Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It Looks Like Spring.

I have to admit that winter is pretty much over. Spring is winning. This morning I went to let my hens out of their house. It was still dark. The sun was coming up but it wasn't over the mountains. I checked the chickies. They were awake and ready for breakfast. I went out and took a lap around the pasture and I knew that spring is here. I have started my spring weeding.

On Saturday, Ron and I worked out in the boysenberries.  We took out the thorny ones and moved plants around. I think we made it just in time as this week with it being warmer they are starting to bud. Berries are just the best for jam. When I made jam at Christmas it was like having distilled sunshine in the kitchen.

Can you see that giant artichoke plant? Its already huge. I think there are really three there.
It has a smaller baby coming up to the right of it. I think we really should just grow artichokes out
here because artichokes are so forgiving to the heat and drought.

I have spent two days working in my flowerbeds. I finished the back one this afternoon. It was filled end to end with grass. I fed lots of it to my chickens then when they had enough I decided not to save it.

My rhubarb is growing so fast. We moved it here last year and kept it in those plastic containers. It really is too warm in Bako  so we have moved it all over. Since it survived here so well we are going to go ahead and plant it here in the flowerbed. When I was weeding I found so many earthworms. It made me so happy. This place was a cattle pasture for years and years and then we built the house here. There were no worms. So to see them now is so nice. I even have a new leaf on my Comfrey. I do love my herbs. I need to get more mint this year.

I started my front flowerbed that has my hydrangeas. They are really starting to bud out. You can see I am not showing you the other side of the porch. Lets just say that this next flowerbed cleaning is going to be done with a shovel. It is so overgrown. It feels nice to have a few beds cleaned.

Because its spring, I had to make a wreath. I have had this wreath pinned on Pinterest for years. I always remember it in the summer and tell myself, next year I am going to make it. Yesterday I sat down and made it. It makes me happy. Its kind of gaudy but I think spring flowers are in a way.

So that is a little bit of things I have done this week. You are asking yourself about now, " Can she move?"
I think this evening is going to be tough as I haven't reached my 10,000 steps yet. For some reason my fit bit doesn't know about gardening. I need to fix that.

I hope you have a wonderful evening, its time for me to go fix something for dinner.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


Julia said...

Kim, your blossoms are so beautiful. I bet they smell heavenly but that giant artichoke looks a bit prickly. I never grew them... The only one I ver got were in bottles and I haven't had any for years.

Your spring wreath looks so joyful and welcoming. You're ahead of me on the weeding. We still have tons of snow even though it's been raining.

I dug up a huge perennial flowerbed last fall and planted 169 tulips but didn't had a chance to weed my flowerbeds so I have my work cut out for me this spring when it arrives.

Three Sheep Studio said...

I'm loving that big artichoke plant !
Great job with all your gardening.
Your berry jam sounds wonderful.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I know my body is going to rebel when I start doing yard work!!1 The older I get the more my body!
You have a great start on bed cleaning!
Sweet wreath.
Hugs :)

Kessie said...

Look at all that spring growth! With the ground wet and warm, I'll bet stuff is growing like mad!

annie said...

Loved all your photos, such pretty blooms.
Loved the wreath, it just seems very happy!
Worms are buried treasure :)

Angela said...

I have spent the last 3 days in the yard and I am feeling it! I think your wreath is pretty and cheerful.

Gumbo Lily said...

Pretty blossoms! Lucky you to be able to work in the garden beds. I think your spring wreath is really pretty. I have been trying to think of something that is spring-like but not too much since we live on the brown and white (snow) prairie at the moment. Tulips would look so out of place right now.

Blessed worms, doing good work!

GretchenJoanna said...

That is a healthy looking artichoke plant. I remember when we had 1/3 acre and room for artichokes, we planted ten of them I think, and each plant increased in size as it grew side shoots such as you see on that one...

Pom Pom said...

You are going to be hula hoe-ing from now until winter, aren't you? I might do a meager amount today because the weather is going to be sunny.
The artichoke plant is pretty!
The Zelda photo shoot was amazing, too!

Empty Nester said... having distilled sunshine in the kitchen...that was lovely! How do you come up with these things? You make me feel motivated to get outside and do some work in the raised beds. They are horrible for vegetables, or maybe it's my lack of a green thumb, but flowers love them. However, winter is going to try and come for the next 5+ days so that will be my excuse to never mind it. Haha! I wish I had you here to help me decide what to put out there. That would help tremendously. :) I actually bought rhubarb once and made a pie. It was delicious! What else does one do with rhubarb? It wasn't something my grandmother used so I have no idea. Such a beautifully written post, as always.

Debbie said...

oooh kim, the wreath is beautiful - definitely a Pinterest win!!! we had spring today 65 degrees and are expecting snow tomorrow. i hope my daffodils survive!!! my gardens are all over the place and all my plants are so confused!!!

Kim said...

That artichoke plant is amazing. We would never see one that size around here. I think your new wreath is beautiful. So bright and cheery.