Apparently two weeks ago I left my ferns out on a night that it frosted, and it killed all the ferns I got dirt cheap. I guess they were dirt cheap because they knew it was going to frost again and they wanted to get rid of them without a loss. At any rate, I was going to take them down and try to trim away the dead stuff and see if they could be saved, but it looks like I am just going to have to let them be because we have several families who have moved back in:
Additionally, the bird’s nest in the corner of the column that I left up all winter was a couple weeks ago torn down- I walked outside to go do something for my parents, and it was gone. A couple hours later I returned, and it was rebuilt. I have not taken out the stepladder and inspected it yet, but I know there is a lot of activity going on because the top rip is lined with bird poop and small downy feathers, so I know there are some more babies in there.
I was going to take a picture, but I got distracted because Thurston was raising a ruckus in the back yard, and it appears he found a garter snake. I had to chase him into the house (the neighbors got to hear me yell “NOOO LEAVE THE SNAKE ALONE”), and I went back and the snake was still alive, so I made sure Steve was inside and then closed the doggy door.
Full time job keeping everything alive around here. At any rate, super excited that in just two years we have gone from one bird nest on the front porch to now THREE! Next year maybe we can get closer to max occupancy for the spring rentals out front.