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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April (Early Spring Again)

 

Hummingbirds started showing up Easter Sunday... Besides the coral honeysuckle, they are also visiting  salvia lyrata and canada columbine. Unfortunately, no camera at ready when seeing those visits.

Cherokee rose, Georgia state flower... I grew from a cutting...


Black Locust flowers (Robinia sp.) Brought suckering root stock plants out from a garden in town... original tree is long gone... people don't like colonizers... me? I need the fence posts... 

Nicotina

Snowball bush

Spring pea blossoms

Poppies have begun!

Magenta Spreen (Lamb's Quarter)

Flowers on the culinary sage.

Varmint control





Lots of iris!





 

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

More Early Spring!

 Turnips have started to bolt... so... no more turnip greens...


It's ok though... the kale is taking up the slack...

Kale leaves and lambsquarter tops

Spinach omelet made using kale and lambsquarter... I wish the picture did the omelet justice.

Lightning struck a tree near my house yesterday...



Did a number on my house wiring... blew up outlet boxes, not sure yet how many things were destroyed... I'm living with drop cords until I rewire the house...

New Biddies... Check the fuzz on toes! I crossed a cochin into the flock... Cute as they are, I feel tempted to trim the feathers on the daddy's feet so he can scratch effectively... what impresses me about the cochin is their size and temperament.

Mom & Pop...

Starting to see roses...


Carolina Jessemine



Cat picture.


picotee spiderwort

White violet... Usually my violets do poorly... rabbits eat the leaves...

Flowering peach


 

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Early Spring

 Terribly disturbing weather over the rest of the country... I'm glad to be here!


The Hellebore are in full bloom!

Spring brings rain, and the hens are happy with the shelters I recently got from a neighbor.


Garden peas are up!

I caught this great rainbow outside the kitchen door one afternoon last month....

Turnips! I've been eating all winter... leaves in the stew, and raw tubers for lunch.


The animals are plotting a revolution....

Pepper plants and citrus trees taking a vacation outside...

Biddies!


Another hellebore bloom.





 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Happy election day!

I sure am ready for the political commercials to stop... And... an end to all that campain junk mail in the mail box!

Meanwhile... How about some nice garden pics?

Can't say that I've seen this terribly often... A butterfly three-some!
Those florida state butterflies (zebra longwings) are freaky!



Agalinas purpurea... didn't have as many agalinas this autumn as I'm used to seeing...


This cardinal is already eating the lambsquarter seed!

Clinopodium carolinianum (Georgia savory) 
Locally native to a small patch in the brush on this small tract... 
Wasn't difficult to transplant a few plants into the garden.

One on my monarch caterpillars that hung around for a few days after exiting the chrysalis.

Ghost peppers and Carolina reapers

Green striped cushaw... a couple that I was able to grow in spite of the cucumber caterpillars.

MMM steak! Spotted a nice Bambi roadkill on my way to work recently... put it on the truck and turned back around... shared some with the kitties.

Helianthus angustifolius...

Daisy mums...

Light frost this morning... most of my plants remain unfazed, but the chickens are enjoying the spiny cucumber vines...



 

 

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Some more pictures.


 I'd previously seen the horned devil caterpillar... Neat to see the imperial moth hanging out on a cosmos plant next to the garden path.


I don't often get monarchs... I grow several kinds of milkweed but, when they don't fly in, they don't lay eggs. I saw the mama monarch laying eggs, and then saw 3 of these guys... Now, I need to look for those green chrysalises.

There's two gulf fritillary caterpillars in above picture... Earlier this summer, I had zebra longwing caterpillars on my passiflora

You gotta look close to see the cucumber worm on the stem of my squash flower... really difficult to get any squash with these guys inside all the blooms before they even open!

Good kitty! Something is eating my sweet potatoes and cow pea plants... I don't see rabbits... I suspect the rats.

Zebra longwing. Really mild winter last time... I've had a ton of these all season... most years, they don't even get here till nearly autumn.... I think they were able to winter over... 

licorice goldenrod (Solidago odora)

sand bean (Strophostyles helvola), I tried cooking with it recently... Gotta tell ya, you gotta pick those beans small... Let them get anywhere near their full size and it was like trying to eat bark... So... some were edible... some, not so much.

Oranges on my hardy orange tree.... I've already had some fresh squeezed lemonade... from above fruit.

Another pic of my biddies... I crossed a Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster with some tetra tint hens, and ended up with these gorgeous pullets! Oughta be a breed theirselves!

3 year old ghost pepper plant... Personally, I think these peppers are about as good as I can ask for when cooking... Of course, you may not want to use the entire pepper...



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