Roses and Red Foxes: Wildlife in Howard County

Wildlife spottings all around Howard County:

Hawk, heron, groundhog, and rabbit spottings are in abundance now. Deer and chipmunk spottings are increasing.

Dayton, MD:

I saw a red fox at my grandpa’s house.

Centennial Lake:

Lots of rabbits, a deer, a groundhog, a great blue heron, and a chipmunk were spotted on Monday the 10th. I also saw a baby turtle but it swam into a murky spot before I could get a picture.

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WILD FLOWER SPOTTINGS:

Centennial Lake
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Roses: Backyard Wild Flowers – Year Two

Last year I planted wildflower seeds in my backyard, my first contribution to the “garden”. Stalks sprouted but that was the extent of growth last year. THIS year however has grown much better results. The following pictures are from the last few weeks as that part of the backyard has progressed. Some of the pictures are through the kitchen window because for a little while we had a mud wasp nest next to where the window opened up. Todays picture is from the other side of the window because I didn’t think to take it while I planted ANOTHER section of wildflowers and I was just too hot to feel like going back out again. lol.

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First signs we noticed of wildflowers coming up. Just one white one and a half white, half pink one.

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The next time we looked there were four bunches of flowers: two white, one half white and half pink, and one all pink

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Close up looks of the flowers

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Todays photo with two bunches of pink flowers, two of white, and still only one of the half pink half white ones.

Roses: Gardening

The first picture is of my little growing garden of wildflowers. I have no successful attempts at indoor pot gardening though the Ivy did last the longest. I planted the wildflowers earlier this spring in maybe April or March. So far, they’re just little green sprouts, but little green sprouts that fill me with joy.If they turn out well, how I could mess up wildflowers I don’t know, I want to move on to either outdoor box gardening next year or renting out a plot in the community garden nearby.

Gardening is a great way to get in touch with Mother Nature and for a million other things associated with Wicca and spirituality. It can help you really get in touch with the growing cycles and thus the cycles of the year and even more so, the Wicca calendar. Many of the Wiccan holidays are focused around the growing season. Gardening and Farming are rich in symbolism with prosperity, fertility, and growth whether in the mind, body, or spirit. Also, you can grow foods to eat and/or herbs whether to season with, turn into essential oils, add into candles, dry for incense, decorate, or a million other things. Gardening takes time and patience but so much can be gained from it.

I don’t have much room to grow anything, mostly because my mom’s irises take up most of the back yard and my neighborhood cut down our last garden in the front yard so it would be a waste of time doing anything there, and as I said, growing anything indoors has never succeeded. I highly encourage anyone who isn’t already gardening because of space or a black thumb record to try, step by step, to get into gardening. Indoor pots might work for you or you might need to set up a heat lamp maybe. If you have a backyard, boxes might work for you or starting small like me by planting wildflowers which might just be a fancy word for pretty weeds. Check to see if there are community gardens near you. Try though, because the reepings can easily out weigh the sowing.

To find a Community Garden near you visit: http://www.communitygarden.org/index.php

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