For those of you who follow me on here on tumblr, Blogger or Facebook, you may recall that my urban (NYC) garden has been going through a major upheaval; and I’ve been quite concerned about the well being of the things I grow, as well as the birds (Cam, a cardinal and her entourage of house finches and mourning doves) that visit us, as evident in stories posted on Blogger, which you may refer to by clicking here and here.
In any event, this past Wednesday night, close to midnight (September 27th), I heard in my garden (or rather the area immediately surrounding it), I heard the most powerful crashing sound that I’ve ever heard; and I was a little apprehensive to go on to my terrace to see what had happened, but I could hear folks from the buildings surrounding me as they were screaming from their windows! So when the noise arose like a clatter, I sprang from my computer to see what was the matter!
That is when I learned that a tree in the courtyard two buildings east of me, the building that prompted me to create an urban hedge had fallen down landing alongside the building which is directly across from me and it almost took terraces (including mine) with it!
Fortunately some pipes broke the tree’s fall, or it surely would have crashed through the windows of the building across from me or possibly even my terrace!
I did not see or hear from Cam the following day, and I was very concerned that she or her nest had been injured! I prayed that all was well with Cam, keeping in mind that thiswas not the first time she’d flown the coop.
Thankfully, Cam’s returned today (in the pouring rain), and she brought her husband or boy toy with her, who hid in my Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ (Japanese Maple)’s container as pictured here. (Cam’s back is to us; her male companion can be seen — decked out in red — while a young house finch looks north (towards the back of the image) as if he’s standing guard over the lovely cardinals!
All of these birds made themselves at home in my ’Tamukeyama’s’ container, and I’m sure this little tree was honored to have them visit! For as you might recall my ’Tamukeyama’ is quite hospitable as evident when he was featured as a co-star in my first garden themed virtual story (movie), titled, The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame … almost, and it can be viewed in my Vimeo Library.
BTW, a very small portion of the Kiwi Vine may be seen to the left of my ‘Tamukeyama’ and my Chelsea Larch is to its right. All of them are preparing for their roles in my upcoming virtual stories (movies) and virtual flip books (samples may be viewed here and here) as well as hardcover book versions, which I plan to produce as per my indiegogo Campaign; a campaign which gives voice to things which live in (and visit) my garden!
(P.S. The little copper sign seen in this image is my ‘Tamukeyama’ s name tag. It can give you a sense of the size of the birds visiting my garden.