Baby Robins, Cairns, Gardens and Whatnots

My sister and BIL also work here at the university…and yesterday my BIL called my sister to tell her to come down with her camera to see the baby robins at the AG College. So at lunch we went down (I always have my camera on me) and it didn’t take us long to find them. The nest is perched right above one of the doors in the breezeway…and how the heck that nest can still hold those four fat babies I will never know! Every time someone opened the door…their little beaks opened and were screaming for food. They’re so fat and cute. I have a feeling one or all will be pushed out pretty soon.

There is a gardener that took over the Medical School area and since he started, rock cairns have been popping up all over. Very cool. There are many times that a few of us would rather be out working with him than inside where we’re at. I’m very glad he’s up here…makes me smile whenever I see his handy work.

This was taken early this morning around 5:45 am…so the lighting isn’t the best.

Everyone is still growing in my backyard garden ~ I’m especially happy that the sugar peas are growing in the decomposed granite ~ I had run out of the double mix soil at the time of planting so I took a chance and planted the seeds anyhoo. I had my doubts…but they are thriving pretty dang well. When I was watering last night I started laughing to myself about the large raised bed…everything is in nice, neat, orderly rows. SO UNLIKE ME! Then I glanced over at the smaller bed and was somewhat relieved…beans, squash, romaine, spinach and peppers sorta all jumbled together. I guess as long as they are happily growing I shouldn’t mind if they like standing at attention all in a row. 🙂


The stick in the smaller bed is the walking stick I made at my niece’s birthday party out at Davis Creek Park.

Last weekend I made up Jerry Baker’s Veggie Vitalizer Tonic with beer, pepper/onion/mint juice, fish emulsion and dishwashing liquid. The pepper/onion/mint sure smelled good in the house, even my husband came sniffing in the kitchen asking what I was making. Not sure if “really out-of-the-ordinary tonic that packs a double punch: It’ll get your plants up and growin’ to new heights AND help repel nasty pests, too!’ is working or not as of yet. And I’m not sure what nasty pests it’s repelling, but I will tell you what it’s NOT Repelling…flies. Oh my! That stinky fish emulsion definitely brought out the flies. I’ll be trying the All-Season Clean-Up Tonic and the All-Season Green-Up Tonic next. And the Aphid Tonic on the plants out front.

Been flipping through the Bobby Flay Cooks Americancookbook that I picked up at a yard sale...another oh my! Great looking recipes. Wild Rice Tamales with Sage Butter, Tacos of BBQ Pork Loin with Roasted Red Potatoes and Tomatillo-Red Pepper Relish, Green Chile Bisque wi Toasted Corn Relish, Crunchy Three-Cabbage Slaw, Pumpkin Bread Budding with Molasses Whipped Cream...yum.

Here is a list of what is going on at the Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno for the month of June.

Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, June 7, 8am – Noon
Native and ornamental plant sale. Come early to have the best choice. Learn from botanical society members about the plants for the area. They sell tried and true plants and are priced right! This fundraiser is sponsored by the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society to benefit the May Arboretum. Organic brewed coffee will be for sale for you early birds!
May Arboretum Nursery & Burke Garden, RSR Park

Designing Butterfly Gardens
Wednesday, June 11, 6pm – 7pm & Saturday June 14, 9am – 10 am
Join Lainie Vreeland local garden expert, in a slide presentation and lecture to learn how to create and attract butterflies in your garden using perennials and annuals. Lainie will also discuss basic design principles and techniques used to attract these beauties of nature. On Saturday only, and after the presentation, Lainie will take you on a brief tour of the gardens.
Ranch House, RSR Park

Native Plant Identification
Wednesday, June 18th, 6pm – 7pm
Join Lynda Nelson, WashoeCounty Park Planner Project Coordinator, formerly the horticulturist for the May Arboretum in an hour long educational plant identification tour. With30 years of native plant experience, Lynda will show you native plants that survive in our area and ones that are used frequently with great success in landscapes. Don’t miss this summer evening of learning. Bring a camera, pad of paper and pencil for note taking.
May Arboretum Office RSR Park

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About sleepycathollow

I'm Michelle and live in Northern Nevada ~ beautiful mix of high desert and the Sierra. While I work at the University, I'd rather take pictures, play with fountain pensioned ink, garden, cook, craft and make quilts. :)
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5 Responses to Baby Robins, Cairns, Gardens and Whatnots

  1. Poor Mr. and Mrs. Robin! That’s a lot of mouths to feed!

    I love the cairns. Fantastic! They make me want to start piling some of out rocks.

  2. Duchess says:

    Just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your blog. It’s great to find a good local blog. 🙂

  3. Sue ~ after finding all those rocks in my yard from digging up those junipers I thought of all the cairns up here at work. So now I have them all over the front and back yard! LOL!

    Thank you Duchess!

  4. Cathy says:

    Do you have the recipe for the wild rice tamales? That sounds yummy! I was trying to find the recipe online, and your blog came up. Hoping you posted the recipe.

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