Triumphantly the strawberries are beginning to appear. I drool just looking at them.
Tragically the crows like strawberries too. So it was an emergency run to town yesterday to get wire mesh and ring nails to build a strawberry cage and keep those black feathered clowns out of my strawberry bed. I love crows and their antics but nobody is getting away with snitching strawberries in my garden.
|Our new strawberry cover fits right over top the raised bed.|
|Just this tiny stump and a few needles were all that was left.|
He wasn't that large so he was hard to see through the grass.
A tight corner when cutting paths through the meadow meant an end to his short life.
Worse, one of our mature birches suffered some major damage. We had a load of wood delivered this week.
|This photo is from last season when we had wood delivered. |
See the overhanging birch branch?
The branch had to be cut right off and there's some major damage to the trunk. Luckily no one was hurt. It's a shame about the tree though as this will likely spell it's demise. It's an old tree and not in great health already so I can't imagine it will survive much longer given the extent of the damage.
But we know that where there's tragedy there's also triumph, right? While at the Agro Co-op buying the wire and ring nails for the strawberry cover I wandered into their garden centre. And came home with more trees for the yard. At only $6.99 a piece it was a steal. I picked up a Sugar Maple, Black Spruce, White Pine and a Blue Spruce to replace the one murdered by the lawn mower. The best purchase though was this little guy.
I have been researching a new tree to put out in front of the house. I wanted something ornamental that could withstand the clay in that part of the yard. I had thought a Katsura would be a great fit but the only place to buy one is out near Kensington. About an hour's drive away and I can never seem to find the time to get out there. Well, wouldn't you know the Co-op had one single Katsura in their nursery just waiting for me to take it home. That just made my day.