Garden Report

This is the year of the columbine! These are some old columbines that self-seeded behind one of the Japanese maples.


These are some columbines that I planted last year.


And one more columbine, right next to the new rose bush I bought last week! I’ll get it planted tomorrow.


A lone foxglove. Remember, last fall I complained that the foxgloves were blooming then, instead of waiting until spring?


Did I tell you I built this trellis myself? This is a wild rose, and it needed some support. I saw these stakes at the nursery and decided I could build my own trellis.


Snapdragons and the Gerbera daisy.


And the lupines in full bloom.


I forgot the name of this plant. Its a perennial that grows well in the shade, with lime green leaves and beautiful violet flowers.


Thought I’d throw in a few pictures of the chickens. They all run over to the fence when they see me coming. Because usually I am bringing them some sort of treat. You might be able to see that many of them are missing feathers. I am not happy about this at all. I think it started because I was leaving the lights on during winter to keep them laying. They were bored, and so they started plucking each other. I weaned the lights off, and I’m hoping that when they eventually molt, that will be the end of their feather plucking.



This is one sitting in the nest box. You can see that they all have a favorite nest box. Most of them lay their eggs in the first and the last box. I don’t know why. All the boxes are equal. I even put a little runway up so they could walk back and forth and choose any box they wanted.


And that’s the report for this week. We have a week of predicted 70 degree weather–perfect for working in the garden. I’m hoping to get some more planting and weeding done this week.

16 thoughts on “Garden Report

    • I knew it had a name I didn’t like! Both plants are much bigger this year than last, but they are still in their two clumps. They can’t be as invasive as the violets! But I’ll keep an eye on them πŸ™‚

      • I was going to caution you also about spiderworts ( tradescantia) becoming invasive. You have a beautiful garden! I love seeing your photos!

  1. I’m so glad you posted a chicken update. I know you’ll think I’m nuts but when I was running on Saturday I was wondering how the chicks were doing! Too funny that they all like to lay in the same boxes. They really are fascinating creatures.

    • I don’t think its nuts at all. Its funny, all the various topics that run through my mind when I’m walking.

  2. Oooh, the foxglove is so pretty!! I have to commend you on how neat and tidy your chicken coop looks. My neighbor’s coop doesn’t look very clean at all…and it makes me hesitant when she gives me eggs. I just feel like if a chicken lives in a clean environment, the eggs are going to be healthier. :/

    • Thanks, Jill! Chickens are very messy creatures. But I do like to keep things semi-clean. Last week I spent a couple of hours removing all the old shavings/straw/chicken sh___ from their house and replacing it with all new shavings. A messy messy job, but I sure enjoyed it being clean again!

  3. Funny, I’ve never known spiderwort to be invasive. Maybe due to lots of shade and lack of water here. Which is a nice way of saying “neglect”. πŸ˜€ You can call it spider lily if you like that any better. Or the botanical name Tradescantia virginiana, but that’s not too memorable. “When the stems of spiderworts are cut, a secretion is released which becomes threadlike and silky upon hardening (like a spider’s web), hence the common name.” That’s from the Missouri Botanical Garden site.

    Hi Debby! Long time no comment. (Me, not you.)

    • So great to hear from you Jeannie!!! I was actually thinking about you a couple of weeks ago. My spiderwort are in shade also, so hopefully that’s the magic way to keep them contained.

  4. I love the foxglove – and overall, your garden is so interesting to me because of the wide variety of plants you have. I could do a garden stroll (with the Queen, of course) and spend a long time inspecting everything!

    Interesting that the chickens plucked their feathers…maybe next winter you should put a little TV in their coop, so they won’t get bored? Bet there is some movie or cartoon that would fascinate them, LOL!

  5. You have such a cottage garden! I love it. Something keeps eating my columbines right down to nubs. I think it’s a bunny. I won’t have any of those blooms this year. I think the spiderwort is pretty. I have some and it’s not terribly invasive, although it will move around. It grows in all kinds of conditions, but I think it tends to be more invasive the sunnier the spot. Just my observation.

    • Funny you say that. I got a couple of new plants, and just walked around looking for the right place to put them, and there’s not really a big overall plan to my garden, just a mist mash. I’m not too worried about the spiderwort. I’ve had it for two seasons now and they are still in their original clumps.

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