Sunday, July 06, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
The neighbor down the street (about six or seven miles down the street) was moving this last week. Roger drove by and happened to stop at the residence (I'll not go into why) and the lady asked him if he knew of anyone who wanted some chickens.
As luck may have it, he did. We have now added five more souls to our menagerie of cats, dogs and fish. Meet the newest members of the RJ Ranch.
Colonel Kellogg.............PFC Araucana............and R to L Buffy, Brownie & Blackie
Can you guess what we had for breakfast this morning? No Panda was not invited.
I hand up the tubes while Panda patrols the yard; our contribution to the cause.
I did manage to get the garden planted and everything is coming up. I just hope there is time for everything to mature before fall sets in. Maybe we'll miss that season too. Thank heaven the watering system I've used for the last two years still works. I hope it lasts a few more.
I took these photos just after planting and will post some more in a couple more weeks as a comparison to see if everything continues to prosper or becomes overcooked greens with the heat. I'm told that watermelon don't do too well here in Washington but, I can try anyway.
So far the Sun Flowers (strictly for the birds), the radishes, onions and lettuce are coming up from seed. I only planted one row of each. I'll be planting more as summer progresses.
The Blueberries and herbs are still in the green house. They appear to do better there. Roger has set up a swamp cooler to help with the heat.
We also have some cherries on one of the trees we planted two years ago. We'll see just how many we're able to get before the birds eat them. Look close, they're still very green.
I've had to replace the cover on the strawberry patch. We should have a lot of them this year. The weight of all that snow sort of did the cover in.
This is the old cover. We have some remnants left from the deer fence so I've used them to build a cover for the strawberries. We've been able to gather enough strawberries to supplement the blueberries from the greenhouse and blend them together with some yogurt and banana. They make great smoothies...Yum.
I purchased a package of Red Poppies at the Home Show this past year and planted them in the flower bed in the front yard. Does anyone see any red poppies? I don't. I see orange. I see yellow. So, where's the red?
I told you about my Grandmother's Iris' last time. They're healthy and the blooms are beautiful.
But, can anyone tell me where this one came from?