Catching Up

I am way behind on the happenings around the farm so hang on, we’ve got a lot to see.

These little ladies are behaving for now. surprise lily

But come August they become the famous Naked Ladies ( Lycoris squamigera) Two long-legged Naked Ladies (Lycoris squamigera) The foliage of this lily pops up in early spring, soaks up sunshine for a couple of months and then goes into hibernation until August.  Other names are Resurrection Lily, Surprise Lily and, around my neck of the woods, Nekkid Lady.

Also showing up to the party is the peony bud. peony Peonies are very long-lived flowers that bloom around the first of May. This particular peony was given to me by my grandmother.  It was given to her by her mother.  The original plant has been divided and replanted several times and I’m guessing it must be at least 80-100 years old! I have several clumps that I will be dividing and replanting all over my flower bed.  The trick to great blooms is not to bury the roots too deep.  One to two inches of soil over the “eye” (white area on bud pictured above) is all that’s needed.  I usually plant them about 1″ deep and then mulch about 1″.

The chicken coop (aka Hilton Hen) is complete on the inside. chicken nests This old wooden nesting box I found at a flea market years ago will finally get put to use.

I also bought an automatic door for the chicken coop.  It is solar-powered and also has a light sensor so the door automatically opens at daylight and closes at night.  It’s awesome!

chicken coop chicken coop

The chicks have arrived.  They are 3-4 weeks old which would mean they were born around my birthday, so I have given them that birthday also. chickens chickens There are 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Cherry Eggers, and 3 Black Australorps.


They are Granddaughter, Eagle, and Froggy approved.

Hallie Hallie Hallie

And yes, they are in my house.

4 out of 5 bluebird houses are occupied and incubating bluebird eggs bluebird eggs

The spicebush is blooming and waiting the arrival of the swallowtail butterflies. spicebush

Serviceberry trees dot the woods serviceberry tree

A water line was dug to the barn and chicken coopwater line water line water

The sedums and hen and chicks have arrived and are patiently waiting to be planted on the living roof of the chicken coop. sedum voodoo hen and chicks sedum

We also took time out to:   play with every toy within a half mile radius, toystoys Learn piano piano

Ride a bike hallie and bike

And fly a kite kite kite kite

I really should get back to my weedy flower bed flower bed with weeds but this weekend we decided to go for a motorcycle ride.

motorcycle, natural damMore on the ride next week!


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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13 Responses to Catching Up

  1. Wow, Brenda – you’ve had quite a busy time! Love the surprise lilies – my grandmother could never bring herself to call them Nekkid Ladies 🙂


  2. wow!! What an update! Where did you get the chicken door? and I can’t wait to see the peonies blooming!


  3. M Norv says:

    Love this post!! tn


  4. Your granddaughter is very adorable! Your chickens seem to be getting first class accommodations, I hope they appreciate it. Looks like you are having a lovely spring – so wonderful about your bluebird houses!


  5. Wow you have been busy. Love the trees in bloom and bluebirds already nesting. I saw a pair hanging around one house. Not sure they have built their nest yet. I hope they can endure the tree swallows as they return and try to oust them.


  6. Peter says:

    So much happening! I’ve admired Nekkid ladies in other people’s gardens and keep meaning to plant some but always forget until I see them blooming. Maybe this will be the year I remember. How exciting to have water to the coop and barn and actual chicks but especially to have time with your grand daughter! Happy Spring Brenda!


  7. Jim McEwan says:

    I’m in Australia. Just wondered where you can buy the the automatic solar powered door opener with sensor




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