Cleaning Up & Watching Outdoor Critters


I spent yesterday morning cleaning up the patio. Though I've worked on it for days, there still is a lot to do to prepare for fall. 

Many of the plants simply needed to be cut back because they were getting stringy and out of hand.

It is a task I enjoy. I roll around on my 20 year old plastic garden cart and snip away. It is relaxing to tidy up, enjoy the birdsong, and cross some of the tasks off my list.

 
I also transplanted the Jade Butterfly tree. I rolled it all over the patio. Then put it where you see it above. 

I wanted to be able to see it from where I sit on the couch with the dogs. I also love watching the curious yard birds hopping all around it. They are so entertaining.


Charlie hops down from the couch every time a squirrel comes to the bird bath to get a drink.


The squirrels seems to delight in taunting him. They typically turn their backs to Charlie which drives him crazy. 

 
Someone mentioned that I should name the tree. What name do you think would be appropriate? Let's name the Jade Butterfly tree!


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  1. It all looks so pretty! I just love your bird bath and the little birdies. A name for your tree: Molly pops in my brain... no rhyme or reason, but cute!

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    1. I miss the gazebo. But I do see more birds without it.

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  2. I just passed a post on Houzz and at first thought it was your patio. Which is to say, your patio is pretty enough that I wasn't surprised it would be on a professional decorating site.
    At a dinner last night with neighbors, one of the main topics of conversation was the delight we all take in the birds that live in our trees.

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  3. I'll choose Laurel for your new tree's name. Always enjoy pictures of your patio - you share so many ideas. Wondering if you'd post a picture of your garden cart sometime. Sounds like something I might like.

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    1. I'll try to remember to do that. It's just a simple one from Walmart.

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  4. I think it's a boy tree and should be named Buddy.

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    1. I'll see if I can found out the gender.

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  5. I think it's a boy tree and should be named Buddy.

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  6. I had to smile at the picture of the squirrel you caught with his tail one side on the fence and
    he/she on the other! Love the johnny jump ups, it looks like spring already. We are still enjoying warm weather in southern Ontario and are making the most of the sun on the patio as well our cat Dexter. We seem to have a lot of Chipmunks which he is always looking out for. He hasn't caught one yet thank goodness. For the 8 years he has lived with us he hasn't killed anything I am pleased to say. He doesn't seem interested in birds at all. In the spring he was in the garden and a baby blue jay landed right next to him, he just looked at it quizzically until it flew off.

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    1. How funny! Charlie gets all fizzed up when birds land close to him. I wish I had chipmunks.

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  7. Why not name your tree Jade? Have a great Sunday Brenda and enjoy...

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  8. I really like Kaylene's idea for a name,for your new "baby". Jade is such a beautiful green stone, and your butterfly tree is just as beautiful..

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    1. And the type of tree is called Jade Butterfly. I think that would be simpler. Jade.

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  9. Jade was my first thought as a name, too! Very pretty!
    Squirrels have always driven my dogs nuts, too! Happy Sunday, Brenda!

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  10. Reading previous comments and I think Jade is a good name too, but Butterfly seems to stick out in my mind as a good name also. I love your little patio space, what a wonderful private place to sit any time of day to daydream, read or just sit with a cup of coffee or tea and admire the lovely flowers and wildlife. The simple things in life are definitely the best.

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    1. As it gets cooler, I will be spending more time sitting out there.

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  11. Jade sounds like such a logical name and classy as well. The patio looks so pretty. It's like that oxymoron, constant change.

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    1. I'm so glad I can watch the changing of the seasons on my patio.

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  12. I also vote for Jade. Your patio is so wonderful.

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    1. Every time I see a balcony, I think of your place.

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  13. My vote is for Jadeen, if it's a girl tree; it must be a girl tree if it has butterfly leaves!

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  14. Poor Charlie with that squirrel ignoring him! I vote for Jade too. Happy New Week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. It just tickles me to watch their antics!

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  15. You have amade yourself a lovely sanctuary- I wish I had a fened off area just for myself. I keep begging for a pergola...to no avail. SIGH> Have a blessed day.

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    1. I love my little patio (well, not so little) more than I did a big yard

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  16. What a peaceful retreat you have created, Brenda.

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    1. I'd like to get a Japanese Maple later on. But I love my new little tree!

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  18. When I first saw your lovely new tree I thought it was a type of Ginkgo tree which you later confirmed in a comment response. I love it and especially the shape of the leaves. You see a lot of Ginkgo leaf patterns in art work these days. My first thought for a name was "Joy" because this tree has brought you such joy and I'm sure it will in the coming years. Many like the name "Jade" and I think that is a nice name as well. I know you will name this lovely addition something that feels right to you. Enjoy it and have a peaceful Sunday Brenda!

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  19. It all looks so peaceful and lovely!

    Blessings~

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  20. My Winston is 3/4 yorkie and loves the squirrels too. Your patio is so lovely. Jade would be a terrific name for your tree. What are you going to put on the big stump? An old wash bucket would be nice.

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  21. I think you patio looks lovely. What a lovely retreat to enjoy the beauty of nature and birdsong.

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  22. I immediately thought of Jade as the name for your tree and I see others here think that is a good name as well. :-)

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  23. I think just Jade for a name?

    Since my son and his pup moved in I've stopped feeding squirrels.

    Koopa goes TOO beserk seeing them outside on the porch...not that he'd hurt them but the barking and all...just too much.

    Meanwhile the CAT has layed down the law INSIDE the house and this 70 lb. pit bull 2 year old knows that the 6-7 lb. 12-13 year old CAT is his boss. She is just fearless, and a bitch, lol. And she's won.

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    1. How funny! Charlie is afraid of Abi, but I don't let her bully him.

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  24. Wow! I love these pictures with the greens and pots along the fence. Beautiful!

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    1. I love to take photos from all angles. Sometimes I find a view I hadn't thought of!

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  25. I was going to suggest you name your tree Hope because, to me, she is a symbol of hope. A reminder that no matter what we face we can and must hold on to hope. Hope for resolution, peace and joy wherever we land. I think when we lose hope that is the beginning of our death--symbolically or in reality.

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    1. Hope is what we must hold onto. It keeps us going.

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  26. I was going to suggest you name your tree Hope because, to me, she is a symbol of hope. A reminder that no matter what we face we can and must hold on to hope. Hope for resolution, peace and joy wherever we land. I think when we lose hope that is the beginning of our death--symbolically or in reality.

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  27. I am spoilt where I live at the moment, surrounded by birds and trees I call it my place of healing... there's just something about nature.

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    1. In my younger years, I did not realize how wonderful nature was. But now, at 60, I live every day to see it.

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  28. I like the name Hope for your tree.. as you said it was a king of new beginning for you, getting the old trees cut down and the fence fixed, etc.... hope for good things to come, etc. I like the name Hope or Joy. I may have put it down at the end of the patio where they cut the other trees down, but I can see why you want to be able to see it out your patio doors too. It will look so pretty in the Fall. Maybe another one for down at the other end? Enjoy the cooler weather. We have some here in Oregon and it is so nice.. I even enjoyed the rain we had! Marilyn

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    1. I have the tree here temporarily so I can remember to water it. I'll move it later.

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  29. That Charlie is such a curious pup-just love him!

    Jane

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    1. Abi is only curious what I'm doing and whether it looks like I might be preparing to go somewhere. She even follows me to the bathroom so I'm never out of her sight.

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  30. My vote is for "Jade" as well. Carol

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