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The crazy weather might be confusing my plants, but the birds know that it is migration time and have been putting on an amazing display at nightfall.
Each evening thousands of birds come in from the north. As the sun sets they gather in our trees until the daylight is almost gone. Then they move on - further into the woodlands to tuck in for the night.
Here's what it looked like:
And here's what it sounded like:
It has been a very busy fall! Most of my time has been spent working on my Pretty World store and trying to stay caught up with our daily chores.
It has been a really weird weather year for us and my plants are more than a little confused. We have violets blooming in the yard and this week a foxglove ventured a few blooms. If my plants think it is spring, I wonder what sort of weather we'll see this winter.
After a brief period of dry weather, the rains have returned and the ground is once again full of moisture. This kind of weather is good for the perennials - encouraging continued deep rooting and good germination of self sown seedlings. It's challenging for getting outdoor work done and really lousy for staying caught up with weeding, but gardening is always full of trade offs.
The mushrooms are really happy with the weather. They are popping up all over the land - all kinds and colors, in more colonies than I've ever seen before in our woods. I really should take a camera with me as I hike so I can get pictures of all of the different types. Of course, that does make it a little harder to run away from surprise encounters with yellow jackets, which are also having an abundant season this year.
So far this Autumn we've held off on harvesting any edible mushrooms. We don't have a real good way to put them up for long term storage and we are mainly eating lots of tomatoes and peppers right now. Instead of harvesting more food than we can eat or store, we're letting most of the wild mushroom take advantage of the fantastic mushroom growing weather and giving them a chance to mature and reproduce. They can serve as food in future years, and even the non-edible mushrooms contribute to soil health and improve our local ecosystem.
They are quite pretty too. I don't know what sort this is, but they are sprouting up on all of my garden paths!