Even though I know that I can take a walk in the woods on a winter day and see robins, spotting them in my backyard is much more satisfying. They have not been amenable to being photographed, nor have the redwing blackbirds and blue jays. But the sparrows are.
Yesterday I started some seeds for cilantro, basil, parsley, zinnia, and calendula. The last in that list is defined as a "hardy seeding annual" which I assume means once it is planted, it will keep coming up year after year. Sounds like a good candidate for the meadow.
And that is as close to gardening as I have come so far in 2011.