Friday’s Farm Fotos

May 21, 2010

Here we are, another Friday, and time for some miscellaneous pictures from around the farm this week. Per usual, in the order they came out of the camera.  Here we go!

Here’s the retired matriarch of our Shetland sheep, Miss Coconut.

female sheep

Got it made in the shade. . .

 She loves having her head scratched and is always looking for treats.  (I have NO idea how she got that way.  Must be The Farmer handing out treats, yeah, that’s it. . .)

This one is an interesting combination of beauty and the beast… beastly odor that is.

Beauty and the Beast(ly odor)

That Monarch butterfly is on a Voodoo Lily.  It’s the only one I see growing this year.  *Someone* keeps mowing down the bank where they grow. . .

Here’s a closer look:

Dracunculus vulgaris

When that big bloom opens, it generally will lay down horizontal.  And smell.  And attract a LOT of bugs.  (There’s more pictures and info about this plant at Voodoo Magic.)

And of course, I have lots of hens and baby chicken pictures, so here’s a couple of those:

On the move!

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chicks

A chick, chick here. . .

Oh, and here’s another picture of the rambling rose growing up in a big oak tree.  I put a couple of arrows in there so you can see better how far it is up into the tree.

Paul's Himalayan Musk Rambling Rose

And while we have lots of bluebirds and Tufted Titmouse birds and robins and such flitting around, there are also still lots of cardinals to brighten up the place.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

And speaking of bluebirds, we have some nesting nearby.  Here’s one after it took off from the nest. . .

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

And one of the bluebirds is looking down at the hidden nest here. . .

Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Their nest is hidden in a pipe that is bracing a gate post.

The arrow marks the spot!

The nest is just below a hole in the pipe, so I can see it’s there, but I can’t see in it.  Can’t see down the pipe either, because it’s too close against the fence post.

It’s been raining this morning, so I wondered how the little Tufted Titmouse baby birds were doing since that’s just an open hole in the post.

Rain doesn't seem to dim the appetite of baby birds!

They seem to be doing fine, in spite of the rainy weather!

The rain doesn’t keep the sheep from getting out to graze either.

A Trio of Shetland Ewes

And last for today, a picture of a bloom and buds on my Country Lady rose bush.

Country Lady Rose

That’s it for this week.  Have a great week-end!

Friday’s Farm Fotos

May 14, 2010

It’s been a while since I did a post with an assortment of pictures I’ve taken around the farm during the week. So here we go, pictures from our house to yours, and in the order I took them this week.

First up, a couple of flower pictures after a rainstorm. . .

bloom of Geranium Biokovo (Cranesbill)

Geranium Biokovo (Cranesbill)

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pale pink rose

Dr. W. Van Fleet climbing rose

Inside, there’s the ever rascally African Grey Parrot. . .

"What's down there I want to play with?"

The azaelas in the front flower bed are blooming.  I still think it’s strange to have azaelas and roses, for instance, blooming at the same time, but that’s the south for you.

Azaelas Autumn Sangria (left) and Autumn Twist (right)

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Azaela Autumn Debutante

Here are some chickens in the front yard.  They’ve made a dust bath out of a hole left behind after digging out a tree stump.

Chickens, sunshine, and dust bath!

Of course, on these hot southern days, not only is a dust bath nice, but getting a drink from the bird bath is pretty good too.  (Notice all the BATHing going on?)

Ahhhh, cool water on a hot day!

Never mind there are several places for them to drink, them seem to think the bird bath is for them too.  So I guess it is by default!

Out in the back pasture, there is lots of white clover blooming. . .

White clover (Trifolium repens)

As Emeril Lagasse is fond of saying, “Wish we had smell-o-vision!”  All that clover sure puts a wonderfully sweet fragrance in the air.  It’s lovely.

I noticed we have birds nesting on the front porch again this year.  The babies look like they ought to be ready to fly soon.

"Are you lookin' at me?"

Remember I mentioned azaleas and roses blooming at the same time?  Here’s another rose in full bloom.  It’s a rambling rose climbing up into a big oak tree beside the end of our driveway.

Paul's Himalayan musk rambling rose

Oh yes, and yesterday The Farmer did some more tilling in his garden.  He’s going to plant watermelons in the rest of the space.

Spaces marked out to plant watermelon.

Last night I saw a bunch of birds going singly and in small groups to go nest for the night in the woods.  I couldn’t see real clearly, but I suspect it was a murder of crows heading for their roosting spot.

Flying off to be murder. . .

I don’t know why a group of crows is called a murder, but like those birds, it’s time to end this and fly off!

Today’s Yard Blooms

May 3, 2010

We have all sorts of stuff blooming now.  It always makes me shake my head a little.  Growing up in West Virginia, we had more of a progression of blooming plants.  But here in the south, spring and summer stuff can get all jumbled up together.

For instance, right now we have these plants blooming around the house. . .

I brought starts of this plant from our previous home in Alabama.

Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle

I guess Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle is appropriate considering The Farmer is a die-hard Alabama Tide football fan!

Along the same fence line, there are red roses blooming now.

These old-fashioned bush roses were already here when we moved here.  So were the bearded iris plants in a big circular flower bed around a huge oak tree in the front yard.

This clematis was also already planted.  It grows along a wall made of railroad ties, and up into a fig tree I planted there.

The Lenten Rose plant by our front porch is still blooming.

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis)

At the other end of the front porch, a small hosta plant is surrounded by ajuga in bloom.

Ajuga and Hosta (Fragrant Blue)

In the same bed, there are three small azalea bushes in bloom.

Azalea 'Autumn Twist'

Around in the back yard I have a variegated weigela bush.  It’s another plant I brought from our last house.  Most of the time I call it my Resurrection Bush, because The Farmer told me in no uncertain terms that it was nothing but a dead stick, and I was wasting my time planting it.

Variegated weigela (Weigela florida 'Variegata')

Every spring when it blooms I usually find myself making some comment to The Farmer about “all those pretty blooms on that dead plant.”  It’s a miracle!

There is also a blue clematis blooming in the rose garden.

And of course, last but not least in my book, there are also roses blooming.  This one is called a Butterfly Rose.

Butterfly Rose (Rosa chinensis var. mutabilis)

It’s also known as a China Rose.  I like it because of the various pastel colors it has on one bush.

There’s more things blooming, like the old-fashioned lilacs still have some blooms.  But what a mix!  I think of roses in the summer, and azaelas in the spring… but everything is all mixed together.  Sometimes I’m not sure I like this “all at once” style, but that’s the way it is.

So I just enjoy the blooms *whenever* I see them!

Froggy Friday

April 16, 2010

I guess these frogs aren’t so mindful of my presence lately.  Maybe they’ve got other things on their mind, ha, ha!

At any rate, I saw a couple more close to the sides of the pond this morning:

Frog

Just resting.

And one even closer the edges, among some of the green growth. . .

frog in pond

"It's not a lily pad, but it'll have to do."

I also noticed my rambling rose is greening up.  It get leaves sooner than the oak tree it’s climbing, so it’s easier to see in the spring how far up it is.

Rambling Rose - Paul's Himalayan Musk Rambler

Paul's Himalayan Musk Rambler in oak tree

The green to the left at the bottom is the rambler, and then all the green way up in the branches is also the rambler.  Ought to be pretty when it blooms.

We’re leaving tomorrow for a vacation in Florida.  Ellie is still there getting therapy, so we’ll see Richard, Chrystie & her.  AND the Sanford clan is there, AND Phantom son Randy is coming… so we’re gonna have a fun family reunion!

And on the way down The Farmer & I are stopping off at the Okefenokee Swamp to do a little exploring.  Never been there, so this ought to fun too!

Loose Lipped Llama

August 25, 2009

It seems the critters around here are bent on misbehaving lately.  First our African Gray Parrot was bent on eating things she shouldn’t, and now our llama lady decided to do the same.

Llama eating rosebush. (www.ruralramblings.com)

Note the chicken in the background on the left?  Well, see that little gateway in front of the chicken between the tree and fencepost?  That’s where our silly llama squeezed through to get into the backyard.

Llama eating rosebush.

She loosely lips the leaves off the rosebushes without getting close enough to the stem for the thorns to get her.

Pretty smart actually. 

Naked Rose Stem

But kind of hard on my rosebushes.