Tuesday, October 19, 2010

For the birds

Our backyard is fenced in by chain-link and grown over with a laurel hedge. The hedge hides about 90% of the chain-link fence (which I hate), but the hedge is also ugly and prone to looking mildewy and diseased. I'd like to eventually replace the fence, removing the hedge entirely, however, the hedge is perfect habitat for the small song birds that eat out of our feeders. They sit singing in the bushes all day long. Does anybody have any suggestions on what we can do to keep these birds around? Are there other plants in which they are likely to settle? Honestly, I'd rather keep the hedge if taking it out means we lose the birds. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Anyway, it wasn't any one molar coming in that caused all that anxious to-doing around here, it was three. Now all three teeth are in and, YAY! happiness EVER AFTER ever since. It's been so lovely in fact, that the day after that last grievous post, rose petals tumbled out of Thea's diaper and angels sang.

This is true too. She'd been out in the backyard with Ashley defrocking the roses. There were trails of petals around the half an apple tree, leading to the dog's water bowl, filling the water bowl, escaping through the fence, and, it seems like she saved a fistful of those petal down the front of her onesie. When I went to change her, oh pleasant day, there they were.

But yes, I didn't know until a few days ago that there were actually three teeth breaking through. I had Thea on my lap, head thrown back, laughing and I was like HOLY CRAP, LOOOKIT! TEETH! I do my best to anticipate her need for pain medication but it's not easy. I can only imagine that mouth hurt like a motherfucker.

Anyway, breathing easy.


Brandon said...

laurel is awful hard to duplicate as a sanctuary. without it, i'm hedging those birds will picket your fence.

Kristiana said...

*le sigh*

brandon, you...

asha said...

Wow! Three BIG ones followed by rose petals falling from her diaper. An angel. :)

Birds are very picky. I just ordered you a couple of books on how to create a garden that is attractive to them. Good luck. It's tough when a favorite roosting place goes. Our next door neighbor just cut down a favorite bird hang out and it really changed things in my Bird Park. I am scrambling to create a new setting for them but best case scenario would have been to establish a new environment before destroying the old one. There is a tree right over the feeders but they just don't like it. They used to fill the cottonwood but, even now, the other tree is mostly empty.

eclectic said...

What if when you take down the fence and the old hedge you replace the fence and simply plant new laurel that is neither diseased nor mildewy? Too simple?

Kristiana said...

that is a good idea. i'd like to not have any laurel, but it is ideal habitat. plus, the porous yet dense structure of the chain link and hedge together works really well for the birds. i'd like a wood fence, but even with a laurel hedge a wood fence is going to be less hospitable. the more i think about it, the more i realize that i shouldn't do any meddling at all.

someone said...

our laurel isn't moldy. I wonder what is different. Let's compare hedges. Also, there is a specific way to prune for best advantage and fullness (so it isn't thin at the base). So much to know... the Western Gardener. Its my bible.

Kristiana said...

lets. i think clark has that book somewhere too, but i haven't looked through it for laurel-tending advice.


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