Yep, us 5th graders had a garden treat today. Well, actually, we had 18 garden treats…we found snake eggs!!! Ms. D removed the small pile of pine straw in the corner of the rectangle flower bed of lilies and cannas. And there they were in a small pile. 18 small oval white eggs! Cool and weird and scary all at the same time. None of us had seen snake eggs before in person.
At first, someone asked what bird laid 18 eggs. Then someone asked what turtle laid them. Ms. D told us that they were snake eggs and that she would call a reptile expert to see what to do with them.
K., K., N., and T. almost finished the compost bin. Mr. D will place the wire around the 4 sides for us and we lost 1 hinge set. So we asked Ms. D if he could also fix that part. But, all agreed it looked great and we still cannot believe that it took us 3 weeks to build it.
A barrel was used by L., L., and C. to plant purple and white petunias and yellow and orange marigolds. They placed it on the opposite side of the 6th graders Circle of Life. There are 2 Knock-out rose bushes between the 2 circles.
T. also planted a pink hyacinth plant in the perennial flower raised bed. It looked great with the peach colored lily and the purple verbena and the orange daylily. And it smelled so good.
We also planted 2 fountain butterfly plants that Ms. D gave us from her home garden. She said that the blooms are different from the butterfly bush blooms that we already have in our butterfly garden. The fountain bush bloom is a long straight stem of little purple blooms. We can’t wait to compare the 2 different blooms. What fun it will be watching the butterflies and hummingbirds at 2 different bushes!
We all also pitched in and helped with THE mulch pile. Thank goodness for our wheelbarrow. We also helped in weeding around the raised beds.
We also watched a female bluebird at the nearby bluebird house. When we monitored it for the NestWatch last week, we noticed that she had laid 5 eggs in it. We don’t want to disturb her this week. We stayed as far away as possible from the house.
C. and T. set up a trellis for the yellow climbing rose bush and a trellis for the yellow Carolina Jasmine. We wanted to have matching trellises to be on the sides of the garden bench. It was hard at first trying to get the trellises to be level and straight because of the rocks underground. But the rain from yesterday helped us with putting the trellises in the ground.
Another treat for sure was watching a Great Blue Heron fly overhead. Ms. D pointed it out to us and we all stopped to watch it. We could see that it flapped its wings slower than our resident red-tailed hawk. We also saw what its long legs looked like when it flew. We hoped that it was flying to our neighborhood park where there is a creek.