Today we have a lovely example of happy accident. Down at the border of the parking area, and the slope we plant on, the Lady of the House planted what turns out to be an Evening Primrose from the seedling swap. The happy accident isn't the planting so much as where it's been planted. Evening Primrose usually blooms in (you guessed it) the evening. Ours blooms all day due to the shade it's been planted in so we've been able to really enjoy it. I'm not usually a flower person, but it's a sweet little flower. Of course lots more is worth noting at the moment.
Speaking of producers and product, here's a picture of the three chicks we adopted from a school project. The bookends look like they're hens, and the one in the middle certainly looks like a cockerel to me. There's a good chance he won't even survive to meat weight because of his behavior. He's already started attacking the other chicks with him, and even my hand. He's from leghorn stock, and they are known to have lines of roosters that are extremely aggressive, both to humans, and more concerning to the hens. Some leghorns are aggressive and don't communicate well which leads to them raping their hens to the point they're not just bare, they can end up killed by the rooster. So we'll see what happens with this guy. We know he'll be going, the question is if we can hold off long enough for him to be meat, or if he's too mean for that.
Of the greens the one I was most excited about is seeing leaves sprouting from one of the fruit trees we recently planted. I'd been starting to get worried I'd killed all of the fruit trees in planting them, and I still worry I may have killed most of them. This one though definitely is doing just fine. This is one of the apple trees, and it only has a few leaves, but it does have them! I'm going to be killing off anything that's growing close to it for obvious reasons, yet another thing to do this weekend and on my day off other than coop building, hutch building, fence setting, and other weeding.
Fortunately on the weeding front, the Lady of the House has been busy. In addition to taking care of the Critter, and working on her business venture, she's been weeding like the wind when ever she has an opportunity to do so, and as you can see from the photos Right and Below she's been doing a great job. The garlic is doing very well, and even if we were inclined to harvest it, it's too wet right now to think about. We are happy to let it wait though, and hope to get flowering again. Some of the garlic already has scapes going, and is doing very well. I don't know if you can see that some of the garlic has fallen over, and is lying down. It's still growing just fine, but I definitely didn't plant deep enough last winter. Consequences of planting at night in the dark in the rain, on no notice. Ahh well. Not a big deal given that they're still growing just fine of course.
wedding and the birth of the Critter. If we can come up with the money, or find it for free I'm considering mulching heavily and trying to just kill off the entire lawn other than what we're planting deliberately. We shall see, it's a lot of area and path to mulch.