Spring Haircut!

We’ve sprung from a deep winter to early summer in a couple of weeks, and the grass is making up lost time. You could almost hear it growing over the past few days.

So, we’ve employed our man with the brush hog to for our spring haircut. He’s done a fantastic job and carefully mowed the grass, but left patches where there are Lily of the Valley, Ferns, Siberian Bugloss, day lilies and in full bloom now, Night Stocks.

Our inspection yesterday morning was a delight, the perfume of the Night Stocks and freshly mowed grass was a pleasure to inhale.

This mow costs $200 a time and was paid for by Mike Caswell & Doug Kucmerowski (from Brockport).

We anticipate we’ll need to do this a couple more times, but Fairport residents need to chip in here. It’s too much to expect us to carry a $600 cost.

So, come on folks. If you use the Oxbow, for walking your dog, strolling, fishing etc. chip in $5 or $10 to help us out here please.

Here’s our GOFUNDME web page.

Many thanks

We look forward to seeing down the Oxbow!

A Host of Golden Daffodils!

We planted several hundred Daffodil bulbs last fall and this spring, and over the past few days, they are just beginning to flower.  There are a few places still to burst out, but I expect the next few warm days will help them. The last couple of weeks of April should be when The Oxbow is at its prime for daffodils.

We have also replanted several spots with Snowdrops.

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Does anyone know what these little white ground covering flowers are?

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These blue flowers are perennials too, and have bulbs. Does anyone know what they are?

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IMG_0307Join the Erie Canal Neighbors Association and help us look after The Oxbow.

Plants needed. If you have perennials to dispose of, please let us know. Email us here please

 

White Deer! The perfect camo – for winter!

This morning, I had a phone call from a close neighbor. He said, “Take a look out of your window, there is a white deer in your back yard!”

And sure enough, there was!   Just look!

Has anyone else seen this guy? Perhaps he should become the Fairport Village mascot?

What should we call him?  Put your answers below.

Clean up cancelled!

In view of the current pandemic, we will not be able to group up for our annual clean up of The Oxbow!

But, there is no reason for you to stop visiting and doing some work on your own or with your children and spouse.

As you can see here, someone has been busy routing through the woods and shoreline. It still amazes me how much debris is still around. I found two tires today, but they need digging out when I get time.

One job folks can do is to “Pick Up Sticks’ . There are lots of them around, so plenty to do. I’ve been placing them in piles in the woods, and as you can see, over the past couple of years, they have grown quite large.

My dogs, Barkley (the best dog in the world-) and Morgan (hmmmm!) are looking into one pile here because some furry friend has made a den there. So these woodpiles provide cover and will encourage animals to stay here.

We could do with some leaf raking too, so I can plant more seeds and make flower beds. Lets make this a haven for birds, butterflies and bees.

Please come down and spend a couple of hours helping out, but be safe – practice ‘social distancing please!

It’s SPRUNG!

Spring that is! and to prove it, we have flowers!  With many more to come.

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Snowdrops are one of the first to burst forth and we have several spots where they are spreading well. I’ve dug up quite a few from this patch and transplanted them throughout our park. Hopefully there will be many more next year to welcome the Spring.

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Remnants of the cottages gardens occasionally show themselves with a crocus here and there. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many of them.  I think I should move them into one area where they will not be so lonely looking.

Look out for the many patches of daffodils about to bloom next week. We planted hundreds!

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Unfortunately, we still have not removed all the Amur Honeysuckle bushes, and they are beginning to sprout now. I find I can often pull these Illegal invasive species out of the ground as they are shallow rooted.   More work needed to rid the area of these invaders.

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Last year, several people were seen picking the daffodils and perennials we planted. It’s disheartening to see a disregard for other people’s work or enjoyment. So, we’re posting these notices around the Oxbow.

If you have any perennial plants you wish to donate, please let us know by email admin (@) ecna.us

 

Rob Sundell’s Oxbow Photos

I met Robert Sundell today for the first time as I was walking my dogs along my favorite stretch of the canal. Of course, Barkley rushed to welcome him, tail wagging and acting like the small child he sometimes can be.

We chatted for a while about the great state of this new trail, and I was delighted that he’d noticed all the flowers we planted last year. (It’s going to be a lot more spectacular this spring. Watch this space!

Robert told me he was an amateur photographer and he had thousands of photos of the Oxbow. I was quick to ask him to share them, and he sent me four to start. I think they are spectacular, and hopefully, we’ll see lots more.

Red Tail Hawk – our new resident

Spotted yesterday by the stream. It seems this fellow has its favorite perch in this area. I was able to get up fairly close and he displayed his orange tail as he landed.

A few minutes later he swooped down and caught a vole. I was directly under him and he couldn’t have cared less about me. I think he likes The Oxbow now all the ragweed has gone, he can see his prey easier.