If you look closely, you'll see a bee in the middle Wild Rose
Morel Mushroom bounty--found in our backyard!
The Lilacs have bloomed (nice to smell while mowing!) as well as the Lily of the Valley. A couple of storms came through and knocked the blooms off-so I didn't get any photos this year. Right now the Sweet Williams (Phlox?), Wild Roses and a few Iris' are blooming, giving the bees a feast! (Oh, and the Creeping Charlie in the garden.....bah!)
Two of my Rhubarb are blooming...I'll need to read up on if saving seed is worth it, or a waste of time. The Strawberries my friend Stacy sent me last year and doing wonderful. They are blooming and have lots of green berries that I can't wait until they ripen! Mmmmm mmmmmm good! And the Raspberries are also blooming/growing berries. What a feast we shall have soon!
Patrick and I got the peppers in the ground this past week, poor puny things that should do much better now that they are in the ground and getting rain. The tomatoes are growing good, I gave them some 'raw milk fertilizer' last week. (I think I diluted it 20-1, but somehow ran short the last couple of plants. I'll say the dog distracted me while counting!) HA
Funny story about the Morel's--the folks who helped us "process" Dolly came by to see Lil' Red--they are the ones buying him. Since I was whining I didn't get to go mushroom hunting, they were sweet enough to bring us a few they'd found. I was happy, happy happy!!
So us gals are looking at the chicks, calves, critters, etc, both of the guys are looking at their own 'stuff' (lead sinkers/molds/fishing poles--ya know, guy stuff!).
As they are getting ready to leave, her hubby says "There's a mushroom right there!" (I'm thinking, yeah, another cow-pie toadstool I kick over....) He gets excited and says "It's a Morel!" Whoa, that got my attention really fast.
He starts digging around old tires and under things saying: "Here's another one, and another--Oh look at the size of this one!" The biggest one in the photo is almost the size of my hand!
The weird part is, me and his wife had just been "there" looking at chicks earlier. I walk past that area twice a day to feed/check on the chicks. I'd of never saw them....HOW they got there I'll never know, but totally grateful they are. Mushrooms in my own yard....what a Blessing!!
I managed to mow earlier in the week....I had a cable break on the "newly fixed" mower, so used my old trusty back-up mower to finish.(It's an old mower--it was one my parents gave me, I think one of my sisters gave it to them!) I noticed as I was about done, a back wheel was wonky--the wheel is fine, the frame rusted through. Sigh. So until those are fixed, the grass shall grow, grow, grow. (It's raining again--I'm not complaining, just know 'work' will get ahead of me again!) I know it will look like I need to rake and bale it into hay. :-)
Patrick and I went 'shopping' yesterday....uh oh, plants were marked down, so of course I had to grab a few. He found the eggplant his folks were looking for, and I picked up some more seed to get planted. He about crapped at how much I spent at the feed store, but had I pre-warned him I needed about "one of everything". I haven't had to spend that much in a looong time, but with the newly acquired species, calls for a variety.
Growing some of your food isn't cheap....and different species require different foods. Daisy probably consumes a great portion of it (quantity and cost-wise), but she is the Queen, feeding two babies right now, making lots of milk.
The chicks get one food, the baby turkeys get another, and the laying hens (uh, the two I have left) get yet another. I could 'fudge' and give the hens something else, but I know in time the chick food will merge into the laying hen food.
The turkeys are on a 'time' basis--meaning the calendar is marked for "processing" already. We plan on doing two at about 12 pounds, and a couple at around 16 pounds. Wellllll, that's "the plan" for now, always subject to change!
At least I have more room in the freezer now, so hopefully that won't be an issue when the time comes.
We have been getting some good rains, helping to pull us out of the drought. I just hope it doesn't stop anytime soon for the summer!