Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Around the Farm - Gardening, Flowers, Chicks Updates

 Buddha Hen ended up with 6 little chicks to care for.  
She's been doing a great job watching over them.
 Proud Mama!

The garden - in spite of all the gravel - is growing.
I spend a great deal of my time weeding.
Below you see the rows of beets and turnips, and to the far right zucchini.
No actual vegetables yet, but we did enjoy some turnip greens in an omelet.

And then here are the beans, beans, and tomatillos.  The tomatillos are looking mighty plentiful - so I'm going to be on the lookout for recipes.  I didn't actually think they'd grow, so it's a bit of a surprise that we have so many plants.  They're actually doing much better than our regular tomatoes, of which we only had 3 plants come up and they're going pretty slow for now.

Zucchini just about ready to bloom!

The beans just beat the zucchini to it, by blooming first:

The following pictures are for Nancy at A Rural Journal.  She hosts a weekly photo linkup called Your Sunday Best, and this past Sunday asked what was in bloom where you lived.
I've got lilies:

 Little roses, that have bloomed wild here since before we were here.  I guess someone planted them a long time ago.  Most years I don't get to see them in bloom, because Paul weed whacks them to death.  This year I got lucky.  But I guess he never promised me a rose garden...

Hydrangeas, just getting started.
Later we'll get some blue and purple blooms.
This post is linked up with Show and Tail at WV Treasures and with Farm Girl Friday at Dandelion House.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Loved your pictures!
My hydrangeas are ALMOST there, too! The deer took care of my ONE lily before it bloomed :(
Love your wild roses. The comment about never promising you a rose garden was cute.

Dianna said...

Oops - hit the wrong key. The previous post was written by me!

Karen said...

If you can believe it, I've got to google what tomatillos are.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your garden looks wonderful! All the green leafy veggies will taste terrific!

texwisgirl said...

oh, love the hen and her chicks!!! so sweet! beautiful lily too!

Sally said...

Turnip greens!! Love those, but never thought about in an omlette. I suppose it's kind of like spinach though. YUM!!

Your flowers are gorgeous; about the only thing bloomin' here are hydrangeas - it's stinkin' hot, and NO rain!!

Have a wonderful day! :)

Valerie said...

Buddha Hen's family is so cute! She looks like a great little mom.

And your garden is wonderful! I can't wait for ours to really get going. Finally at least, the vegetables are bigger than the weeds so I can tell them apart:)

And thanks for the laugh-Paul never promised you a rose garden...that's a good one Lisa:) A man and a weed whacker is a dangerous combination. My hubby has one too...

Ginny said...

What wonderful pictures! I love the delicate looking zucchini bloom, and the bright red lily. I bet the boys are crazy about the chicks!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

The chicks are so cute, and your garden looks great!

Chatty Crone said...

What a big garden you have - that is so wonderful - would love to have a garden some day. And your mama chick is doing a great job!

Samantha said...

The flowers look lovely!
Your veges look great, too!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Look at all that bounty already!We have ditch lilies, too. Love them but no idea where they came from.

Crow said...

I just love Buddha hen. She is doing a great job. I am crossing my fingers for somebody over here to go broody! You garden is lovely. Thanks for letting me visit. :-)
Two bear claws up!

Dawn said...

I love your blooms...and am envious of your incredible garden!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Great pictures! I currently have ONE house plant. It's doing pretty good too. Might be time for another :)

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Navigating Northward said...

Your garden looks beautiful. I think you should give lilacs a try! They are slow growing but worth it.

Mary said...

What a great garden! And congrats to the mama with her adorable chicks :)

w said...

love the garden. also. where is elvis. you know. she needs attention, too.

Farmchick said...

Love those chicks! We had some several years ago and they were a lot of fun. Your garden looks great. I will be glad when ours starts producing a little bit.

jennohara said...

Garden looks great!! And the hen and her chicks are just too cute!

Maegan said...

Oh great pictures! I love the little chicks, I wants baby chicks!

Our vegetable garden is really thriving right now, I love eating fruits and veggies from our own yard.

(Florida) Girl said...

Oh, I really enjoyed this. This virtual stroll around your farm is exactly the little escape I needed.

Sandy said...

I love little chicks :-) I believe the zucchini blooms are good to eat actually, you might want to check into it. Tomatillos = salsa in my neck of the woods!

The Daze of Whine and Roses said...

Your flowers are so lovely. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Buddha hen and her babies are SO cute.
Zucchini flowers are delicious! Try them.

Texan said...

Your garden looks great! You will have lots of yummy stuff! Tomatillos can yourself some Salsa Verde! I love to saute them too and put them in with some rice and beans for burrito stuffing :O).

I love your Mommy hen and her chicks. That is just so fun!

KAT said...

love your photos.the chicks are gorgeous and the flowers are eye popping!
Hugs...KAT

Angela said...

Aw! She is a proud Mama! She's so beautiful! Love those little babes too! Wish our garden looked like yours! We got a late start on planting because of all the rain and now it isn't raining. Most of my herbs died when we were on vacation this past week. Sigh.... I had great plans for those things. We have those same wild roses that grow here too. I'm like you. I get to see them when my husband hasn't weed eated them to death! lol

Have a Great Weekend!
Angela

Teresa said...

Your hen looks like a very proud, happy mama! The garden really is making progress. I love all those flowers. It must be quite beautiful at your place right now with all those blooms.