The rain has finally subsided for a few days! I am overjoyed! So overjoyed that I actually acquiesced to a bike ride with the hubby and kids (in the bike trailer) today. It was beautiful. If only it was summer in Portland all the time.
Anyway, this was a garden update! I was talking to a friend the other day, as we played in the park on a rather partly cloudy and sixty-five degree day, that maybe this year isn’t quite as bad as last year as far as rain goes. My roses are not molding. But, it is rose festival time and do I have even one rose blossom? Not a one. So, they aren’t moldy, but they are just non-existent. But, the irises are coming in! Remember that we planted a TON of irises last year after the birth of Miss Nancy Iris? Here’s the first of them about to bloom! I’m so excited to see them. I don’t even remember what colors we planted!
I have pretty much all of my vegetables in the garden now. There are carrots (seedlings are just starting to show up), kale (a new veggie… I’m hoping to make kale chips that the girls will love), brussels sprouts, swiss chard, lettuce, cucumbers, squashes, zucchini, pumpkins, green and yellow beans, and Clara also convinced me to plant corn, which should be exciting. I got rid of all of my sunflowers last year because they were a pain in the butt to try to keep standing come late summer, but preschool sent home some seeds to plant, so I guess we’ll have some of those as well. I also planted some peas and tomato plants around the patio, in hopes that the hotter spot will get me more tomatoes (although it can’t get much worse than last year).
Oh! And my chives are back and blooming. I just love chive blossoms.
The chickens are finally all living together outside in the hen house. It was a little rocky there for a while. I had the little chicks in a chicken annex run outside every day for a month before I actually tried to put them all together. The first time didn’t take. Curry tried to peck their eyes out. So then I let them free range together for a few days and finally just locked them all together at night fall. They survived. And it only took a month of that for the big chickens to let the little ones roost near them.
Here’s Clucky, a beautiful Americauna. I just love her coloring.
And here’s Sugar, a Buff Orpington.
And the big girls, Buffalo, an Australorp, and Curry, a Buff Orpington.