Lady Merlin Hawk. Done in by a deck.

This hurt our feelings. Female Merlin Hawk. Crashed in our deck pursuing Humming Birds, probably.

Harv, our local Audubon expert: “…window strikes, not uncommon. Rarely is it a bigger bird like this but I expect it was going after on of the smaller birds in your area. Usually a merlin has an intent focus on only one target which makes striking a window or house highly usual as it should have lost contact with it prey unless they both struck”


We’ll burry her in a special place in our garden. Kristin has flowers to plant above her grave.

Bringing in the Sheaves…er LEAVES

David: So Kristin drops a note w/ biz card in this person’s mailbox one day… “May we come collect the leaves from your Tuliptree?  I’ll trade for some peppers from my greenhouse.”   K. had given up hope, when three weeks later, the person phones back.

K: What an amazing specimen of “Liriodendron tulipifera” (I learned.) Not even native in the western U.S., but evidently thriving here on the south coast of Oregon.  (A friend claims “You can grow ROCKS in Oregon.”)  A member of the magnolia family, it’s named for its tulip-like flowers, not its tulip-shaped leaves.  Your exciting trivia for the day.

The 14-ft garden trailer is packed down and nearly overflowing.  Now to process thru the shredder and voila:  Manure-free FREE compost!  Well… in a few months, and good for preventing weeds on the outdoor beds over winter.  Merry Christmas earthworms!  Deciduous leaves, by virtue of having to work hard growing swiftly, contain infinitely more nutrients than say… your average “compost bucket” from the kitchen — also known as “cold compost.”  And which I will still add to the HOT mix.