Saturday, April 30, 2011

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.  -  Anonymous

A PEEK OF PERI!

Who can resist the sweet Vinca Minor more commonly known as PeriWinkle.  It is a delightful ground cover that puts on a beautiful display of delicate periwinkle blue flowers covering evergreen leaves. Mine is located at the front of our property in the first bed I created.  This pic shows the periwinkle tucking itself inside the tangled looking stump left behind after a beautiful, old and very large Maple tree decided that it had been upright long enough and simply lay itself down across our driveway in a very quiet manner.  I must say that we were surprised and devastated.  Of course it was rotten from the inside out, as is usually the case with these old maples, so we have another interesting large piece of wood left behind for plants to ramble on and small creatures to move in to. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP!

More babies arrived today!  The darling Polish with their little cotton topped heads along with the Penadasenca joined the three Americaunas.  The original three had no idea what to think of this and huddled together in the corner of the crate probably thinking safety in numbers.  After a bit of settling in however, they all began to intermingle and are now one happy flock.  I currently have 13 chicks, more than I ideally would like but I have to factor in possible loss of babies and too many roosters.  It has been a lot of fun watching "chicken TV" and seeing them work out their social order.  Below are pics of each of the breeds. Polish, Penadasenca and the one week old Americauna.  I hope you enjoy their sweet little faces as much as I do.



Monday, April 11, 2011

TRILLIUM TIME AGAIN

When I first started my blog last year one of the first pictures I posted was that of the early spring wild Trillium that graces us with it's presence annually.  As I mentioned last year it is a native wildflower that if picked, the plant will die.  It is such a beautiful delicate looking flower.  The more we clean out the wooded areas of our property, the more Trillium appear.  First a single flower and as the years progress the flowers spread,  I have clumps of Trillium as well as the single flowers.  They stand out against the bright spring green that all of the rain here in the Pacific Northwest brings us.  It has been such a dreary and wet early spring this year that the bright white of the Trillium really shines and brings great joy and hope.  They never fail to make me smile inside.


THE FIRST OF THE FLOCK!

I am very excited to introduce to you the very first members of my first flock of chickens.  These little girls are the Americauna breed and when grown will give me beautiful blue eggs.  They are just darling with lovely markings on their heads and around their eyes.  It is so much fun to watch them and marvel at the instincts that they were born with.  Once they settled in and were no longer stressed, they ate, drank, scratched and preened.  When chilly they go under the warmth of the red light and when too warm they retreat to the edges.  Today they were feeling very confident and ventured out of the crate they are housed in to check things out  (with my supervision of course).  I try to hold them three times a day for just a few seconds each so that they become comfortable with human contact and hopefully will not be fearful and act out.  The remaining flock will arrive this Friday, 4 Padacasencas, 5 blue white crested polish.  These last two breeds are "straight run" so I am sure to have a couple of roosters.  Hooray!  I have always wanted a big beautiful rooster.
Look for more postings in the "peep show" category in the future.  I'm sure there will be lots to share.