Let’s start with some pansies! I got so tired of Noah (and now Chloe) eating all the pansies that I decided to haul this big pot outside the fenced yard. Better to feed the deer than be irritated at my dogs. I found a little piece of portable fencing to try to protect it from the deer. Within a few days, there were a million blooms!
I am so happy that the lilac is blooming so well this year. Last summer MLG, with my direction, did quite a bit of pruning. They say that lilacs don’t particularly like pruning. I guess we did a good job!
Most of the blooms are too high for me to touch, but this is the best its bloomed in years. I am happy.
And now inside the yard and to the right. Those tall plants are the money plants. They are way taller than I thought they would be. Their blooms aren’t anything spectacular, but its nice to see blooms early in the season. I like the shape of the plants and the leaves are very pretty.
Here’s a close-up of the fringed tulips in that bed.
The flowering cherry is blooming.
And the Japanese maples look so pretty when the leaves first come out.
I can hardly wait for these foxgloves to bloom!
Another view of more Japanese maples. You can see my car there, and a truck behind it.
The truck belongs to J. the Contractor. Yes! The time finally arrived for the construction of the chicken coop. He and his helper were here for an entire week working on the house and yards! Here is the coop with the first yard that was built between the wood shed and the coop.
Nest boxes can be accessed from the outside, and are built at just the right height for me–no need to bend over 🙂
Nest boxes from inside the coop. The rail in front can be removed for easy cleaning.
And a little ramp for the chickens to get outside each morning. There is a sliding door (that I can close from outside) to keep them safe each night.
I started worrying that the yard we planned would not be big enough for the chickens, so I asked J. to build a second yard behind the coop. Both yards are connected by a simple gate. You can see my house behind the coop, so you know where its located. I like that I will be able to look out my kitchen window and my studio windows and see the chickens.
And I thought I’d end with a lovely neighborly story. My neighbor is a wonderful gardener. Over the years she has shared many vegetables with me. This year she planted a lot of tulips. And twice, before a big storm hit, she has gathered some tulips and brought me a beautiful bouquet.
I wanted to show you the white interior of these dark tulips–so dramatic! Tulips last a long time in the house–who knew?!