It’s still busy, busy around here! Planting is underway but not quite finished. The weather has been uncooperative, but with three days of sunshine and warmth promised now, the goal is to have everything in the ground by the end of the weekend! I did find some time on a finally sunny afternoon to get out my camera and take some photos of the beauty Mother Nature has given us this late spring/early summer around the farm.
As promised, I was able to get a shot of the lady slippers in bloom! I was afraid I’d miss them during the rainy weather, but they have been blossomed for about a week now. Several are right along our trail that I hadn’t seen before, and I counted a total of 11 flowering!
The apple trees are in full bloom!
I almost missed the lilacs, they were just starting to go by. My favorite part of lilacs is cutting off some of the flowers to bring into the house. They smell so heavenly! I’m even working on a spring/lilac scent for my skin care products. I know I can never capture it perfectly though!
The farm birds love dandelions!!
Luke shows you the pretty purple flowers around our patio. I think I identified them at one point, but now I can’t remember what they are!
Last but not least, our rhododendrons. When we first bought this house, this bush was growing right into the side of it, and our contractor told us it had to go, or it would ruin our siding. The Dadz cut it way back, but it is recovering, as you can see. But the good news about this is that it is now growing AWAY from the house, so we’ll be able to keep it!
We did not forget we need to show you how the chicks are growing like little weeds! They will be headed out to the big coop probably in the next week or so. They are 4 weeks old now, and we’re just waiting for their feathers to come in all the way and/or for the nights to be a bit warmer. It’s difficult to get good photographs because they are always on the move! I did get a few though, and we’ll share some more next week. These were the best group shots, with all but about two visible.
The other problem with trying to get good photos is that when I open the cage door, they want to come out!
What’s in bloom or new in your neck of the woods?
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