As I write this, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill is upon us. The rains have come in waves and as soon as I go out to do anything, it starts to pour. I go in and it quits. I go out and it begins again. Back and forth. Forth and back. Raincoat on. Raincoat off. Boots on. Boots off. Then it’s dark. Repeat for days. I hate to complain about free irrigation, but enough already.
We had a two-week break from the 15″ of rain in May. During that time, we processed 17 meat chickens and moved the remaining 48 out to the chicken tractors. I had to get another tractor to house that many birds and it is an old rabbit hutch that Allen put wheels on. The chickens seem to be doing ok with all the moisture but I am having trouble keeping their food dry even though it is in the covered part of the tractor. Rumor has it if this weather continues they are strongly considering becoming ducks.
My vegetable garden has never looked this good in mid June. Fortunately, I was able to mulch the garden well before the rains hit and, although it seems to be draining well, walking in it is impossible. I still have lettuce which I can reach from the edge as well as banana peppers so I’ll try not to complain. The rains will stop on Saturday and the temps will soar into the 90’s making it full-blown summer again.
Some of the flowers I have blooming are Asclepias tuberosa (which you know is one of my favorites)
Heuchera, an Arkansas native, that grows well in part shade and our rocky soil.
Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), another Arkansas native, grows up to 5 ft. tall and is great for the back of a sunny flower bed.
I’m lucky to have a hydrangea expert in the family
as well as someone to show me the intricate details of a dandelion.
He is also known for his rock arrangements.
I also love to incorporate garden art amidst the flowers.
But Magnum P.I. considers himself the best garden art of all.