Our rhododendron seem to be late coming out, at least compared to some I’ve seen elsewhere… even around the neighborhood. But here’s one of the Long Beach varieties, the first to bloom this year.
I captured three more gray squirrels today and transferred them to the other side of the river. Our bird seed should last a lot longer now but I think there are still a couple of them hanging around nearby.
The big gray squirrels have become quit the pests now that they are so numerous: I counted seven on the patio few days ago. So I put out the trap I bought a while back and got the first captive within fifteen minutes.
The “official” rainy season runs from October 1 to March 1. And we’ve just had the wettest five-month season in Seattle history with 38.22 inches of rainfall, about 13 inches above average. And the long-term forecast calls for more rain for most of March!
We are working on clearing out old fern fronds and other winter cleanup (since it looks like it we will have an early spring). I took this photo of the fern-less fern garden to compare to June or so when all 15-some ferns have emerged.
With tree removal and cleanup mostly complete, we acquired a magnolia and snobell to fill in along our western property line and added 6 yards of topsoil. Things will look ok come spring and really nice in seasons to come as these two mature and flower.