- The neighborhood dogwoods have scattered LOTS of babies around the yard, so one of the dead crape myrtles was replaced with a three-foot volunteer, and the volunteer on the edge of the compost area has grown nearly as tall as I am--in four years!
- What had looked like a single enormous caryopteris (misplaced near the burgundy physocarpus, where its breathtaking blue clashed with "Coppertina") turned out to have become a clonal colony, so the roots were untangled and the plants moved to various parts of the yard. The few remaining yews may get replaced with butterfly-friendly subshrubs in a cool color sorely needed in August.
- The pulmonaria in the driveway bed have bloomed,
- The daffodils not only survived but bloomed and are spreading in a most satisfying way.
- A pair of red-shouldered hawks may be nesting in the neighborhood.
- The other birds courting in the yard include grackles, goldfinches, robins, and cardinals.
- Chickadees are everywhere.
Altogether a most satisfying day on Chipmunk Ridge.