Finally, Summer Has Arrived

It’s been a strange spring season. That’s become the norm with global warming. I planted cold weather seeds and none but the radishes and wheat are up. Leaves were either killed or ripped right off seedlings in pots by strong cold northern winds. Nature has finally become serious about summer. The poplars and willows are in leaf. Various cherries and columbine seeds have sprouted. The Nanking Cherries still have not opened but the buds continue to swell. A pair of tree swallows are vigorously defending the birdhouse in the green ash. This morning when I went out to check on pots one was poking her head out the box to catch the morning rays of Sun. Her mate was sitting on a steel frame above some seedlings within a couple of metres of me. He never flew. I guess we’re becoming familiar or he figures a guy who moves this slowly is not dangerous. It’s all good. I’m running out of pots and garden spaces. Some of these seedlings will go directly into the ground.

Speaking of ground, the weeds are awake and I spot-sprayed dandelions with 2,4-D yesterday. This year, I will win!

UPDATE Winning may not be as easy as I hoped… A sparrow took over the swallows’ box. The sparrows are an invasive species which is much stronger and more aggressive than the swallows. I may try a tip given here to discourage the damned sparrow…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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