Gardening

New Spring Chicks

New Chicks

We have some new baby chicks here.  Five, to be exact.

Henrietta became broody early in the spring, and I set her off by herself in a quiet and dark place,

with about 12 eggs under her.

She faithfully sat on them.

(Notice the egg pushed to the front of the crate-she was able to tell this egg was no good, and pushed it away.)  Last year Henrietta successfully brooded 2 batches of chicks for me.  The first batch, she hatched 4, one died, and three grew to adulthood.  The second batch, 3 hatched, 1 died, so we got 2.  And this year there are 5.  Five hatched and all survived.  There are 4 buffy colored ones and 1 black.

They are now old enough and big enough to be let out,  they are roaming the yard every day.  Henrietta is busy teaching them to scratch and dust bath.  They are so enjoyable to watch.

I find this a much more enjoyable way to raise chicks-let the momma do it.

The shadows are lengthening and it is time to head back to the coop for the night….time to put those babies to bed!

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Deuteronomy 31:8

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;

He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

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Friday’s Flower-Lilac

Lilac

Blue, not Purple

The lilacs illuminated

in the  morning sun

hard to describe the color

so soft, finely spun.

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Blue, not purple

like faded blue jeans

softer than the morning sky

of a pastel azure blue.

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Fragrant so soft

like power on the air

a treasure of the morn

wish we all could be there.

Raymond Foss

The month of May, the flower month, brings such wonderful blooms and fragrance in the garden.

One of the bloomers that is so anticipated is the lilac bush.

Lilacs carry memories for so many.

How fleeting and delightful they are.

About Lilacs

Type-Lilac-syringa vulgaris (the common lilac)  is a small tree or shrub.   Lilacs are related to the olive tree.

Zone-Lilacs grow from gardening zone 3-7.  They are very hardy and can survive temperatures as low as -60 degrees. Lilacs can live for hundreds of years.  Your grandmothers lilac is probably still growing!

Sun exposure-Lilacs grow best in full sun, and will bloom best with at least 6 hours of sun.  They can take some partial shade, but won’t bloom as well.

Soil-Most any soil will grow lilacs, but a good loamy soil is best.  They do not like a lot of fertilizer, and do not like wet feet.  Just an application of compost and mulch after pruning will do.

Color-Lilacs come in many colors-white, violet, blue, lilac, pink, purple, red, yellow and in bi-colored varieties.

Height-Lilacs can grow quite large, up to 25 feet tall, and this is one of the reasons to prune them back.

Width-Lilacs can also grow quite wide, and send out many suckers around their base.  It is best to keep them pruned back or they will make a messy looking shrub.  I propagate my lilac by digging up the suckers and potting them up.

Bloom Time-Lilac blooms in mid to late May for about 3 weeks.  The bloom time is fleeting, but, oh so beautiful and fragrant.  There are some re-blooming varieties.

Lilac is a good looking shrub with pretty, shiny leaves.  It is easy to grow, is low maintenance, and very hardy.

It attracts butterflies. And it is also edible, and the flowers can be used as a garnish.

Lilac makes a lovely cut flower and brings the wonderful fragrance inside.  To make the flowers last longer, the stems need to be smashed with a hammer so they can up take water.

Lilacs bloom on old wood, and should be pruned yearly, right after bloom time.  If you wait too long to prune, you will prune off many of next years blooms.  If your shrub is badly overgrown, it can be rejuvenated by cutting the whole thing back to the ground-it will not bloom the following year, but will have a nice, compact shape with many blooms in a few years.

My lilac bush was given to me by my mother many years ago, and I call it Grandma’s Lilac.  It has bloomed faithfully for me all these years.  I love it.  Now, if only it would bloom longer!

Do you have memories of lilac?

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Romans 5:1

Since we have been justified through faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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The Flower Moon

The Full Moon of May

Tonight is May’s Full Moon.  It is known by different names, but mainly as the Full Flower Moon.  This is the time of year that there are many spring flowers blooming. What a beautiful sight and fragrance to enjoy!

The May full moon is also known as the Mother’s moon and the Milk Moon-there are lots of babies been born in the woods and fields about now.

… And in the month of May we remember and celebrate all of the mothers.

And it is also called the Corn Planting Moon.  The local farm fields are being plowed and will soon be planted to corn.

(I think it should also be called the Egg Moon-the chickens are laying till eggs are coming out of my ears!)

The earth is warming, and the last frost of the year will soon arrive.  But don’t get too anxious to be planting out just yet.  In reading the Farmer’s Almanac, I read of a saying that I had not heard before-Do not plant until the Three Ice Men have passed.  The Three Ice Men were three ancient religious feasts that were celebrated in May. The feast of Saint Mamertus on May 11, Saint Pancras on May 12, and Saint Servatius, on May 13.  These three saints were also known as the Three Chilly Saints.

May 15 is the beginning of the warm weather planting season.  We can still have a frost (in my zone 5), until the end of May, but seeds planted in the ground around the 15th, will not be sprouted yet, and should be safe.  Having a frost cover is a good idea, just in case.

Full moon is the ideal time to accept a marriage proposal!  Or so says the Farmer’s Almanac…

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Proverbs 16:3

Depend on the Lord in whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

 

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Friday’s Flower-Hyacinths

Hyacinth

Bulbs

Buried

Beneath rich loam

Anticipation

Hot

Pink hue

Hyacinth blooms

Extraordinary

Watch

Walking

Around the beds

Anticipation

Doris Culverhouse, 2012

This weeks flower is the hyacinth, another blooming bulb.

The most enduring quality of the hyacinth, besides being a beautiful flower,

it the wonderful fragrance it exudes.

Hyacinth colors are red, blue, white, orange, pink and yellow-

a color for what ever color scheme you are desiring.

The hyacinth is toxic, it contains oxalic acid and may cause irritation when handling.

I have clumps of hyacinths scattered all through my decorative flower beds, the colors I

use are blue, pink, yellow and white.

They are such a pretty sight on cold spring days!

  • Plant hyacinths in the fall for spring bloom.
  • Plant in full or part sun.
  • They like a rich loamy soil.
  • Will grow in zones 4-9.
  • Plant 4-6 inches deep, pointy end up.
  • Plant about 3 inches apart.  The bulbs are quite large.
  • Allow the leaves to die back naturally after blooming.
  • Hyacinths are excellent for forcing and growing indoors.

Summer Winds

Light and Golden

Steal

Away my heart

In hyacinth time.

Thomas Martin, 2016

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Psalm 145:13

The LORD is faithful to all His promises

and loving toward all He has made.

 

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April and Friday’s Flower

Happy April!

(graphic from Little Birdie Blessings)

Happy April to you all!

April is a good month-

Easter is coming, spring has really arrived, green things are really growing,

 my birthday month-what’s not to love about April!?

And a day late-Friday’s flower-

The Daffodil

Daffodils are a wonderful sign of spring, signaling that winter is really gone.

Daffodils are also known as narcissus and jonquils-the terms are interchangeable.

Daffodil is the common name, narcissus are the genus, and jonquil the specific species,

with there being 200 daffodil species and 25,000 named varieties.

Jonquils are daffodils, but not all daffodils are jonquils.

How to grow daffodils

Daffodils are perennial flowers grown from bulbs planted in the fall.

They bloom in the spring, being one of the earliest bulbs to bloom.

They are hardy from zones 3-9, and they are very long-lived.

Daffodils like well-drained, loamy, fertile soil, slightly on the acidic side.

They should be planted pointy end up, 2 times the depth of their size, deeper in sandy soil.

Give lots of water while growing.

Leave the foliage to die back naturally before cutting off.

Daffodils spread into nice sized clumps, and can be dug and divided after 5-10 years.

Daffodil colors are orange, yellow, white, and there are some pinkish varieties.

Daffodils make nice cut flowers, but the stems do secrete a toxic sap that can be irritating to the skin,

and will kill others cut flowers if put in the same vase.

It can be harmful to dogs- deer and squirrels do not like it.

Daffodils are not naturally occurring, and when you see a clump of them

growing by the roadside, there was probably a  house there at one time.

The same for lilac bushes-someone had to have planted them.

Below is a double ruffled variety, looking like it is having a bad hair day.

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown,

She turned toward the south wind,

And curtsied up and down.

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor,

“Winter is dead.”

A.A. Milne

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2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!

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