The spring daffodils’ annual style show is coming to an end in The Overfield School front gardens. The splashy colored crabapple trees, near the second and third grade classroom, are at their peak, along with the massive groups of redbuds in the Hobart Urban Nature Preserve. There are chickadees nesting in a stump at the edge of the K/1 yard, undeterred by the activity of children romping in such close proximity. The students are out and about observing all forms of seasonal change, from flora to fauna, birds to bugs.
We have been busy in the vegetable garden, planting early cold weather seeds and preparing our beds for plants that thrive after frost in warmer weather. The little log garden shed now has spouting on the front and back, supplying the new rain barrel we will use to water the vegetable garden, thanks to Casey Warner, the best maintenance man ever.
We humans have been intrigued by fictitious and supernatural creatures for thousands of years. The 20th and 21st century continued to introduced creatures that seem to defy nature, such as the Blob (exceptionally popular in my youth), along with Godzilla, King Kong, and a plethora of aliens from other worlds. So, get ready! Coming soon to a cemetery, woodland, or backyard near you is “Brood X,” a massive invasion of creatures that will emerge from the ground by the billions! The harmless but ominous looking insects are native to the eastern United States. The “Brood X” periodical Cicadas emerge from deep in the ground like clockwork, every 17 years. Their ETA is scheduled for mid-May, shortly after the first eighty-degree day, and a soaking rain shower (I am guessing for an easier journey to the surface). There is an app available to take photos and track the cicadas called “CICADA SAFARI” offered for both Android and iPhone. Enjoy the show!
This past Saturday morning Allen Jones and his son Oliver arrived at the “O” armed with all the tools and machinery necessary for a major cleanup in the vicinity of the bird hide and wild area just west of the garden. The industrious Casey Warner joined the amazing duo, creating a super team. I was also on hand with backup muscle, and a trusty battery powered chainsaw. The squad spent the day feeding sticks and limbs to a ravenous woodchipper, eradicating invasive trees and eviscerating piles of mounting debris. Thank you, Allen, Oliver, and Casey, for a challenging job well done. You are the best!
April 22, we will be observing Earth Day. Let us not only celebrate but think of one thing you can do to help our earth!