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It has been over a month since I posted here on tumblr; and I’d like to use today’s entry as an opportunity to state what my intentions are for my entries on this venue in the days to come, for I know that like Little Bo Peep’s (who is pictured above) lost sheep, who strayed away from her, I have strayed away from my original hope re this endeavor: an endeavor I began in May of 2011, when I set up this blog on tumblr.

During that time a trainer at my local Apple Store (who knew I was active on Blogger), suggested I also blog here, for she knew The New York Botanical Gardens was active on tumblr, and at that point, a majority of my Blogger entries were in the voice of the flora that grows in my urban (NYC) garden.

And all throughout my tenure on tumblr, I have written entries in the voice of the flora that grows in my urban terrace garden, as well as in the voice of the birds which visit it; but since I do not like to duplicate content, I find it increasingly difficult to post images as well as to write different things about gardens in both places!

Initially I resolved this by incorporating content which included the voices of what grows in my indoor succulent garden, as well as the figurines (such as Little Bo Peep) that visit it. However I felt that Blogger audiences might find these posts to be intriguing too, and I began to refer Blogger readers to tumblr, and eventually also posted indoor garden stories on Blogger. 

Therefore I was running into the same issue of  being in danger of duplicating content! Now, I’ve come up with a plan that I described on Blogger in my March 6th 2014 post  which  is this: I will post my “stories” re my indoor succulent garden and the antics of the whimsical characters that visit it here on tumblr. And I will post the “stories” of the flora which grows in my urban garden as well as the stories of the birds that visit it on Blogger.

Moreover, I will try and provide links to any posts that deal with these urban garden-related  topics, to make it easy for tumblr readers who may still wish to hear what my flora and birds have to say.

As of this posting, I have three new “stories” on Blogger that are related to the birds that visit me, and some of their photo-ops have been included with this tumblr entry. Please visit me on Blogger to read these stories by clicking here, as well as here, and here.

And please bear with me, my whimsical characters, my flora, and, my visiting birds, as we embark on this transition in our blogging! We appreciate your readership, and also encourage you to visit us on Facebook and Pinterest.

We have had a major snowstorm (a result of the “polar vortex’) in NYC. Nine to eleven inches fell in the city and my urban garden, but that didn’t stop the array of birds which visit me from doing their thing as evidenced by these photo-ops! More Info @ http://www.hometalk.com/2979052/on-keeping-a-virtual-garden-notebook

It has been nearly one month since my last posting here on tumblr (September 13 2013) where I began my post by stating, "Seeing my mourning dove studying one of my feeders (in my urban garden on the UWS of NYC) that is now ‘protected’ with a ‘fence’ which will allow only cardinals and smaller song birds to enter as well as exit (and yes I STILL have other feeders for my bigger birds) caused me to think of the time my father died."

And now nearly one month later the actions of birds in my urban (NYC) garden at the aforementioned feeder (the one that is enclosed in a fence and featured in the images with this entry) have kept my memories (of actions related the time my father died) on the front burner of my mind.

Only this time it is the actions of certain pigeons (who, like mourning doves, learn about things by observing them) that are prompting my train of thought.

For as you may recall, in my prior post, I discussed how the mourning doves were observing the workings of my feeder in a fence, causing me to recall that when my dad died "the weather was very cold and folks were bringing dishes of food or bottles of vino as a way of offering support to his wife who bemoaned the gestures wailing, ‘Where am I going to keep this crap?’ And her daughter suggested she put things on the porch as it was so cold nothing would spoil. My father’s wife scoffed at the idea, complaining that The birds would get into everything.” 

This prompted her daughter’s response, “I don’t think they can open the wine, ma” and It was at that very instant that my father’s wife’s cuckoo clock went off, whistling, ‘Cuckoo, Cuckoo’, as if in direct response to the silly conversation.”

I concluded that post by confessing that ”maybe my father’s wife’s ‘fears’ weren’t so silly; after all, I wouldn’t put it past my mourning doves to open a bottle of wine … “

AND now the persistent actions of a pigeon at the feeder (as seen in images one through four) have reinforced the notion that my father’s wife’s notion was not unfounded!

However, my main concern is not focused on mourning doves and pigeons accessing seed from my feeder, rather it is in making sure Cam, my visiting cardinal is not put off by the presence of larger birds at “her” feeder, and from the looks of things (in images five and six), she seems to be comfortable a the feeder in spite of the antics of the larger birds and I hope she continues to feel and be safe when noshing in my garden.

This post is a “copy” of an entry I just uploaded to TLLG’s FB Page but am putting it here too in the event someone has a solution to my  pigeon issue! Here is what I stated on TLLG’s FB Page: “Yesterday I posted a couple of pictures of Cam (my visiting cardinal named for my dearly departed grandparents) that I had taken in 2012.
I am missing her terribly as she has not been here (in my urban — NYC garden) since August 5th 2013! While it is not unusual for her to disappear for period of time, I always have a void when she isn’t around. This time I fear her disappearance is due to three pigeons who are descending upon my garden, and I am frustrated at not being able to do anything about it!* 
OR am I?  Suggestions are welcome! Meanwhile the photo here was taken last September when Cam fed her little one in my garden.

This post is a “copy” of an entry I just uploaded to TLLG’s FB Page but am putting it here too in the event someone has a solution to my  pigeon issue! Here is what I stated on TLLG’s FB Page: “Yesterday I posted a couple of pictures of Cam (my visiting cardinal named for my dearly departed grandparents) that I had taken in 2012.

I am missing her terribly as she has not been here (in my urban — NYC garden) since August 5th 2013! While it is not unusual for her to disappear for period of time, I always have a void when she isn’t around. This time I fear her disappearance is due to three pigeons who are descending upon my garden, and I am frustrated at not being able to do anything about it!* 

OR am I?  Suggestions are welcome! Meanwhile the photo here was taken last September when Cam fed her little one in my garden.

Feeding birds in an urban garden can be a joy, for seeing the antics of our feathered friends is inspiring. However, finding ways to deter larger birds from nibbling up all the food before smaller song birds have a chance to eat it, can be challenging. Also, figuring out places to hang a feeder in an urban space such as mine (atop a roof extension in NYC) can be difficult. 

The first issue, finding a feeder to accommodate the smaller birds which have visited my garden (eg cardinals, dark-eyed juncoes, house finches and tufted titmouses), while directing the mourning doves towards other feeders in my garden is what led me to procuring the feeder — seen in these photographs — a feeder I’ve named the CB Feeder after the woman who suggested it. It is a feeder you may recognize from prior postings here on tumblr that you may refer to by clicking here as well as here.

And as you can see from the image to the far left in the first picture (collage) of this series, by lowering the canopy of the feeder, the smaller birds were able to access the food, but the mourning doves, who could not fit under the canopy, insisted on staring at the small birds noshing as opposed eating from another feeder in my garden which was designed to meet their needs. The image to the right of the collage shows where I ultimately placed the CB, after much trial and error with hanging it elsewhere in my garden, which is a scenario I described in an entry on Blogger, where images two through five were included. Image six shows a lone mourning dove atop the CB, doing the thing he prefers to do — next to eating — which is posing for the camera!

Mourning doves are very curious about feeders, and have no qualms about staring at other birds whist they eat as evidenced in a number of these images, and especially image seven, which appeared on TLLG’s Facebook Page just before The Fourth of July weekend which was about the time of my last entry here on tumblr!

The last three images have not (as of this entry) been posted in my other cyber-venues; however, if you’d like to know more about the feeder,  more information can be found within TLLG’s hometalk Pages.

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet,” Roger Miller is reported to have said; and all of the birds which visit my urban (NYC) garden, including mourning doves, bluejays, finchescardinals and white-breasted sparrows agree with him!

Eric Berne’s quote, “The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing,” came to my mind as I was cropping these images (above) in my Aperture Library.

For, yesterday when I heard the cardinals — pictured here – in my urban (NYC) garden, I was so grateful. I had not seen or heard either one of them in a few days; and when my “regular visiting birds” disappear, I often worry that they have been swooped up by a predator!

Therefore, when I heard this pair’s familiar song, I followed the sound of their “lyrics” with my camera, proceeding cautiously, so as not to frighten the songsters!

I began taking pictures without even checking my ISO or other camera settings (as hearing and seeing these lovely creatures took over my thoughts)!

Later, after the couple had left for the day, I realized my camera settings for getting an optimum photograph were not up to par; and, moreover, I began to wonder was this couple’s identity Cam and Mac, the couple whose “embrace” I photographed this past April? The couple that I’ve come to know and love, or was Mac feeding a bird that could be their youngster?

Somehow, upon reflection, the female didn’t resemble Cam in the way that I know her, but then it had been raining, which often alters her appearance, flattening out her “mohawk” (giving her a bad hair day like yours truly)!

Be that as it may, the minute I thought that perhaps the female wasn’t Cam, but rather an offspring, I researched and researched to find pictures of young cardinals so I could compare, but my efforts were fruitless!

FINALLY, I turned to my inital joy of seeing the two cardinals, the joy I had when I wasn’t thinking about camera settings, the joy I had when I wasn’t wondering who was who, and that’s when Berne’s quotation came to my mind:

"The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing!" 

Cam, my  "lone" female cardinal and her predator: a voracious blue-jay! Two visitors to my urban (NYC) garden with different agenda. 

Cam, my  "lone" female cardinal and her predator: a voracious blue-jay! Two visitors to my urban (NYC) garden with different agenda. 

After a delayed start, has spring FINALLY, FINALLY sprung in New York City where I live? The Black Mondo Grass growing in my urban garden weighs in with answers in a “story” on TLLG’s  (me) Blogger Pages!

Help me name Cam’s beau! Cam is the female cardinal who visits my urban (NYC) garden and her love interest needs a name! Story on TLLG’s Blogger Pages!

As the ol’ song says, “reunited with the one I love!” Read about the escapades that Cam and her beau have in my urban (NYC) garden! Their “tales” are on TLLG’s Blogger Pages and can be accessed by clicking here and here!

As the ol’ song says, “reunited with the one I love!” Read about the escapades that Cam and her beau have in my urban (NYC) garden! Their “tales” are on TLLG’s Blogger Pages and can be accessed by clicking here and here!

Tomorrow is February the First — within thirteen days of that time it will be Valentine’s Day — and in honor of the occasion, a number of figurines (pictured here) have come to visit a succulent garden, an indoor garden, which I have atop an armoire in my kitchenette.

Giving my succulents a festive environment is very important to me; after all they bring such joy to my life, as do the 80++ “things” which I grow in my urban (NYC) garden, a garden “housed” on a roof extension.

However, as of this posting, where the zone in which I live is in the sesaon of winter, I’m not spending too much time out there; except to replenish my feeders for Cam (a female cardinal); her male companion; and her “entourage” which consists of blue jays, common grackles, house finches (red as well as brown), mourning doves, tufted titmouses; and a bird who is either a tree swallow or a snowbird.

Therefore, to exercise my green thumb and help fulfill my need to nurture things which grow, providing an ambience for my indoor garden is essential to me and it is something I do for all the holiday seasons as well as for ordinary time.

In fact I wrote a guest blog about setting up an indoor garden and giving it flair, and if you’d like to refer to it please click here for a tab (on TLLG’s Facebook Page) that takes you to my guest blog posts. The one re indoor succulent gardens is the second one in the list so you may need to do a bit of scrolling!

Meanwhile, in terms of the valentine’s figurines pictured here, the first image features most of my guests.

The prisoner of love is off camera in that image, but he can be seen on his own in the last image in this series; however, bear in mind, he is normally quite busy wooing his gal, the lady in the polka dot dress in the lower righthand corner of the first image in this sequence.

Also missing from that first image are Lucifer and his long lost crown princess; they had hopped out of sight during the part of the photo-shoot, you know how frogs can be, and especially Lucifer, who has been featured within my Blogger entries on a number of occasions, including one which you may refer to by clicking here.

Another camera shy visitor, the one delivering a pizza (standing atop my pencil cactus in the upper right hand corner of the first image), finally agreed to a closer shot — if he could stand behind the clown as he is doing in the fifth image of this series.

The rest of the folks, Cupid, the skinny legged kids, the Queen of Hearts, the-was-my-face-red diva, and the clown all join me in wishing you a Happy February; and I encourage you to start thinking about sending a card to those near and even not so dear to you you in honor of the occasion!

I wil be creating a few cards for this “event,” and, as always, they will be cards that go beyond communcation; and you will be abe to find them within my ETSY shop, so please stay tuned!

Before I sign off, I want to thank Nancy and Steve for their unending inspiration in my decorating endeavors!

According to Holiday Insights, NATIONAL BIRD DAY was two weeks ago (January 5th ANNUALLY); and with my appreciation for birds I don’t know how I could’ve missed it!

But I must confess I have been preoccupied with taking care of my feathered friends (who visit my urban — NYC — garden) as well as writing about them, for I JUST completed a series of posts (SIXTEEN TOTAL) on my blog (The Last Leaf Gardner on Blogger).

The series spans posts from 1-5-13 to 1-20-13; and is a pictorial with narrative, year-end review (2012) of “events” in my garden. 

As I’ve said before (to anyone who would listen), upon completion of my last entry re this series, I realized I did not do much “relaxing” in my garden and hope in the years to come that changes!

P.S. The images accompanying this post feature only a fraction of the types of birds (thirteen different varieties) who visit my garden. To see more images of my feathered friends, please visit me on Pinterest, where they are featured in a number of photo-ops within different boards, including one called  Birds in my Urban Garden as well as one called "my" Birds & THEIR Feeders.

It is has been written: “Consider the birds … they do not toil … .,” and, I TRULY need to take a lesson from my feathered friends!
I say this because I JUST completed a series of posts (SIXTEEN TOTAL) on my blog (The Last Leaf Gardner on Blogger).
The sixteen entry series spans posts from 1-5-13 to 1-20-13; and is a pictorial with narrative, year-end review (2012) of “events” in my urban (NYC) garden, many of which involved the antics of my visiting birds.
The cast of characters can be seen in the image above today’s tumblr entry; their identities are as follows: 
Left to Right:
Row One:     Snowbird, Chickadee, Common Grackle, Female House Finch
Row Two:    Blue  Jay, Cam (female Cardinal, Cam), Tufted Titmouse
Row Three: Mourning Dove, (Cam), Male Cardinal
Row Four:   Tree Swallow, Male House Finch, Hairy Woodpecker, White Throat Sparrow
However, upon completion of my last entry re this series I realized I did not do much “relaxing” in my garden and hope in the years to come that changes! How about you, dear reader, do you relax in your garden OR “take time and smell the roses,” as “they” say? P.S. the photo-op above this entry is from a new greeting card in my Etsy shop. 

It is has been written: “Consider the birds … they do not toil … .,” and, I TRULY need to take a lesson from my feathered friends!

I say this because I JUST completed a series of posts (SIXTEEN TOTAL) on my blog (The Last Leaf Gardner on Blogger).

The sixteen entry series spans posts from 1-5-13 to 1-20-13; and is a pictorial with narrative, year-end review (2012) of “events” in my urban (NYC) garden, many of which involved the antics of my visiting birds.

The cast of characters can be seen in the image above today’s tumblr entry; their identities are as follows: 

Left to Right:

Row One:     Snowbird, Chickadee, Common Grackle, Female House Finch

Row Two:    Blue  Jay, Cam (female Cardinal, Cam), Tufted Titmouse

Row Three: Mourning Dove, (Cam), Male Cardinal

Row Four:   Tree Swallow, Male House Finch, Hairy Woodpecker, White Throat Sparrow

However, upon completion of my last entry re this series I realized I did not do much “relaxing” in my garden and hope in the years to come that changes! How about you, dear reader, do you relax in your garden OR “take time and smell the roses,” as “they” say? P.S. the photo-op above this entry is from a new greeting card in my Etsy shop

On the Eighth Day of Christmas, which is today, someone’s true love, somewhere, gave to them eight maids a milking; or at least this is what the figurine in the first image within the series of photographs posted with this entry told me this morning when I watered my succulent garden!

This particular figurine is one who visits my succulent garden for the Christmas season, and as anyone who follows me here on tumblr, knows, my indoor succulent garden is something I discussed on a number of occasions when I was a newbie to NYBG’s (New York Botanical Garden) tumblr pages. It is a garden which I’ve also written about on TLLG’s Blogger Pages as well as TLLG’s Facebook Page, and it is one that I wrote about in a guest blog post.

However, in my cyber-space writings, I tend to put more content “out there” that deals with my urban (NYC) garden and especially the birds which visit it, including blue jayscardinals, chickadees, finches, mourning doves and tufted titmouses! Images of all the aforementioned topics (indoor succulent gardens, my urban garden and various birds) can be found on my Pinterest Boards and within my Flickr Galleries.

But now that I have digressed by informing you of all of this, my cow figurine is ringing the bell around her neck as a reminder for me to post pictures of the other figurines who have been visiting my indoor garden for the 2012-2013 Christmas season, which in the United States, will end this Sunday, January 6th 2013 — The Twelfth Day of Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany!

AND SO, without further ado, the images following my cow figurine feature a few of the other figurines who have been visiting my indoor garden this Christmas season!