Thursday, June 30, 2011

back from Portland

The yard has gone crazy since we left. Peonies,lobelia,iris and poppies are blooming everywhere. the potatoes are doing well and the peas are up. I have one tiny tomato on my old german tomato plant.
At Bear Creek Nursery in Stayton/Scio we bought 4 blueberry bushes,hebe, chocolate penstemon and assorted sedums. At the red barn we got a shitake mushroom kit.
I replaced our bell peppers plant and took the wall of waters off the tomatoes.
weeding is my new hobby every evening...grasses have taken over certain areas. Oh and I will be mowing for the next 3 days solid!

Chicken cam

Thursday, June 16, 2011

cold summer

So far...I am now hoping for a long autumn!
Went out this morn at 5:30 to check the yard, which is very wet,nearly froze in just a light sweater Tshirt combo.
Bill is up early making kielbasa sausage. Dogs are napping. Chickens need checking.
The corn is finally popping up and we may get some peas soon.
My little fushia plants look good for a change...they like this crappy weather!

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Bills corn

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

BLUE

The main color poking up this week is blue...lupines,iris and columbines. I do not think I will have my usual iris display this year.Some of my favorites are not sending up blooms at all . I did thin a bit last year which may be why.
We had a good rain yesterday and thunderstorms last night. This morning my sweats are a muddy mess after just a little walk around the yard.
I think I might remove the wall o waters this weekend and see how the tomatoes are on their own.
Bill has been furiously working on wood and is almost at the halfway mark for this coming winter.
Hamish (the big white dog) went out last night,headed down the front steps then heard one crack of thunder turned and ran back up the stairs. What a big baby!
This morning....Tapas is still in bed.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another 3day weekend

since I have to work next Saturday ... I though I would take another 3 day weekend to catch up on home and yard.
It helped.
We planted corn, Navy beans,yellow wax beans Moulin Rouge sunflowers, teddy bear sunflowers more basil, carrots,beets, zuchinni red onions.
I mowed and would again today but we are expecting thunderstorms today.
the columbines are blooming along with the creeping phlox. the first Iris are not far off.
The first Five chickens are doing well out in their coop. (Buff orpinton arucana rhode island red and barred rock) They seem to enjoy the sunny days and run back in the coop when the dogs come by. It is funny that the youngest wyndotte is now the second largest. The second batch of chicks are in the bathroom and if the weather stays warm will be in the coop 3 weeks from now.

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