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I thought I would give you an update on the hardy figs. This is the 4th year that the hardy Violet fig has been in my garden and it does great! It is always late coming up and doesn’t really come out of the ground until very late in May or early in June. Now it is jammin’!

And for those of you who read my post 2 or 3 times back, when I showed you a picture of the same fig growing in a pot on my back porch, and remember that it looked like sticks in a pot with just the inklings of new leaves sprouting….well, as a recap, the reason it dropped all it’s leaves to begin with is because I brought it outdoors in mid-April from night time temps of 65 degrees to having to endure a snow storm the 2nd night it was on the porch. That really wasn’t very kind of me and I should have waited a week or two longer to bring it outdoors from such warm indoor temperatures, but it is hardy and I knew it would be fine.

So, after the snow event, the plant dropped every single leaf it had and looked miserable for quite a while. Then, about 2 weeks ago it began re-leafing out and now look at it! It is gorgeous and getting more leaves and new growth every day.

You can also see that it is beginning to get baby figs! Soon I’ll be picking fresh figs to snack on. I love them so much!!

Because we have had such a nice spring and early summer so far, the gardens and the flower field, the orchards, and everything look great! We have had nice moisture and until recently the temperatures were mild. The past two weeks it has begun to get hot, but it is July after all, so that is to be expected. The flower seed crop field looks amazing.

Everything is blooming like crazy and we are starting to harvest seed now too. This morning, Chris and I harvested the rest of the Shangri-la Sage seed crop and started harvesting some of the Gaillardia. The Turkish Sage (Salvia dagastanica), which is the low purple flower you see in this picture, is starting to have some seed ready to pick, and on it goes. Every day there is more seed to be picked than the day before and that will continue until late November when we will finish up the last of the seed harvesting. We are only just getting started at this point.

Speaking of harvesting, I’m also picking from the food gardens now. I dehydrated a giant sack-full of cherry tomatoes and several purple beauty bell peppers. I put herbs and garlic on the tomatoes before I dried them and now they are delicious and ready to be eaten as hiking snacks, put on flat bread pizzas, into sauces or tossed into pasta. Yum!!

This is the first year I really got a harvest of tart cherries. There were about 4 giant cups of cherries, so they are now pitted and frozen until this winter when I will bake them into pie. This is the first year that the tree was really old enough to produce, so going forward I will expect to pick a lot more from this wonderful cherry tree.

I cut the scapes off my garlic and we will cook them in butter and put them over top of noodles, maybe with some summer squash too or a bit of fresh rosemary. It was also time to begin harvesting the red lake currants, which I love so much. This is a huge mixing bowl filled with currants and there are probably 2 more bowls worth that are not quite ripe that I will harvest later this week. These will go into the freezer to bake into fairy bread and some will be eaten fresh in our daily breakfast of yogurt, fruit and nuts (with a sprinkling of chocolate chips of course to make it gourmet).

The harvest season is in full swing now and I’m a very happy woman.

I’m also quite happy because this past week brought my first weekly mountain hike of the summer. We hiked the Megan Lake trail, which is one of our favorites.

The water in the creek is roaring and very high due to the huge winter snow pack. In fact, there was still some snow along the trail as we got up higher in elevation, but it wasn’t enough snow to prevent us from getting up to the lake. We did have to take off our hiking boots and socks and wade the creek because the log crossings were under water.

Once we got to the lake, Shrek had to do a thorough check to see if the trout were awake yet. He does love communing with the trout! I’m not sure they are very interested in him though.

On July 4th, I found myself all alone, and in peace and quiet, working in my garden. Shrek, Chris and some guy friends (Jay and Mike) went hiking. I trimmed some whiley grape vines, picked the currants and strawberries, planted the butterfly garden near the front porch, and enjoy doodling around in the White Rabbit Garden. The day was delightful and I even got a half hour nap (that’s pretty much un-heard of for me).

The gardens are very beautiful right now. This is a nearly wild rose, but which I call Professor’s rose. We used to have a huge Maine-coon cat named Professor Longhair. Sadly, Professor has been passed for several years, but when he was alive he loved to be in the garden with me and this rose was his favorite place to hang out. He even enjoyed eating the roses! I think he was a little bit of a flower kitty child at heart.

The hollyhocks are gigantic this year from the spring and early summer moisture and are easily 6-8 foot tall. I have about every color and they are just so beautiful around our little casita home. The Belen hen greets people at the entrance of the White Rabbit Garden standing between a yellow and white hollyhock with dark and pale pink hollyhocks in the distance near the porch railing.

From the Belen Hen and all of us here…hope you are enjoying your summer!

 

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The flower seed production field is jammin’ these days and Michael and Kaila are keeping it tidy and beautiful.

I snapped a couple of shots of them weeding the Helichrysum italicum (above) and picking the Tanager Gazania seed (below).

 

Finally! Now that Open Farm Days are past and with June the wholesale orders begin to slow just a wee bit, I have some time to think about planting and caretaking for my own gardens. I got most of the food garden planted last Saturday.

Some of you know that I have been planning to put a new fruit garden in place, expanded to include a lot of fruit varieties that we haven’t already planted here. Last week while I was doing our deliveries, Chris gave me a wonderful gift and planted much of our new fruit garden. This garden is located in the back orchard where the ducks live, near the big pond, and it now includes wild plums, Juliet shrub cherries, dwarf mulberries, blackberries, loganberries, hardy figs and hardy kiwis. I still have black walnut and sea buckthorn trees to plant.

In addition, we planted a brand new raspberry bed. We’ve always had raspberries here and they do great, but the old bed was worn out and over rooted, so Chris dug up a new large bed and I planted it on Sunday. We still have a couple of areas with the pre-existing raspberries in place for this year, because you can never have too many raspberries in my opinion, but once the new bed is at full production, I may remove the old plantings and use that space for something else.

Today, we hosted the Denver Botanic Gardens Herb Guild for a Farm tour. These women were wonderful visitors and we all enjoyed ourselves. After the tour, they stayed a while to enjoy their own picnic lunch. Thanks for coming ladies!

Since they had scheduled their Farm tour so near to when our Farm Stand store had closed, we re-opened it for an hour today to give them a private shopping experience. They had fun and a few of our plants are now headed to new garden homes.

While we were watering in the new fruit garden, the ducks decided to do a bit of sprinkler sitting. As soon as the sprinklers were turned on, they made a beeline to stand in the water spray.

So, does your hardy fig look “leaf-less” and ugly? If so, don’t loose heart…it is just reacting to going from a warm greenhouse climate in early spring to outdoors in unsettled spring weather. I put my indoor fig out on my back patio in mid April and then it snowed and was really cold for several days. These are hardy figs, so they are normally not troubled by this kind of spring weather, but that is if they are planted in the garden soil! Being brought outdoors from a nice snug greenhouse, with 60 degree night temps, to night temps outdoors in the 20’s and freezing rain or snow, is not fun if you are a pampered fig.

My fig, when exposed to those type of spring conditions, dropped all it’s leaves and has been sitting on the back porch branch-naked since April. I wasn’t worried though, because this has happened before and they are hardy afterall. Now that the summer has arrived and the plant is used to being outdoors, the temps are warm and settled, it has decided it is safe to put out new leaves and has started that process. by next week it will be clothed in a covering of newly sprouted leaves and will be gorgeous as ever.

So, be patient if you have a branch-naked hardy fig in your life too. This too will pass and soon it will look like a respectable fig once more.

As a last reminder, I will be giving an intensive herb class on Saturday at Majestic Moon Ranch and I’ll be speaking at the Botanica Festival on Sunday morning. Next week, on June 29th, I’ll be teaching at Phelan Gardens in Colorado Springs. You can find all the details about these classes and events on the “Classes & Events” page of this blog.

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Just a quick post, with more to come later this week, but I wanted to let you know that today was our last Open Farm Day and Farm Stand Plant Sale day for 2019. We are now closed to the public for the season. Thank you for your support! We sure appreciate it!!

We are open by appointment for tours. To schedule a group farm tour, email dcfhomeplace@gmail.com

We are also part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Birding and Watchable Wildlife Trail and we welcome you to come to the farm to do some birding and such. Please read the page on this blog about the Colorado Birding Trail for all the details on how to visit for this purpose.

I’ll be back to writing my regular post later this week.

With Green Thoughts, Tammi

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2019 Summer Plant Walk-Abouts

with Tammi Hartung

These walk-about classes are held at Desert Canyon Farm

at 1270 Field Ave in Canon City, CO. No pets please…thank you.

You must register for these classes. You can register by email at dcfhomeplace@gmail.com or by phone (719-275-0651) between the hours of 8am and 5pm (please do not call at other times…thank you).  We need your name(s) and phone number, plus email address. Our phone is a land line, so we cannot accept text messages.

The Class fee is $15.00 per person 12 years old and older. Well-behaved children accompanied by a supervising adult are welcome . Children 11 and younger attend free of charge. Payment will be collected beginning 30 minutes before class begins, so please arrive 20-30 minutes early. Fees can be paid by cash, debit or credit card – no checks please.

Classes will be held outdoors and will include walking around the farm to see the plants and talk about their growing needs, their uses,  and when/how to harvest them. Please bring your own pen and paper and something to drink. Be prepared to be outside (rain or sunshine) for these classes…dress appropriately for the weather.  I’m sorry, but the farm is not wheel-chair or walker friendly and those using a cane or walking stick must use great care as the ground here is uneven and dirt.  If you have a mobility disability, please consider whether or not these are the right classes for you to attend.

            July 27, 2019, Saturday             10:00am  to 12:00 noon

          Herb Walk-About

                Tammi will share their growing needs, their uses and how/when to harvest them.

            July 30, 2019, Tuesday          6:00 to 8:00 pm

          Trees & Shrubs Walk-About

                Tammi will share their growing needs, their uses and how/when to harvest them.

            August 13, 2019, Tuesday          6:00 to 8:00 pm

          Desert Plants Walk-About   

                Tammi will share their growing needs, their uses and how/when to harvest them.

            August 17, 2019, Saturday             10:00am  to 12:00 noon

          Wild Plants & Weeds Walk-About

                Tammi will share their growing needs, their uses and how/when to harvest them.

Space will be limited, so you are encouraged to register early for these classes.

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May 27, 2019 So Much Happening!

Since my last post, which was far too long ago, so much is happening here. We had snow that brought us nearly 4″ of good moisture and then another 1/2″ rain a week later, so things here are very happy, both plants and animals!

There were several nights when it was chilly enough that we lit the woodstove to keep the chill off the house, but now the spring is settling out and we have the windows open instead, enjoying the fresh air and cool, but not cold, nights that bring a restful night’s sleep.

The snow didn’t slow down the Tanager Gazania seed crop, which has been flowering for quite a while now. Chris is already harvesting seed from this crop.

This sweet little plant is called Silver Kisses Anacaylus. Chris finished weeding this bed yesterday and now you can really see this tiny plant and it is so cute! It won’t be long before he will be picking seed from this crop too.

Look at these seed crops, which have been blooming for a bit under 2 weeks now. This is Shangri-La Sage and Red Feathers Echium.

The Shangri-La Sage has huge gorgeous flowers and the fragrance of this plant is similiar to Clary Sage, but this is a much more showy plant. Bumble Bees are in heaven right now with these flowers!

The Echium Red Feathers is also stunning and the hummingbirds, moths and lots of different kinds of bees are all working these flowers.

This seed crop is called Tibetan Mountain Onions. Edible and beautiful!

Michael and Kaila are the field crew for this summer and they have been helping Chris whip the field into shape, getting things weeded. All the extra moisture we have had, which is great, does inspire the weeds to grow too. They have a big task ahead of them to get everything weeded in short order. Michael just recently arrived from Kansas to work the summer with us as an intern. Kaila has been helping us in the greenhouse all spring and will now transfer to the flower seed crop field for the summer months.

They did get a bit of greenhouse work in on this day when it was too rainy and cold to work out in the field. They planted up the 1 gallon tomatoes, which we will have for sale in the Farm Stand during this last 2 weeks of Open Farm Days.

Open Farm Days will be happening thru June 9th and we still have a wonderful selection of herbs, vegetables and fruits, native plants, wildlife habitat plants, edible flowers and so much more. Come by, if you can, and see if you can find a few special plants to grow in your garden or as container plants on your porch. Visit the Open Farm Days page of this blog for more specifics and directions to the Farm.

My fairy garden is beautiful and I’ve had several little children playing in this garden, looking for fairies as they play. It makes me smile to see kids enjoying my fairy garden.

This coming Saturday, we will be drawing a name from our raffle ticket jar to see who will be the lucky person who wins this last fairy garden we’re giving away. Tickets are $1.00 each and the money will be used to buy fresh produce for our local food bank. You do not need to be present to win, so when you stop in during Open Farm Days be sure to come into the Farm Stand and buy a raffle ticket or two. Maybe it will be your name we draw this Saturday for this cute little beach fairy garden.

Every weekend we have been hosting free workshops and those who have attended them have have a great time and learned new information or skills for living an earth-friendly lifestyle. This workshop was taught by Monica and it was about making herb butters. Monica had everyone in the class make their own butter from cream and she had delicious herb butter samples to taste. We all enjoyed those a lot!

I taught a workshop for the kids on planting your own herb container garden. They were able to choose from 4 different herbs and they planted gardens to take home.

Interestingly, this ended up being a class of all young women and they sure did have a lot of fun. They were great…asking questions and being good listeners. They each planted two gardens to take home. There were a few young men I thought would be joining us for the class, but they got caught up in playing a wild game of tag in the pollinator field and the heirloom orchard, so they had fun doing that instead.

Here are the free workshops that will be happening this coming weekend during Open Farm Days.

June 1, 2019, Saturday

Using Weeds for Food & Medicine                                                                                        10:00-11:00am     teacher:  Tammi

Herbs from the Middle Ages & Their Symbolic Meanings                                                   1:00-2:00pm     teacher:  Tammi

June 2, 2019, Sunday

A Foot Bath Extravaganza with Ro                                                                                            1:00-2:30pm      teacher: Ro

(bring a towel and comfortable clean socks to class with you)

Our desert garden in the center of the driveway is blooming like crazy right now, with Indian Paintbrush (above), Santa Fe Phlox, loads of different Penstemons, Cowboy’s Delight and so many other wildflowers and cacti.

Just look at this Claret Cup Cactus! This is a native wildflower and it looks just as amazing and beautiful blooming out in the wild places near our farm as it does blooming above in the desert garden.

Not to be outdone, the White Rabbit Garden, which is my personal garden, is also in full glory this spring. The Iris are blooming in a rainbow of colors, and these are only a few of the colors I have planted. The Flax, another native plant, is happily blooming, as are the California Poppy and so many other plants.

This Iris is called ‘Batik’ and it is presently my favorite one in the garden. Lizz gifted me with a start of it a few years back and now we are able to offer a few pots of it in the Farm Stand for sale.

This is another angle of the White Rabbit Garden and the Austrian Copper Heirloom Rose is in full bloom at the moment.

Our ducks now have a fenced paradise to live in. We have not fenced them in previously, and they have been here a little more than a year now, and that was working out fine for a long time. They have a huge pond to swim in, the gardens and back orchard to forage in, and all was going well. Then Rosie, the third duck, arrived and we adopted her too. She, however, is a gypsy duck and that’s when things began to go bad. Every day, Rosie would lead Hannah and Gretel on a field trip to somewhere in the neighborhood. At first they just went next door to the Lopez Farm and that was ok, but as time pasted, their journeys became longer and we and the neighbors began to worry and fret. You see, ducks don’t watch out for cars, predators like mean dogs, or anything else. They would cross the streets, and even started sleeping in the roads! Holy Smokes!

These three ducks are mostly wild and they are friendly enough, but they won’t let you near enough to catch them or pen them up, so we had a big problem brewing. Chris and I are not “fence” people, and we don’t have many fences on this farm because we like it to be open and for wildlife to move freely on the Farm, but something had to give with these ducks! I was determined that they have access to the pond at will, and I didn’t want them to live in a small pen, so we pondered and pondered and finally decided to fence the entire big pond and the orchard and gardens around the pond. This gives them a huge paradise that is fully fenced so that they cannot wonder around the neighborhood anymore! Yahoo! Now we know they are safe, won’t get run over by cars, won’t worry or annoy the neighbors anymore, most importantly they won’t worry Chris and I anymore wondering were they are off too. It’s great having them here at home safe and sound and knowing they have a huge area to wander, swim and forage in.

We, and are farm visitors, are having to adjust to getting used to opening and closing gates as we move about, but with a bit of time that will become second nature I think. We made the fence so that it doesn’t impede the deer and other wildlife from moving on this Farm, which is important to us. The bonus is that I’m going to be able to plant my new fruit garden within the duck enclosure and it will be safe from browsing deer, so I won’t have to cage the new fruit trees and shrubs.

So, life changes and evolves all the time around here. Sometimes those changes revolve around 3 ducks!

This spring we have Western Tanagers visiting the Farm. I’ve never seen them on the Farm before and there are a LOT of them. They are gorgeous! We’ve also been seeing two kinds of Grosbeaks, Orioles, a Blue Heron, plus all the other birds in our bird community that live here year round. It has been a real treat to enjoy watching the Western Tanagers.

So, I suppose that catches you up on some of the many happenings here of late. I hope you are enjoying your spring season too. Summer is starting soon and with it a whole new season of events and happenings.

Another bit of information I want to share with you is about an Herbal Festival that will be happening in June in Lafayette, Colorado. It’s called Botanica A Festival of Plants and I, along with so many amazing teachers, will be teaching during this event. There will be a marketplace of artisans selling their wares, a Farm to Table dinner, and so much more. Check out the information below and if you want to know more or want to register, just visit the website. The link is at the bottom of this post.

With Green Thoughts, Tammi

An Ethnobotanical Celebration of the Plant World
June 21 – 25, 2019
Workshops | Farm Dinner | Marketplace
Join us to celebrate the world of plants and the ways we’ve interacted with them across time, culture, and geography. Explore the botanical realm with hands-on, interactive and thought provoking workshops relating to
Art, Medicine, Food, Culture, Ritual & Spirituality, and Survival
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Weekend Workshop Schedule
Friday Workshops:
• Growing your Own Mushrooms With Michael Heim
• Natural Dying with Plants with Phylleri Ball
• Intuitive Herbalism: Remembering How to Listen to the Plants with Erin Smith
Saturday Workshops:
• Simple Remedies for Children’s Health with Astrid Grove
• Osha: Bear Medicine of the West with Feather Jones
• Forest Bathing Experience with Cat Pantaleo
• Biodynamic Practices for Your Backyard with Kate Miller
• Plant Based “Cheese” and More with Mindy Green
• Brewing Herbs with Water with Rebecca Luna
• Ethnobotany: A Round Table with Ian Sanderson & Erin Smith
• Making Mead with Rebecca Schwendler
• The Magic of Flowers: Working with Our Blossoming Allies with Tess Whitehurst
• Making Herb Oil Infusions Using Fresh & Dry Herbs with Amanda Klenner
• Wild Medicine of the Front Range with Brigitte Mars
Sunday Workshops:
• Growing Herbs in the Rockies with Tammi Hartung
• Tincture Making for the Wild Free-Roaming Human with Laura Clemmons
• Herbal Spa Experience with Faith Rodgers
• The Sacred Folklore of Trees with Sara Stewart Martinelli
• Introduction to The Maya Healing Hut with Ann Drucker
• Making Cider at Home with Ian Capps
• Benefits of Bitters: The Lost Flavor with Malia Thompson
• Perfume Blending for Emotional Wellness with Amber Graziano
• Wild Foods in Your Kitchen with Butter Perry
Botanica Marketplace
All Weekend
Open to the Public
The Botanica Marketplace!
Local artisans showcase their botanical related works, from fine art to food at this fun and unqiue outdoor market. There’s something for everyone!
Friday June 21, 4 pm – 6 pm
Saturday June 22, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday June 23, 10 am – 4 pm
Farm to Table Vegetarian Buffet Dinner
Botanica Vegetarian Farm Dinner and Silent Auction
A fun, intimate farm dinner buffet is offered to our participants of Botanica!
This dinner is only open to folks who are registered in at least one workshop during the weekend.
A Silent Auction of delightful herbal and botanical items and services will take place during the evening to benefit our local chapter of
Herbalists Without Borders
Thanks to our Sponsors!
THE BOTANICA FESTIVAL
Interested in being a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer? Please email us! 
Three Leaf Farm | Lafayette, CO | 720-334-4724 | farm@threeleafconcepts.com | Website

 

 

 

 

 

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Hardy Iceplants Make a Beautiful Addition to the Garden!

Now that spring is definitely here and sunshine is happening every day, it reminds me of hardy Iceplants and the stunning color and beauty they bring to a hot sunny dry garden! These are plants that can hold up and look beautiful to areas that may not get much water, have soil that is not rich or loamy, and has exposure to hot sun all or most of the day, which only makes them bloom all the more.

Iceplants are hardy succulent plants, but unlike cacti, they don’t have spines or sharp points like agaves or yuccas do. They will thrive if you plant them in full sun or even in part shade, but they must be somewhere in the garden where they get a good amount of sunlight, as the flowers only open when the sun hits them. At night, or on cloudy days, the flowers will stay closed. The flower colors are amazing….usually very bright and intense and often they shimmer! Here are a few varieties I think you would like:

Purple Iceplant is the one most people have seen and is a spreading variety with intensely purple large bright and shimmering flowers.

Desert Canyon Red Iceplant is our special variety of a robust spreading Iceplant that blooms large red shimmering flowers that fade to orange as each flower ages. It is amazing and good for places where you need a larger Iceplant to cover space.

Tiny Pink Iceplant is a smaller leaf spreading variety with purple-green foliage and bright, but small, purple flowers.

Lesotho Pink Iceplant is from Lesotho, Africa. It has soft pink shimmering flowers and is a spreading variety.

Yellow Creeping Iceplant has bright green foliage and large yellow shimmering flowers. It covers ground quickly and looks beautiful.

Beaufort West Iceplant is a clumping variety that doesn’t ramble. It has soft pink delightful flowers…perfect in rock gardens or even fairy miniature gardens.

Oberg Iceplant is another clumping Iceplant that has white flowers…very pretty!

Compact Yellow Iceplant has large yellow shimmering flowers, but grows as a clump rather than spreading.

Some other favorite varieties include Red Mountain Iceplant, which has apricot shimmering flowers with a purple ring at the center. This Iceplant spreads, but not as much as some of the others. There is Sutherlandi Iceplant that has large magenta pink shimmering flowers and stays as a clump, along with its cousin Peach Star Sutherlandi Iceplant with soft peach flowers. Finally, we have one called Shrubby Trailing Iceplant, which grows more upright with weeping branches and tiny bright pink shimmering flowers.

If you have a xeric landscape, a rock garden or miniature garden, or want something stunning in a flower garden or near walk-ways, consider the hardy Iceplants as a great option. We have quite a collection of these varieties here in our Farm Stand store during Open Farm Days, so stop in and see what you think.

Open Farm Days and our Farm Stand Plant Sale are Saturdays to Thursdays, thru June 9th (closed on Fridays). Hours are 9 to 4. We hope you’ll visit our Farm Stand and do some shopping for garden plants or my books while you’re here. We also have free workshops happening each Saturday and Sunday during Open Farm Days.

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Our pond was very nearly empty two weeks ago.

And thankfully, the first delivery of our irrigation water arrived. Yay…All the gardens and trees got a much-needed drink and the pond was filled. The ducks were very happy about all of this!

James has been teaching workshops again this spring during Open Farm Days. He is teaching tomorrow (Saturday, May 4th) on gardening almost anywhere and in any kind of container. He will also be doing an heirloom fruit tree workshop in the afternoon tomorrow. On Sunday, Monica will be teaching us about butterflies and other pollinators. Check out the classes and events page of this website for the specific details.

This is one of the fairy gardens Lizz planted this spring that we will be giving away as part of our annual raffle to raise money to buy fresh produce for our local food bank.

This is the second fairy garden that we will be raffling off at the end of Open Farm Days. Come and check them out. They are cute as can be and raffle tickets are only $1.00 each.

This is the fairy garden I planted last spring in the Farm Stand store. Everything in the fairy garden came thru the winter just fine. It is planted in an old bird bath that cracked and no longer holds water.

Stephanie and Liz spend a lot of time keeping all the plants happy and tidy in the Farm Stand. These women are amazing and we love them dearly!

Our friend, a different Stephanie, stopped in to do a bit of shopping and settled on a Cape Aloe plant.

This was exciting! We had a small group of Willets land in our pond on the ducks island. These were beautiful water birds. We’ve never had them here before, so we enjoyed getting to know them a bit.

We have a very old agave that has been a houseplant. Actually, this agave was Chris’ before we got married. Now it has decided to bloom and is growing a flower stalk. The flower stalk is so growing so quickly, that it had to be moved outdoors where there wasn’t a living room ceiling to stop it.

Shrek discovered a toad in the White Rabbit Garden  two days ago. Toads are good luck and they eat a lot of bugs, especially slugs, so they are always welcome here.

The nasturtium baskets in the Farm Stand are beginning to bloom and they are incredibly fragrant and so beautiful!

A flock of yellow headed black birds arrived and has been hanging around. They are gorgeous and a racus bunch.

 

This looks like Willow, our cat, is outside ready to pounce on the birds, but he is actually sitting in the windowsill in our house watching them out the window. One of his favorite pastimes.

Meanwhile, Shrek was in the garden checking to make sure the Belen Hen  is in her proper place in the White Rabbit Garden.

Sorry this post is sort of scattered and brief. We are in our two busiest weeks of the entire year, so I decided this was the best I could mange today. More to come soon.

With Green Thoughts, Tammi

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