The yard and what’s growing

Look closely under the guarding gnome!!
Look closely under the guarding gnome!!

 

He's so cute!  He's guarding us and meets everyone at the front gate.  I hope he stays all summer.
He’s so cute! He’s guarding us and meets everyone at the front gate. I hope he stays all summer.

 

Here’s what’s blooming in the yard this week:

Hostas
Hostas
Peppermint rose
Peppermint rose
More hostas-the hummingbirds love these.
More hostas-the hummingbirds love these.
Bell flowers
Bell flowers
Lilies
Lilies

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Castor bean
Castor bean
hyacinth bean-getting a late start.
hyacinth bean-getting a late start.
The potted group-can't remember the name of the blooming flowers but they are so pretty.  I think it's like a miniature begonia or  double impatien.
The potted group-can’t remember the name of the blooming flowers but they are so pretty. I think it’s like a miniature begonia or double impatien.

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I can never remember the name of these but its a perennial and the leaves are like lambs ear or dusty miller but it's not either of those.
I can never remember the name of these but its a perennial and the leaves are like lambs ear or dusty miller but it’s not either of those.

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I took the herbs out of the clay pots that were hanging on the coal house because they just didn’t look healthy.  This year I tried putting them in larger pots but that didn’t help so I moved them in the yard in front of the corner flower bed.  We’ll see how they do!  There’s parsley, lemon balm, lime basil, cilantro, orange mint, peppermint, purple sage, lemon thyme, oregano, and cinnamon basil.  The oregano and lemon thyme look the worst but I’m hoping with a little loving care they’ll come back.

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I also harvested one batch of garlic and getting ready to start a new batch but have to kill the wire grass that the birds have so kindly planted in all my flower beds.  The garlic looks really good and now it’s drying before I store it.

Fresh garlic
Fresh garlic
Garlic pulled and ready to dry!
Garlic pulled and ready to dry!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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