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Noisy Chickens: All About Fowl Language

It’s true that roosters can make quite a racket. But female chickens get plenty noisy, too, and these communications are nothing to worry about.

Weathering the Storm

As you can tell from this picture, we had a wicked storm roll through our neighborhood last week.

New Magnolia Tree

I decided to make the most of what will likely be the last few beautiful fall days. I headed to a local nursery and bought yet another tree and planted it in the backyard.

Fertilizer Factor

I spent the morning mowing the lawn. It’s a beautiful day here, and even riding the mower was a pleasure. I don’t often write about my lawn because I really don’t care that much about it. I’m not one of those people who think of the lawn as part of the garden. We don’t really do much to it except mow. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of a lush, green, well-maintained lawn, but I don’t think a person needs to spend time and money to have that. It’s not worth it to me, I guess.

Backyard Embellishments

The landscaper is done with our backyard! The skid steer sitting in the yard was the last remnant, and now it’s gone, too. All that’s left is a beautiful retaining wall, gorgeous cut-stone steps, a new swing set, a weed-free patio, a covered fire pit, and lots and lots of space to grow lots and lots of plants. How exciting when a big project nears completion!

The Garden Bustle

So much is happening in the garden that I don’t even know where to start! Our landscape crew from Lighthouse Landscape Designs arrived with the excavator and Bobcat and began the grading process in the backyard. They laid the gravel base for the retaining wall and expect to begin setting the wall in the next day or two.

Good Garden-planning News

I mentioned in a previous post that we have been working with a landscape-architect friend to redesign our backyard. We’ve had several meetings to chat about our “dreams” and what’s possible as far as the grading and hardscape stuff goes.

Planning My Dream Garden

On a very exciting note, we have invited a landscape architect friend of mine (we went to college together) to come over and redesign our back patio and gardens.