This and That

I took advantage of a beautiful day to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

First, I want to bring you up to date on the chicken coop/garden shed project. We have a little more to do on the inside, but my builder’s first priority is my dad’s house and then it’s my turn.  I’m waiting until the middle of April to plant the living roof.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

chicken coop

But I don’t like the white door.  We found it in the barn, but it doesn’t really go with the rustic-ness of the cedar.

Any suggestions?  A design?  Different color?

To the left of the coop is the barn and this mess is what the chicken’s get to look at.

blackberry bush

Wild, thorny  blackberry bushes.  So I did a little trimming and ended up with this.

blackberry bushblackberry bush

This will make those berries sooo much easier to reach come July.

I got tired of being scratched and whacked by thorny limbs, so I decided to go check on the plants in the greenhouse.

The broccoli plants are growing quickly.

broccoli broccoli

At least they were until Sheldon Gray Kitty Cooper jumped on a flat and tipped them over–clearly violating the greenhouse conduct rule of  the roommate agreement.  Strike one.


He looks worried doesn’t he?

The perennials I started from seed last year are waking up.

salvia flapjack/greenhouse IMG_1212

And, as I rounded the corner of the house, I saw a sunset to the west


And the moon rising in the east


It was a good day.

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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23 Responses to This and That

  1. Soooo jealous of your shed/coop! It looks great. And now I must go start my broccoli plants.


  2. Tammy says:

    I love your whole setup! I even like the door. You might try a fun funky color. You are so blessed.
    I love reading your posts.


  3. Frankly, the chicken coop looks too nice for chickens, though I agree with you about the white door.


  4. I’m going to vote on painting the door. Lovely shed/chicken house.


  5. I’d paint the door a color you can live with for now, then keep an eye out for a replacement that strikes your fancy – maybe a salvage door from an old house?
    Spring is on the way, for sure!


  6. I don’t know what your house colors are, but paint the door a dark tone if it or a complimentary color of it, like dark burgundy or dark forest green etc. I thing that would look great with cedar. Great looking shed! Lynne


  7. Beautiful building! As far as the door…I have a friend who roughly stained pallet wood slats in complementary colors and attached them to his door – he painted the door black, closed it, and attached the wood just to the part that’s showing when the door is closed. It doesn’t affect the weatherstripping, etc. It’s beautiful. Just a thought 🙂 (Found you on the Chicken Chick Hop)


  8. vetteklisa says:

    I am in awe (read as pea green with jealousy) of your chicken coop/shed. I’m in the process of trying to figure out what size/shape/etc. I need for our new chicken coop(s).


  9. kathythechickenchick says:

    I can’t WAIT to see the living roof! Your coop is amazing. I vote for either a barn red door on the cedar coop OR french country blue.

    Looking forward to the progress report! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


    • Thanks! I’m really excited about it. I’ve got a couple of colors in mind for the door and a niece who is artistic. We’ll get our heads together and hopefully make it fit right in. Of course, I’m thinking window boxes, etc. 🙂


  10. Cacapon Gardener says:

    A lovely chicken coop & run. How big is the run? I just got my 4 Ft x 6 Ft coop and need to build the run. Yours look very nice and roomy. What type of wood & wire do you use for the run? Thanks for sharing your garden 🙂


  11. danielle says:

    Hi from the chicken chick hop! Your post made me sigh with contentment. yes. great day! like suggestions of a bold color for the door. also, you can “stain” them to look like wood if it is wood grain pattern (my suburb neighbors did it to their front door and it looked awesome – add some iron rustic hardware and accents and only you will know. Hoping the rest of your days are just as great (minus naughty kitty). – danielle


    • Danielle, thanks for visiting my blog! And for the suggestion for the door. Sometimes I feel like painting it a bold bright color and other times I want a darker color. It takes me forever to decide, too!


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