Today is the “Last Day of Winter”. We really didn’t have much winter this year. Warm, a lot of rain, and very little snow. Images today of Purple Crocus flowers, Daffodils, and Forsythia. Last spring I planted a row of Forsythia along the road. Unfortunately, the local deer did a lot of nibbling and only a few of the plants survived. I should have installed an electric fence earlier. ARRG!!!
Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter Gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.
Daily Electric Energy Used (61.2 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (60.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Sunny most of the day. All most self-sufficient with a deficit of only 0.7 kWh.
Outdoor Wintertime Nature in New Jersey. Signs of Spring.
When I woke up this morning, one of the “Images of the Day” that came up on my Echo Show was of a Purple Crocus flower. I went online to check the date, and found that the image was posted eight years ago 17-February-2012. After the sun came up, and it was warmer outside I went searching and found the Purple Crocuses had bloomed overnight. I didn’t see them the day before.
Daily Electric Energy Used (67.7 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (49.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun and warmer so the Geothermal HVAC didn’t have to work as hard. Still a deficit of 18.3 kWh.
There are plants and flowers that the deer don’t like — daffodils, dandelions, purple crocus, wild violets, and Pieris japonica. I have just planted a number of forsythia and lilac bushes. I hope the deer stay away from them. The flowers in the trees (cherry, plum, and maple) are high enough so the deer are not able to reach. The vegetable garden, tulips and other flowers that I need to worry about are behind an electric fence to deter the deer.
Daily Power Use (61.6 kWh) and Solar Production (63.6 kWh) from Sense.
Purple Crocuses and Dandelions are blooming. The crocuses are a bit late, but were only planted a few weeks ago. I stored the bulbs over the winter in the garage where they got enough cold storage so they would bloom this spring. Click on the crocus for more views. The dandelions are native — and the deer ignore them. The slide show examines the impact of depth of field (f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, and f/16). Bjorn is making lots of progress clearing brush and removing the downed tree limbs from the backyard.
Daily Power Use (55.5 kWh) and Solar Production (79.3 kWh) from Sense.