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Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 07-22-2018, 10:05 AM
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Posted By dapjwy
That was unexpected.

That was unexpected.
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-21-2018, 12:27 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
I have seen butterflies settling down on the...

I have seen butterflies settling down on the loose dirt...and a mud dabber wasp collecting clay from the deepest part of the whole.
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-21-2018, 12:26 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
Ha ha. ~smile~ (I did put in a lot of...

Ha ha. ~smile~

(I did put in a lot of things that they like to eat...but, right there, is whatever was growing there before I got here--violets mostly. :)
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-21-2018, 12:24 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
Thanks, Jack. I am surrounded by a good but of...

Thanks, Jack. I am surrounded by a good but of woodland and farmland. There is a lot of wildlife out there...but, having them stop or stay here is exciting and rewarding.

I have seen way, too...
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-21-2018, 06:07 AM
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Posted By dapjwy
I finally uploaded the pictures from my camera's...

I finally uploaded the pictures from my camera's memory card.

These two visitors were checking out the "pond" before it was filled.

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Forum: Rain Gardens 07-15-2018, 09:44 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
The rain over night, surprisingly, added a good...

The rain over night, surprisingly, added a good bit more water...then I ran the hose for another half an hour (approximately 120 gallons for each half hour--if my calculations were correct). :)
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Forum: Rain Gardens 07-15-2018, 09:38 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
Yes, I will put down more lines to create a...

Yes, I will put down more lines to create a streambed with a pool or two to spill into the larger pond. Then, another liner to,hopefully, create a wetland below the pond--i am planning on making it...
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-14-2018, 09:32 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
I almost hate to post this picture...it just...

I almost hate to post this picture...it just looks so unnatural to me. This is definitely one of the before pictures--I am trying to remain confident that I can work my magic and make it look as...
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-14-2018, 07:53 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
I got the liner in and started filling it with...

I got the liner in and started filling it with the hose. We have well water and after half an hour of running it, I started getting a little paranoid (we have never run out, but I was sweaty and...
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-14-2018, 06:46 AM
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Posted By dapjwy
More Aerial Shots

I asked Jeff to take some more drone shots of the progress I've made.

I think I am getting close to being able to put the liner in place. For the past few weeks, I have wondered if I should have...
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-14-2018, 06:11 AM
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Posted By dapjwy
Looking Back

While cropping some aerial shots of my progress from yesterday, I stumbled upon this early photo of the original, smaller pond near the top of the slope--"Phase I" of my project. This is before it...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 07-14-2018, 05:41 AM
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Views: 487
Posted By dapjwy
Yay! Good luck. I hope you get the...

Yay!

Good luck.

I hope you get the second brood.
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-13-2018, 09:56 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
Thanks for the suggestion. For some reason, I...

Thanks for the suggestion. For some reason, I have wanted to dig a pond by hand since my late teens/early twenties. I am honestly enjoying the process.

I would consider renting a Bobcat or sd...
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-13-2018, 01:23 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
From today... 46003

From today...

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Forum: Natural History 07-10-2018, 08:38 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
Definitely a step in the right direction. It is...

Definitely a step in the right direction. It is a happy medium that brings diversity and supports a lot of wildlife, I'm sure

Are you adding any native grasses to the mix...or only forbs?

I...
Forum: North American Native Plants 07-10-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 1,529
Posted By dapjwy
Looking good, Gloria. :) I love the picture...

Looking good, Gloria. :)

I love the picture from your front yard.

Cute hobbit house. :)
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 07-09-2018, 06:02 AM
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Posted By dapjwy
Awesome, Jack! It is a great feeling. ...

Awesome, Jack! It is a great feeling.

Wonderful description.
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 07-09-2018, 05:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 487
Posted By dapjwy
Linrose, I love your description of the...

Linrose,

I love your description of the situation. :)

You are fortunate to be able to witness it.. Once the nest is empty, I never tend to see the fledglings. Only once did I see the father...
Forum: North American Native Plants 07-07-2018, 04:58 PM
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Posted By dapjwy
Yep. Back in the day. I must say that we...

Yep. Back in the day.

I must say that we seem to have revived Wildlife Gardeners a good bit...maybe not to the glory days, but it is still nice to see. :)
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 07-07-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By dapjwy
If you find some near you and can take a small...

If you find some near you and can take a small percentage of the seeds to propagate, you will have the local genotype for sure.
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 07-07-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By dapjwy
I am glad that I as m mot the only one trying to...

I am glad that I as m mot the only one trying to find local (or at least more local) ecotypes.

I know of a wholesale place that has local ecotypes of a lot of species...but they don't sell...
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 07-06-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By dapjwy
Thanks, weedy fields. I have had a single...

Thanks, weedy fields.

I have had a single swamp milkweed growing in average soil...I actually have to go look for it to see if it is still there. It has never spread.

I want to create a...
Forum: North American Native Plants 07-06-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 1,529
Posted By dapjwy
I collected seeds and intentionally added it to...

I collected seeds and intentionally added it to my meadow plantings.

It supports a pretty moth, and goldfinch love the seeds I'm told.
Forum: Rain Gardens 07-06-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 9,688
Posted By dapjwy
Thank you! :) It is getting there...slowly. ...

Thank you! :) It is getting there...slowly.

As the tree species I put in start to mature, the water features get done, and the native meadow planted, it will finally come together and start to...
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 07-06-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By dapjwy
Nice that you have so much common milkweed with...

Nice that you have so much common milkweed with no effort...and great that you leave it to support the monarchs.



Nice! Great shot.



Yes! Inspiring.
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