I just saw a Pileated Woodpecker, and what a large bird! It was amazing to watch and he was quite tame — he almost looks like a prehistoric crow! They average about 15″ in length. I guess if you’ve seen one before, they’re not that interesting, but it was new to me. (Photo from Wiki)
The superintendent/interim groundskeeper just hacked back the rose bush which sits within reach of my balcony. It needed a good pruning, for sure, but he’s taken it back to 2′ canes — it was at least 10′ high. Ah well, perhaps it will do it good and it will come back. It acted as a beautiful privacy screen for our balcony, too. :( The woodpecker sat on a tree stump about 20′ away from him and just watched before flying away.
I’m trying to plant containers and finding out that I should read the plant labels a little more carefully before I indulge myself. I’ve ended up with some plants that are about 6″ high, which is great for containers, but not when the companion plants you’ve purchased grow to a foot! Oh well, any excuse to buy more plants! Pics when I’ve finished.