This cow skull hangs above the door of our little garden house and was a gift nearly 19 years ago. It has become the home of little birds that nest in it each spring. The eye socket appears to be the front door.
Each day this week we have loaded the delivery trailer with flats of plants and off Chris goes on a day of driving to deliver orders to our wholesale customers. Each day in a different direction. Today he took flats of vegetables to Denver Botanic Gardens for their spring May Mother’s Day plant sale that begins tomorrow, along with orders delivered to several other customers. Last Monday he drove to and back to Alburquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tuesday was a trip to Denver customers and tomorrow he will return to Colorado Springs, Denver and Longmont and end in Ft Collins, then back home again in Canon City. He is putting a lot of car seat time in to get all these beautiful plants delivered personally for us.
The geese couple have been hanging around in the pond this past week. They show up each spring about this time and every time they arrive I hope they will nest here. So far they visit for a couple of weeks and move on. We’ll see what happens this year, but I expect it will be the same.
This time of the year is definitely a wild teacup ride of chaos and busy activity. We have an awesome farm crew this year that helps to make it all possible. In truth, we couldn’t even begin to accomplish all that we do without these fantastic people working with us! Thank you to each one of you…Carol, Beki, Lizz, Chris, Elyse and Doug. In two weeks the crew will get smaller as our greenhouse planting season is nearly over. The field crew really only got started last week with the cold spring putting causing a slower start than normal, and they will be here throughout the summer months. Lizz and Doug will be helping on-going. It is a great group.
In the middle of it all, Chris and I try to stay focused and remember to be mindful of the daily pieces of a normal life. That is challenging when the clean laundry must just collect in a pile un-folded, the dishes barely getting done each day, and Chris having to be on the road for many long hours each and every day. Still, every other day we find a little tiny bit of time to visit with Shrek, our neighbor dog. He seems to know when it is a play day and waits for us at his fence until he sees that we are walking over to get him. Then we all three head to the pasture with the Frisbee and take a 20 minute break to just play. It feels good to all of us!!
This weekend is our third Open Farm Days weekend. We will have all the plant varieties out in the Farm Stand. There will be a workshop Saturday morning on growing your own food to fill your pantry all year long with James. Brian will be teaching basic beekeeping on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning I will be giving a talk on growing and using medicinal herbs. Then Sunday afternoon Jerry will be back to talk some more about perennial gardening in an arid climate and which plants make excellent choices for your garden. Please join us if you can. It’s mother’s day weekend and there are plenty of beautiful flowers and container veggie gardens for sale in our Farm Stand to choose as a gift for your mom, wife or grandmother to tell them you love them.
Oh, and Cindi, Happy Birthday and I love you!!
All for now. With Green Thoughts,