Friday night I saw Joss Whedon’s newly released film version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (black and white, modern dress, modern sensibilities…except....) at Lincoln Center. Saturday I watched the DVD of Kenneth Branagh’s film version from 1993. Branagh also directed Thor (2011), which led me to my DVD of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers from last year. While I contemplate what to tell you about Whedon’s new film, I thought I’d bring you up to date on the garden. And the cats. And the squirrels.
I don’t expect any “squirrel-proof” bird feeder to be proof against New York City squirrels. Their ways with bird feeders are imaginative as well as intrusive. The birdfeeder hangs from a tree branch and even has a lid. Which is no obstacle to a New York squirrel, who just lifts the lid and digs in.
The “small or medium-sized rodent of the family Sciuridae” are tough, fearless, and smarter than I’d thought. You know those big tins that are given at holidays, usually full of pop corn, sometimes divided into three types? Well, I like tins and save them. For cookies, for popcorn, for anything. My winter scarves and shawls and gloves go in this one.
And for some reason, I decided to use this one outside to hold plastic bags of birdseed. Guess who’s smart enough to open it. Greedy little thieves.
|Watchful Wilbur and Millie|
The cats have been intent on the visiting birds as well as the resident squirrels who’ve ventured onto the garden shed to stare through the window. No, of course I don’t let them go out to run off the rodents. So they wait and they watch, they twitch their hind quarters, and then they nap.
|Wilbur is trapped|
|Chick is rapt|
This weekend in the garden: The hydrangea I planted last summer near my front window is taking well and blossoming.
The crookneck squash plant and the zucchini plant are both doing nicely out back,
Alas, the cucumber is not taking.
Finally, inside, my experiment with organic celery seems to be going well. I bought the organic celery at Whole Foods a few weeks ago, and then followed the instructions here: http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/growing-celery-indoors-never-buy-celery.html. Five days after “planting” the base in water and setting the bowl in the kitchen window, this is what I’ve got. It seems to be working. How cool is that!