Mystery In The Shed
Click here to read that story. Tools are stored in there, as well as seed saving paraphanalia, among other items. There is a work space made up of the old kitchen cabinets with a formica premade top. Recently the shed was cleaned out, it is now ready to help with spring tasks.
The weather was extremely cooperative after a cool start yesterday. Lots of outdoor activities of the gardening sort were on the agenda, since the local meteorologist is calling for snow in a couple of days. Make hay when the sun shines, the saying goes. Let’s get to work!
This always happens. The tools are neatly stored in the shed, racks and pegs are available for each type. But as they are called up into duty, there is a tendency to leave them under the garage deck. It is dry there and we are not finished with the jobs, so why put the tools back up in the shed? The area under this deck has the leftover metal from the roof attached to the underside of the deck floor boards, keeping this space dry. Lots of things accumulate under here, promising branches for broom handles , drying firewood for the fire pit, an old grill with the insides pulled out and a coir liner inserted to hold potting soil, assorted chairs and benches, just a weird group of stuff. (Click on the image to see all the wonderful items under the deck). Many of these items belong in the shed.
One of today’s projects was the addition of another step at the top of the original steps of the house that was torn down to build the garage. We have produced a passle of home made steps , and have the technique down pat. The finishing touch is the additon of black river rock on the edges. (Click on the image to see the detail of the river rocks and ivy leaves adding their imprint on the surface of the finished product. ) There will need to be one more step added above this one to make the trip down to the area under the deck more safe as one travels on the gravel , it is loose and has caused a slip sliding fall or two.
This is to show where the shed is located in the garden. (Click on the image to see what is blooming on the hill.) It is a steep climb to get up there and that does help explain the tools stashed under the deck. But we still need to go up there and look for black river rock to add to the new step. Suck it up and let’s climb the steps.
After the black rocks were located to add to the wet concrete of the new step, I decided to sit briefly on the bench and take a rest after the steep climb up. But there was some mossy debris on the cushion. (Click on the photo to see it better). Where did that come from? This space had just been cleaned up. There should be no debris in here.
In the corner was more moss and some twigs by the can of paint sitting out to touch up the interior wall in some places that had been scratched up from the shovel and rake handles rubbing against it. (Click on the image to see what is written on the paint can top.)
What the heck is that? In the upper corner where the front wall meets the ceiling is a big wad of moss, sticks, the makings of a nest of some kind. (Click on the image to get a closer look at our mystery in the shed. ) We actually collect bird nests , and have never seen anything that looks like this. First of all, it is so big! But would a rodent be able to build a home up in the ceiling, and why would they? Is the building material not staying put when whomever is applying it tries to tuck it into some kind of form? Birders, Lisa at Greenbow, Shirl , or anyone else who knows how to identify birds by the nests they have built, can you add some information to help solve this mystery?
There is a bird sized hole near the top of this mess o’ moss. (Click on the image to see the hole.) But how are they getting in the shed, the door is kept closed and fastened? Occasionally the doors are left open when a chore requires the going in and out of the shed for various tools, and birds have flown in. We shoo them out with the double doors wide open, it is no big deal. Upon inspection of the closed doors, there is a small space where the doors come together, under the overhang at the center front, that a small bird might use to slip inside.(Click on the first image of this post to examine where we think birds could get inside.) This is the only explanation if it is birds, but why does the nest look like a huge gob instead of the neatly woven nests of our collection? One thought would be to just wait and see what develops, if more material is added, eggs laid, babies hatched, ….. whoa there, we getting ahead of ourselves. Should one be alarmed by the size of the next? Or happy that we have provided a safe, dry spot to raise some wee ones.
The inherited with the purchase of the property daffodils are blooming. This type of daff is very common in our neighborhood, all blooming in late February for a few weeks, depending on whether the weather stays cool. Too much heat causes the flowers to brown at the edges and fade faster than the nicer seasonal temps, forties and fifties during the day, hovering around freezing at night. These early yellow lovelies will bring us into tulip time along with the bloom of the fancier types of daffodils that we have added over the years. (Click on the image to see the details of the blossom.) It is suspected that this is a species type of daffodil, unimproved by the breeders and hybridizers, but the early flowering make it highly prized here.
Another exiting event of this beautiful day is the development of the tree peony buds. Normally the single white papery blooms open the first week in April. Each one of the larger buds on this seven year old plant will be a flower, it looks like a good year coming up. (Click on the image to count the buds!) It is hoped that some decent photos of these fleeting flowers can be shown to our gentle readers to record the 2008 bloom period of the tree peony, a celebratory event here at Faire Garden.