In spite of summer not quite making more than a passing appearance here so far (we’ve had several cool days in a row), and a lack of rain, we’ve got color breaking out everywhere! This is our third spring in our new home, and it seems like new things are still popping up here and there. I don’t remember these pretty little pink flowers from last year, and I also don’t know what they are.
Pink and purple seems to be the theme right now. I thought our chickens had killed all of our phlox next to the house, since they chose that as a favorite dust bath area last fall, but a few of them did come back!
When we first moved in, my hubby had to cut back the rhododendron bush which was growing right into the house and causing the siding to get mildewed. He cut it back to almost nothing, but it has come back and we even got some blossoms on it this year!
I think some of our readers had expressed that bleeding hearts were one of their favorite flowers, and we have them in a few places around the barn garden:
These pretty irises have shown up in several different places. We had a few last year, but they have definitely spread a lot.
As you can see, the chickens have been able to get some free range time, and they are quite happy when they do.
As long as we can be outside to keep an eye on things, and are making some noise, we let them out.
The good thing with the chickens is that we can easily bribe them back into their run when we need to. Last winter we bought expensive dried worms (we got a good deal on a case of them though), which they love. However, as it turns out, we found out – guess what – bread works just as well! They go nuts for plain old bread. My hubby can get the older bread at work for free, and we even get a good organic bread for them! It even works for the guinea hens sometimes, but they are a bit harder to get in before dusk.
Lastly, one of my girlfriends and I spent a fun few hours painting these flags on old pallets this week.
Have you ever seen them, or are these a NH/New England thing? I’d always see these at people’s houses and wanted one for ours. My friend felt the same, and we decided to make our own. It turns out it’s pretty easy, and we painted a half dozen and hope to even sell some of them. A lot of people have used pallets hanging around their house because they get pellets for their pellet stove delivered on them. My hubby uses them to stack wood on to dry, and I think I’m in trouble for stealing all those to paint! 🙂 It’s OK, we’ll find more, and if we can actually sell any, I’m going to paint more too.
Things are just getting started here, so we’ll have a lot more flowers to share over the summer. I had a couple others I had wanted to share today, but we did finally get some much-needed rain for a couple days, and it left some flowers looking a bit bedraggled! That was a small price to pay to finally get some water to the gardens, especially for the vegetables that are just starting. We spent a full day planting last weekend, and I’ll be adding just a few more things this coming one. I love an excuse to get out in the fresh air and sunshine, and the weather might be finally warming up some (but hopefully not too much!).
Hope you have an enjoyable weekend , with perfect weather too!
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