Well, it rained again last night, and there are thunderstorms and torrential rain scheduled for this afternoon, not terribly convenient as we are going to a commitment service of two friends, with an outdoor reception afterwards…which, I assume, will be transferred to the church hall!
But for right now, though overcast, there is a little breeze, which is keeping the bugs down. I spent part of the morning transferring the turkeys to their new pen, out of their nursery, then came inside, wet and filthy and smelly, got cleaned up, and answered my email. Then, I decided it was a good day to go take some photos of some of the bounty around this place. First, my perennial garden…
A daylily in bloom, one of many varieties, whose name I have long since forgotten. Some I remember,some I don’t…oh, well…I keep promising myself to get better, more permanent markers for them, but I never seem to be in the right place at the right time…
Some phlox, again, one of many varieties…I didn’t buy this one; someone gave them to me years and years ago, and they didn’t come with a name.
Red monarda (bee balm)…with some filipendula in the background. I love it when a second monarda flower grows out of the middle of the first. Did you know that filipendula is a precursor to aspirin? That if you ache, you can make a tisane out of the leaves and drink it? Or so I remember from the herbalism course I took. My friend, Pam, just gave me a bit of variegated leaf, white filipendula…quite lovely.
Ligularia–the Rocket. I first learned about these in an Alan Bloom book on perennials maybe 25 years ago, and have had some ever since. I like them a lot.
The turkeys in their new pen, trying out the roost, exploring the grass, looking for bugs. One of them has already “flown the coop” and is wandering around in the ram pen. Theoretically, when he wants dinner, he’ll come home.
Cicero (coopworth, just part of a brown lump at the far upper left, and Frodo (jacob) rest while Gandalf comes over to see what I’m up to.
My very limited, very haphazard attempts at gardening this year (and always) are producing some hubbard squashes, two here pictured. (Now, I doubt very much I’ll EAT them, as I’m not a squash fan in general, but who knows. After all, I’m now making and eating butternut squash and potimarron squash soups, so maybe I’ll advance to whatever one does with hubbard squash. If not, my neighbor, Dottie, will be happy to have them, and I can say I grew hubbard squash. The potimarron and butternut squash seeds were planted later, are just starting to flower.
Then, in contrast, there’s the order and preciseness of John’s garden. Why, he even knows where he planted what! Showing here are the asparagus, long since gone and now going to seed, beans (variety: Jade. This row will produce enough before frost for me to can 50 quarts and freeze another 25 quarts or so for my son and family, and probably give away a significant amount. Jade is a marvelous variety. John discovered it years ago,and it’s all we grow now. Very disease resistant, very prolific, very tasty.) and tomatoes, which he’s working on in the photo. You’ll notice there aren’t many weeds. He’s out there every day weeding and picking bugs off. What you can’t see are the beets, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, carrots, lettuces, radishes and melons…I think that’s it, oh, no, lima beans as well…I guess I’ll have a lot of “putting food by” to do later this summer, into the fall.
Elizabeth Ann Fischer, my dog, walks with me up from the front where the gardens are, to the back, where the pigs are. Lately, I’ve begun to hope that Lizzie is finally becoming civilized. She’s coming when called, behaving, and even helped me corral a little ram lamb who stayed behind when I moved the sheep pasture yesterday. She’ll never be a Margaret, but she’s growing into a very nice Lizzie, finally.
Jack and Jill, up on the hill…they are getting big, especially Jack. This year, instead of two girls, we tried one girl and one castrated boy. Matt assures me there will be no boar taint because he’s castrated, and he will yield more meat. More meat, I can guarantee. He’s already MUCH bigger than she is. They are happy in their large area behind the house, with room to run and root, and play.
Last stop, over by the carport behind the barn: John has planted his leftover Asiatic lilies in the midst of the dahlia bulbs. He is planning on putting a garden in with a stone wall in this area in the future.
Well, that’s it for today. I didn’t walk down to where the chickens were, nor to the lower meadow where the ewes and lambs are…that will have to wait til another day. Hope you’ve enjoyed your tour. Have a great day!