Day 108 – April 18, 2014 – Friday
• A little warmer, kind of overcast but with sunshine much of the time even if it wasn’t the brightest.
Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 71.7 F (3:17 pm)
• Low : 44.9 F (5:50 am)
Temperature – official from TV or Weather Underground, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 70
• Low : 43
Gardening and Yard Work
• worked on the lawn mower – found the air filter and took it apart and cleaned it then turned it upside down and put it back together (that way the air will be mostly going through the cleaner part, also cleared the vents into the air cleaner, looked at the blade and it looks like it has some big dents in it so I think it needs to be replaced instead of sharpened (I tried a little to get it off but will need something to stop the blade from turning)
• grass needs mowing
• all the day lilies in the back were trampled flat by the tree trimmers yesterday – they didn’t need to do that and it is upsetting
• the tree trimmers trimmed the pear tree in the back so that it is not bothering the wires – we expected and wanted them to do that
• cabbage white
• woodpeckers – downy
• black-capped chickadee
• ducks – the usual 2 plus I saw others flying several times
• cardinal – male
• bumble bee (first I’ve seen this year)
Low: 60.8 (7:53 am) High: 81.8 (3:39 pm) Precipitation: None
Humidity: 64% at 12:15 pm, 52% at 4:30 pm (80 F), upper 40s in the evening around 7 and 8 pm with the temp around 77 F
The last day of winter, but it feels like summer. Mostly cloudy with some blue sky and quite a bit of sun, then becoming mostly clear and sunny later in the afternoon. Everything seems to be growing – getting buds, leafing out, coming up. There is a noticeable difference everyday when I look out into the yard.
I refilled the Upside Down Thistle Feeder, which was empty.
- Cardinal – male, female
- Black-capped Chickadee
October 10, 2010
Ash Tree showing fall colors
- High: 83.3 F (4:21 PM)
- Low: 58.1 F (8:02 AM)
- Humidity: 39%, 38%
- Sunny, nice, warm.
- Black-capped Chickadee (1)
- Cardinals (too dark to see how many or which ones)
- Crow(s) (didn’t see them, but heard them)
- Silver-spotted Skipper (1) – on patio side of house
- Cabbage Whites (2 or 3) – 2 on Aster, 1 on patio side of house
- Sulphur (1) – on Aster
- Tinies (2) – on Aster
- Bees (lots of bees on the Aster)
- Ash Tree – Has turned color and has lost quite a few leaves. The colors may not be quite as bright as some years because it has been (and still is) so dry. Photo (see below).
- Boneset - See Yardwork below
Yardwork: Spread some grass seed on parts of the lawn. Spread some organic fertilizer on parts of the lawn. Then I used the leaf blower on reverse to vacuum up and turn the leaves into mulch. And then I pulled up a bunch of Boneset plants from my photo bed – they are coming up all over the place!