Last week, a Black-capped Chickadee started excavating a cavity in a broken branch of our flowering plum tree. I'm not sure if it is getting an early start on the nesting season or carving out a place to roost. I will keep an eye on the tree to see what develops.
On Sunday, we took a trip to the Hillsdale Farmer's market and picked up, along with some produce, a few hardy starts to plant in the garden. Of course, temperatures dropped as soon as the onions, peas, and kale were in the ground. For now, at least, they seem to be holding up well.
After tending the garden, we resumed our battle against the south side noxious weeds. We cut down the knotweed canes from last year and bagged as many as we could.
These persistent plants are now sending up this year's asparagus-looking shoots, which I have been lopping off on-sight.
We had hoped to plant some native species here and mechanically control the knotweed until it gives in, but some have suggested we call in the City for some herbicidal help. Whatever happens, we will be sure that the canes do not grow and produce seeds as they did last year.