Category Archives: Flowers

Spring is (almost) here!

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The last few days around the farm have been divine! It has been so warm that I happily wandered about without a coat – a heavy fleece jacket was all I needed! Yay!

Last evening, after my lesson was finished, I decided to rummage around in the flower bed nearest the front entrance… somewhere beneath the strange, alien weeds that grow during the winter (????) is a little section of Muscari (often referrered to as “Miniature Grape Hyacinth”). Guess what! There were beautiful little sprigs of newly sprouting bulbs! SPRING IS HERE!

I don’t believe what any weather man or almanac tells me (they are never right) – my little flowers are clear indicators that Spring is very much on its way in! Not to mention, my husband saw his first Robin yesterday (I didn’t see a Robin, but I¬†did see a nesting pair of Downy Woodpeckers while on the Flint River Trail walking). I’m smiling really big as I type this ūüôā

It’s raining today… which is okay. It gives me an opportunity to finish a few inside things that have been neglected since the pretty weather outside hit ūüôā Like, assembling the next-to-the-stove shelf that I decided to build from scratch. Heh.

Enjoy the beginnings of Spring!

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SUMMER HEAT!

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After what seemed like weeks of extra-soggy weather, I have been able to really get into the garden again this week! The radishes, lettuce, peas, carrots, onions and beets are all doing beautifully! I can’t wait to harvest the lettuce and radishes!

 

It is terribly hot today – the horses are sweating just standing in their paddocks. I am definitely sunburnt from the work we’ve put in the last few days!

 

I’ve spent some time “redesigning” the garden, from what it was in years past. We are installing “permanent” beds, which will be easier to maintain. Ideally. I was very disappointed that I killed off all of my tomato seedlings. I had to go to the nursery and pick up some started plants to have some for this year. We ended up with a yellow grape variety, “black prince”, heintz, early girl, and an unintended “chocolate cherry”… which, when combining the word “chocolate cherry” with tomato, kind of makes me gag. We shall see how that “whoops” turns out!

 

I just planted cucumbers under the trellis! Lemon cucumbers and “sugar crunch” cucumbers¬†– mmmmm! I was also lucky to find the eggplant varieties I was hoping to plant – “Rosa Bianca”, a pretty white-lavender variety that is supposed to have a less-bitter taste to it, and the standard “Black Beauty”. I have also planted purple bell pepper again, an early red bell, mammoth jalapenos (for poppers, of course), pablana peppers and sweet banana! Mmm.

 

Sadly, much of the garden is not truly organic – it was started under unknown circumstances at the greenhouses where I purchased them. I’m sure the process included non-organic fertilizer – but, at least from this point on they are organic!

Whoo hoo!

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Yesterday it was nice enough outside to go out into the garden and get some work done! Not much, but I did succeed in separating last year’s garlic and transplanting it. I also planted two rows of basil at the far end of the tomato box – a lovely mix of lemon basil, purple basil, Genovese basil and others.

I also set out the plants that were started in our bathroom “grow house” – giant pumpkin, 3 varieties of tomato, bell pepper, marigolds, malva and aster. I set them in the barn aisle, so that they were not in direct sun or wind – I did leave them out there overnight (doors closed, of course) so they’d acclimate to the cooler weather. The pumpkins were looking wilty this morning and the marigolds were kind of leaning. Hopefully they’ll come back around once they are transplanted in the fertile, horse manure-laced soil outside!

Here is a quick look at some of what has been happening in the garden:

A purple coneflower (echinacea) nestled against a border of German chammomile.

 

Snap peas sprouting adjacent to our wedding trellis.

 

The surprise peony! Growing in the middle of a group of Iris!

 

The transplanted garlic, at the near end of the tomato box... mmmm! My fave!

 

Additionally, the hens have been laying about 9 eggs per day, including 2-3 pretty blue-green Aracauna eggs! We collect our eggs daily and they go straight to the refrigerator. On the days we forget, the eggs go to the garbage… better safe than sorry!

Garden planning, etc…

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I am just so excited and anxious about this year’s garden. I desperately want our home-started heirloom seeds to survive until we can harvest lots of yummy treats from them!

I think that my “to do” for tomorrow is going to include going into the mucky garden and trying to rake up some of the unwanted weeds that survived through the winter.

I’ve been racking my brain, trying to recall all of the perennials that I planted last year, and I was excited to go out to the garden and find the “reminder” skeletons of all of the beautiful plants that we had.

The rhubarb is starting to sprout! Beautiful, bright¬†pink “balls” of leaves are sprouting! The¬†Garlic Chives are also sprouting – they look like¬†a bunch of bean sprouts!¬†Other perennials in our farden include Thyme, Creeping Lemon Thyme, Provence Lavender, Hidcote Lavender, Pineapple Sage, Tri-Color Sage, Oregano, Mint (spearmint and peppermint, cleverly tucked into their own pots to prevent and overgrowth), Lemon Balm (for¬†tea), Chamomile,¬†Bee Balm, Purple Cone Flowers, Shasta Daisy, Purple Penstemmon, Irises, Grape Vines, etc. ¬†

New perennials to the garden this year? Striped Malva, and a variety of gorgeous peonies! I love peonies! I started seeds of pretty, unique creamy white marigold seeds, and they have turned our bathroom into a grow-light mini-jungle!

This year’s garden is involving much more thought and planning. I am analyzing where things are more, considering moving some things – not just for aesthetic purposes, but also for practical reasons! The marigolds are not just for beauty, but also to help keep pests away from the tomatoes – apparently bugs don’t like the scent! Not only are we going to¬†have a functioning garden, we are going to have one that is colorful and vibrant!