Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nothing like cold watermelon on a hot day

Especially if you're a chicken!

Unfortunately, this watermelon snack was a couple weeks ago and we didn't have any fresh, cool watermelon to feed the girls yesterday when it soared to 103 degrees here! They panted and complained, but they survived the heat and are ready, along with us, to enjoy a bit of a cool down.

Monday, June 6, 2011


I have been waiting for ages for my Siberian Irises to bloom. This year the leaves got much bigger than I'd ever seen them and then a couple weeks ago I noticed these purplish bumps that I realized were irises-to-be! They finally started blooming last week. I was thrilled!

Here are a bunch of them in the front rain garden:

The other three types/colors of irises have been blooming too.
Darker purple ones:

The ones that smell just like grape koolaid:

and the yellow ones in the front yard (new this year!)

Here's a shot of the back rain garden looking quite glorious with regular iris, siberian iris, columbine, phlox, and some unknown flowers in bloom - and many more yet to bloom!

Out in front, between the rows of raspberries, are the poppies. One bloomed yesterday. Then a whole bunch more bloomed over night.

This flower has moved back onto the 'unknown' list since the little identifying tag is completely blank! I guess permanent marker can't stand up to a Minnesota winter.

Lastly, another one of my favorites in full bloom now, the wild geranium:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Promises, promises

The yard and garden has been making some promises to us lately.

I promise you strawberries (and bunches of them!)

I promise you cherries:

I promise you enormous garlic!

That was our garlic on May 19, 2 1/2 weeks ago. It's even taller now, I'd say three to four feet. It's twice as tall as any garlic I've seen around here. There had better be some awesome garlic down there!

Our yard is also promising lots of raspberries; but so far no blueberries, currants, cranberries, or lingonberries. I'm a little dubious about the veggies in the garden (leeks, spring onions, turnips, summer squash, broccoli, kale, spinach) but it's early yet so we'll see. The tomatoes I put in a couple weeks ago are growing now so that's promising!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Giveaway! Giveaway!

If you've been drooling over one of my tea cozies but are too cheap (or poor!) to buy one for yourself, your opportunity to get your very own for free is coming up!

The blogger behind Mad in Crafts is celebrating her 30th birthday this year with a month of crafty giveaways. I donated a tea cozy to the cause which will be on the block around June 17.

I'll post again to remind folks. May the most tea-cozy deservingest (I don't think that's a word...) person win!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


It's amazing what a long hard winter will do to perennials and gardens in general. Many people are talking about how much more amazing the plants are so far this year.

I have been enjoying our yard immensely. Everything is so much more lush than last year and things are growing and blooming that never have before! (More on that in another post.)

Here is the yard under the cherry tree. I took these pictures two weeks ago - everything is much taller now!

Here's a little close-up. It's all wild violets! Perhaps you can make out the mess of poppies just beyond the raspberries? They have yet to bloom.

It's amazing how much has changed in two weeks!

The tulips have done their thing and are now cut back and yellow and purple irises are taking their place. The cherry tree has cherries growing on it! The bleeding heart, rhubarb, wild geranium, and stacks of other things in that photo have doubled in size at least.
We have a comfrey in the backyard that is probably 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall. Everything is just happy, happy, happy - and I couldn't be happier about it. =)
Well... I'd be even happier if I could keep up with this blog. There are so many things to post about - but I'm taking too much time doing said things to get any computer time. =)