The Cattails in the Corner – Update

18 08 2019

Cattails – August 2019

Cattails 2 – August 2019

As you can see, we have 6 cattails in the corner where the water seeps under the two retaining walls. That goldenrod volunteered to grow there as well. The catalpa tree that was cut down decided it wasn’t dead and has sent up several strong young trunks.

The overgrown alley below us is full of weeds as well as one healthy elderberry plant with soon to ripen berries for the birds.

Our wildlife neighbors have increased to add a handsome healthy young fox who looks very out of place poking around all the concrete and asphalt driveways here. There are chipmunks living under the stairs to the top of the retaining wall, a very bold young squirrel living in the network box of the neighboring condo building who visits us on the porch railings and is very friendly and unafraid and seems to like being talked to, so got named “Nutty”. We don’t feed Nutty, just talk to her when she visits – silly squirrel. The skunk waddles up and down the driveway, the opossum and raccoons visit the garbage cans but can’t get into them. The flock of goldfinches and pair of cardinals enjoyed the thistle seeds down in the alley and are busy eating something else down there and the purple martins flying after the bugs up high. They all are our interesting neighbors. the humans are more invisible, don’t use the porches or walk around back there, so it’s generally quiet and peaceful – other than the traffic noise from in front – and usually with a nice breeze.

Smoky the dog crossed the rainbow bridge in March and it just isn’t the same around here without a dog, it’s the first time in 53 years we’ve been without a dog and we don’t like it, but we knew the conditions of being here and will have to wait until we leave. There is no knowing when that will happen though, rather sooner than later but not my call.

The crickets are singing again, started just last week, the cicadas and katydids are rasping (ratcheting as the kids used to say) the coming autumn even if we’re not ready for it.

 


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7 responses

21 08 2019
Eddie Two Hawks

Thanks for this great update and the current photos too!

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22 08 2019
Aquila

Thanks for visiting, Eddie.

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7 09 2019
Sheryl

The cattails seem very happy. They appear to be growing rapidly.

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8 09 2019
Aquila

This is their second year of full growth. They were always cut done before that.

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2 11 2019
Govardhan

Reblogged this on Vijayagiri views.

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24 06 2020
BillboardVagabond

Enjoyed reading the post. Much appreciated and thanks for sharing

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14 07 2020
GP Cox

It’s good to see you back!!

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