, covered with newspaper, and a good 3" of bark mulch.
When I dug the area up for the lilies, the newspaper was about 75%
decomposed, but the soil was clay. I added some compost, and tilled it
in. I suspect that my interloper seed was in the compost. But what is
Damn. I knew it was something unusual, and to be feared.
Are you sure? Shouldn't the bloom face east, not due west? And the spot
it is growing in hasn't been dug since early April. Could it have taken
root after being deposited on top of an inch or two of bark mulch? Or
would it be so late in the season if it was under the mulch?
It just doesn't seem like a sunflower would be coming up so late in the
season, and facing the wrong direction. Of course I haven't purposely
grown them, and the ones that sprout around the bird feeder that sprout
(and few actually do), bloomed two months ago, faced east or south, and
were much smaller.
But if that's the verdict, then that's the verdict. And I'm going to
have to round-up the neighborhood fowl and fauna to find out who the
guilty party is.
"Rats with wings" would definitely be a good definition for starlings. They
are vulgar bullies with no redeeming value. There should be a bounty on
killing the pests.
Pigeons are more like clowns. When you see the way they walk, you almost
feel sorry for them. Its almost like they need corrective shoes and
Bats most definitely are not "rats with wings" despite their German name,
they aren't even rodents.
I agree...young starlings cause a lot of damage in my vegetable garden
in the spring. Often it nothing more than vandalism as they don't seem
to know what's edible and what isn't.
When you see what a mess they make roosting in large numbers, 'clown'
isn't what comes to mind -- more like 'guano machines'.
My daughter was mightily amused the other day by a sticker which suggested
that 'Pigeons shouldn't eat chili.' And speaking of chili, this Sunday is the
Annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off downtown in Plymouth:
Anyway, back to insulting birds.
While we're at it we should pick a derogatory name for the widely introduced
Canada geese that are pooping all over the parks these days. (In SE MI they've
increased more than 50 times in numbers since the late 70s. It's a man-made
problem as they were enthusiastically released all over the place for years.)
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
On Wed, 06 Oct 2004 04:59:53 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat
And get some swans. They compete territorially with the gueese, and
will chase them away.
Shirley Hicks, in Toronto, overlooking a Humber River marsh where the
swans have done just that. The flock moved up to the park up river,
and onto the local apartment buiding roofs. Now have to kick gueese
out of the way when running in the 'hood.
"A liberal is a conservative who's been through treatment."
- Garrison Keillor
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