We attempted to be cautious when we moved across country. We made several trips to PEI before we committed to actually moving. We looked into housing, jobs, weather, community. But there's only so many questions you think to ask and inevitably things will be missed. How many people would question the volume of mosquitos a place has before they move there? Let this be a warning, if you're considering moving, ask about bugs.
It also never occurred to me to ask about natural disasters. British Columbia has wind storms and earthquakes and I thought I was leaving all that behind. But when we arrived on the east coast we were dumbfounded to find that a hurricane was headed our way. I never learned about hurricanes in school. Do you get under your desk and wait for it to stop shaking? wrong answer. Perhaps we should have reconsidered dismantling our emergency kit when we left the west coast.
Today when I look out my window I see a very different scene from a 18 months ago. My view used to be encompassed by trees.
Today, it's sunny and open with a few trees just around the periphery.
I no longer need to search out plants that like the shade. Instead I'm looking for plants that will create some shade!
The large trees and warmer climate in our former home attracted different birds than what I see today. A pair of ravens, bald eagles, and turkey vultures were all common sights in my last garden. Dark eyed juncos paraded around the yard, turning up the bark and needles looking for bugs.
** My apologies!! Gardeningbren pointed out this isn't a junco at all! Hubby mentioned the other day that we never see juncos anymore and I thought 'oh yes, I need to find a picture of those'. Unfortunately I chose the wrong photo. This photo is actually of a western spotted towhee. Also not found in PEI!
I dearly miss the sweet Grey Jays but these birds require a mountain environment to live in and alas, Prince Edward Island, is somewhat short on mountains.
|Grey jays can be VERY interactive if you have food around|
The bird I was familiar with in BC was a Stellar's Jay. We called them blue jays as well but to those who have seen an eastern jay the Stellar's doesn't appear so much blue as black.
I miss these jays. Even their voices are different. The Stellar's that used to visit our back porch would call out something reminiscent of 'beer beer beer'. The eastern jays are much sweeter sounding.
Gardening in a new zone means I've had to change some of my practices.
|Garnet Penstemon survives only to zone 7|
|Red huckleberries grew wild in our former yard|
It's not a bad thing though. When I lived out west I had never in my life seen this before.
I sometimes miss the west coast but red maple leaves in fall is a sight I now treasure.
Happy New Year everyone.