It’s really JUNE 2018??? I thought sure that May would slink by slowly and it rained most every day leaving us with a total of six inches in the rain gauge. May was wet but beauty abounded on our farm and I’m going to show you just a touch of it!!
I’ve worked hard since moving here 15+ years ago to have an ever-blooming yard of color. I think it’s been worth the hard work and determination. I’m including some more of the beauty that is showing now.
But we can’t forget the natural beauty out in the fields!
Go for a walk every chance you get and enjoy the beauty provides us everyday!
Yesterday was the first pretty day I’ve had in over a week without the wind trying to blow me off the mountain!!! Hubby was turkey hunting and our daughter was working on the yard at her new house so I decided to tackle the rest of our yard and it was bad!
I started raking around 1:00, I think, and finished about two hours later. I hauled my big wheelbarrow away with six packed-down loads. Now the entire yard has been cleaned up and I’m ready for some gorgeous flowers to brighten my life!!
I slept late this morning and didn’t get up until 7:45 so started breakfast pretty quick. I think a good breakfast starts the day out right. We had waffles and link sausage and cantaloupe. After breakfast I washed up the dishes, made the bed and turn on the computer. I turn it on and walk away when I have things I want to get done because I can get wrapped up in it pretty quick and lose track of time.
The cookie tins were depleted this weekend so the first thing I did was fill up one tin with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and the other with Snickerdoodles.
After these were in the tins and the mess cleaned up, hubby asked Heather and I to go to the back fields and count the fall calves and see if we thought we should send them on to the market. We did this and checked them all out for pinkeye or other abnormalities and found none.
Heather helped me pull two large baskets of grass for the rabbits and I cleaned out their cages and made sure they had enough water, grain and sunflower seeds and then she headed home.
I came in fed Sassy her lunch and headed to the henhouse to check on the water, feed and sitting hen situation. I have a ISA Brown hen and a Sexlink hatching this weekend. I testing something I read last year about the shape of eggs can determine the sex of the chicks the hens hatch. More on that later!!
I filled up the lawn mower and mowed the inside yard and waiting for the sun to cool off before finishing. I would like to get all of the trimming done before the showers move in tonight. Then I dead-headed all of the roses. They’ve been so beautiful this year.
Now it’s time to fix some supper but hubby won’t be out of the hayfield for probably another hour or so and I have plenty of time. We’re having fried turkey biscuits, potato salad, green beans and cantaloupe.
It’s been a productive day but cookie baking took most of the morning! I hope everyone has had a very good day!
Few words and lots of photos of this years rose garden that I am so proud of. I thought I had lost most of the new roses I planted in 2014 due to the horribly cold weather we had but low and behold here’s what I’m singing praises for.
The rain and wind has battered them today so this evening after the storm passed through I trimmed off all the dead blooms, cut a vase for the kitchen table and now I’ll wait for them to all rebloom (I hope)!!
I truly love roses and am trying so hard to make them grow and survive our mountain farm. In the spring I found a wonderful buy at Breck’s for five roses for $19.99 and they were bare root roses. When they arrived they were already showing lots of new growth but I was afraid to plant them because we were still getting freezing temps day and night several days in a row. Finally in early May, hubby helped me dig the holes and we put them in the ground with two tablespoons of epsom salts and lots of water.
I watered them every day May through mid-June and we started getting some rain. Now I water them thoroughly once or twice a week depending on the rain. They are doing quite well and all but one has bloomed and it’s still sprouting new growth. I’m watching it carefully and giving it lots of love! Here’s proof of the blooming:
Now, I started this post in June and here it is the 8th of August and (more about that later) here’s what my beautiful roses have done all summer:
I’m dealing with some japanese beetles and some black spot which seems to be worse with all the rain we’re getting but I’m thrilled I’ve kept them alive, they’re blooming and so beautiful. I just have to keep them through the winter. New post coming with the rest of the flowers flourishing this summer!!
No words, just the beauty of my photos, says enough I think!
Mother’s day hanging table
Peonies and Iris
Hostas & geraniums
Locust post birdhouse
Peonies and Iris
White rose (old)
Red Rose (old)
I have two of these in the yard and I can cut them back to a foot tall and by June they’re back full of green, pink and white. It’s so pretty and covers the ground at the yard entrance with rose petals all summer.
One of my first posts was about the disaster I had last year with my flower beds and the nasty “Weed & Feed” junk that I killed EVERYTHING with. Well, God has blessed me with a few more brains this year and I decided to post some of the flower results this year has given and their not even half to capacity yet. No more talk, just photos:
Enough for today! I’ll do a follow up post when the yard is in full bloom. The hostas and daylilies survived the torture I put them through last year and the old roses made a come back but the new one’s I’m afraid are gone forever!