Friday, May 03, 2019

This is getting to be a habit

Another Friday, another once-a-week post. That's still far better than my dressage blog; I went six weeks between posts there! Ah well, I don't think anyone is giving out performance evaluations. 😉

There's been more weeding, gardening, riding, spinning . . . but unfortunately, no more fleece harvesting – yet. I'm hoping to catch up on the reserved fleeces on Sunday, then keep working steadily (ha!) to harvest the rest and get them advertised.

The weather is truly alarming. It is much too soon to look and feel this much like summer; area hay is going to be weeks early. But if you can't beat it, you might as well grow food, right? So yesterday I bought garden starts – tomatoes (Super Bush, Sweet 100, Heirloom Yellow Pear), eggplant (Japanese Long), peppers (Red Beauty, Valencia Orange, Sweet Banana), cucumbers (Patio Snacker, Lemon), kale (Redbor) – and got them all in the ground today. Then I pulled more rhubarb so I can make a rhubarb cake for our supper tonight, and plucked a couple of leaves from Rick's row of lettuces to snack on. Imagine my surprise when I realized that he had inadvertently planted two varieties of kale – he hates kale! (One plant's leaf was rather 'hairy' so it may be some other kind of green, but it's definitely not lettuce.) Rick was dismayed to learn that I'd bought some kale starts; now I'll have plenty – ha! I just hope our well holds up to an extended watering season on top of the ever-increasing development on our hill....
The garden on April 26; lots of weeds along with Rick's lettuce, onions & peas
The garden on May 1; yay – Rick weeded what he planted!

The garden today, after I planted all the starts I bought yesterday

My herb barrel is flourishing

The flowering cherry at its peak (now the petals are faded and dropping)

My baby fig tree is leafing out; we need to decide where to plant it
The smaller lilac bush is blooming; the bigger one is toast

My weeding 'helper'

I got the bed to the right of the stairs grubbed out

Rick has mowed twice now

We are being overrun by beautiful eggs
Eat that grass while you can, girls!

This morning's bluebird of happiness
Spotted this gorgeousness on a ride through the woods
Chuckie is back to his engaged and charming self. He still favors his right front foot, but it isn't slowing him down now. I have some cute photos of him, and some of the dogs (speaking of slowing down), but I think I'll put those in a separate post and maybe schedule it for tomorrow in case I don't have time to post for another week. I'll end with recent sunrises and sunsets I haven't had a chance to share yet. I'm not always up in time to see the sunrise these days, but we've had a couple of occasions that required it.

These three were taken at sunrise on April 22:

These two were taken on a sunset horseback ride on April 26:

On May Day, I was up early enough to catch the moonrise AND the sunrise:

That's it for now from . . .


Michelle said...

First comment.

wyomingheart said...

Love those sunrise - sunset photos! Stunning!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I took photos the other day to cover several posts...and still don't have them off the camera. I hate that we aren't winning any awards for consistency these days :-(.

wisps of words said...

LOVE moon set and sun rise photos!!!!!!!!!!

Hahhhh, he planted the wrong item. But I guess you like it. :-)

Weeded gardens, lovely sight!

Mama Pea said...

We're all entering into our busier part of the year so no need to apologize for not posting as often as you might like.

Your garden looks great, absolutely great. Even though a mite heavy on the kale. (Ahem.) Hope your hubby can keep helping out there.

The picture of your sheep looks like a bunch of burritos. (Stuffed with what I'm not sure.)

Jeanne said...

You're going to have a great garden! I look forward to the next pictures!

Jeanne said...

Great pictures!

This weekend was the annual tree planting celebration here in our town!

Retired Knitter said...

That Chuckie. I am glad he is doing better but it would be nice to know what the heck happened to him.

Claire MW said...

Your garden is looking great. Here, our buds on the trees are not yet opening although there is a touch of green to some areas of the grass. It has a long way to go yet. I saw a hardy fig at the garden centre a couple of weeks ago, that is apparently hardy to zone 5, which is my zone. Not sure if I want to risk it though. In your zone, I definitely would!