I am way behind on the happenings around the farm so hang on, we’ve got a lot to see.
But come August they become the famous 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. 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″.
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!
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. There are 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Cherry Eggers, and 3 Black Australorps.
They are Granddaughter, Eagle, and Froggy approved.
And yes, they are in my house.