Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cleaning the Milk Parlor - More greenery outside - Scones and Lemon Curd

We are still having warm weather here.  Yesterday it was cloudy most of the day but nice and warm.
I milked and then decided to stay in the barn and begin the organizing of the Milk parlor.  I worked just an hour and got a lot done but suffered the rest of the day for being on the concrete too long.

I put up the new shelf so now I have everything up off the floors and pretty well sorted.  I still need to sweep and clean some things.   This is the room in the barn with the ss sinks and the old frig where I process my milk.  It is just in front of where I milk Willow.  The old bulk tank still sits in the middle of the room and I wish it were gone!  Then I would have a roomy 12x12 area.  I need to check into that this spring.  Surely there is a market somewhere for this equipment that DH should have sold years ago!

I couldn't resist the urge to try scones with the rest of the lemon curd.  I made them for breakfast yesterday morning and we finished up the lemon curd.  We both like it very much.....I did add a little bacon on the side.

I saw lemon curd advertised somewhere, a very small jar, for $!  That would make a lemon pie worth a lot of money.

The other day Kris showed her sprouted potatoes she is saving for is a bag of mine I had on the back porch and I found a lot more in the milk parlor during my cleaning process.

These will have to be cut first but I have a lot in the barn that are sprouted tiny potatoes and will be planted whole.
I may I will buy some red potatoes and some Yukon Golds to let sprout too.


Here are some more greenery pictures I took the other day.  Note the 'ground cover' around the base of the rose of sharon....if you can't beat em, join 'em!  Henbit has been the bane of my gardening existence since moving here.  I have sprayed it, pulled it, cut it down and tilled it in.....and it is more lush than ever.  It occurred to me walking around and seeing it on every bare piece of ground that it grew similar to my purchased lamiums......I think I will just throw in the towel and let it be and consider it as native ground cover.  I do plan to weed whack it into semi submission before it blooms.....

The roses have never lost all their leaves.

and many have 1 inch long new growth on them.

I love self-seeding anything.  When you have a lot of space to cover, these are wonderful plants.  One that takes this a little too far is malva sylvestris and it has a long taproot like its cousin, hollyhock.  This makes it very difficult to eradicate so mostly, I just let it grow where it will.
I have these vibrant green clumps everywhere, even in the vegetable garden (those will have to go!)

I always leave Annabelle's bloom heads on so I can enjoy them in the winter.

(note: more native ground cover here)
Speaking of self-seeders.......... this is nigella damascena.  She has covered more territory than ever before.
and I have several patches of her in other places.  This is just the white variety.  I wish I had the blue one too.
The catalogs always say that foxgloves will self seed if they find a happy place....after years of growing these biennials, I think mine finally have.  It could be a neighboring salvia but I think it is foxglove.  Time will tell.

The shastas have stayed green all year too.

I found one lonely gaillardia,

and here is my favorite 'real' ground cover.  This is one of the lamiums.

another bed of nigella,

For me, snaps are practically perennial.  There are three or four snaps in this group.  They started life as the heirloom blood red one, but have morphed into various colors....maybe self seeded from the mother plant.

This next is lychnis coronaria,rose campion (fuchsia one).  I am amazed how it self seeded on this stump and  grows and blooms.

It is another rampant self-seeder.

The nepeta Walker's Low is greening up.  I need to divide it this spring!  I think I said that last year too.

and another plant that self seeded all summer and stayed green all winter (so far).  I wish this was the purple one, but it is the white.  Hesperis matronalis or Dame's Rocket

I have very few tulips because of the varmints eating the bulbs.  I thought it was moles but a very knowledgeable gardening friend said  they don't....that it is most likely gophers or voles.
These are safe because they grow in a raised narrow planter right on the patio by the back door. I keep tossing leaves over them and need to do it again.


I am happy to report they are keeping  us well-supplied in eggs.  We got 10 yesterday.  I am getting a rainbow mix of eggs.

This picture is for Ilene.  This shows a pullet egg next to a normal sized one.  They will be smaller for a short time but soon catch up.


  1. Well, Glenda, that is a tantalizing title. But I think we're gonna need a few more details. LOL No entry appears under the title.

    1. I am having issues this morning!!!!
      Let me know what you see now.

    2. OKay, the text appeared when I checked back just now.

      I've got a lot over evergreen perennials this winter too. Even the grass is looking vibrant.

      Did you spread the curd on the scones or use it in the batter? Look at all those pretty eggs. Your girls are doing you proud!

    3. You use it as a spread. We split them open first but they were so crumbly, it would have been better as a topping.

  2. Glenda, I wouldn't mind small eggs as long as I could get SOME! I think mid Feb. it ought to be time. Aldine is constantly running after one hen or another but I haven't seen him be successful yet. I noticed your white Americauna. They are yellow when chicks and the only yellow one I ended up with was Marilyn. Maybe if I let these hens raise chicks I will get some white ones. Amazing how many different colors and color patterns these chickens come in.

    I pull the Dead Nettle aka Henbit for the chickens. That is green when nothing else will be, and the chickens love it. I wonder if it will make their eggs taste bitter?? I too have given up the fight. Out here where lots of things won't grow, at least it crowds out the Bermuda grass, which, I have read, gives off a growth-inhibiting hormone from it's roots! If it's in my way, we till it into the ground or just dig it out, otherwise just let it be, it keeps the wind from blowing away the soil as well.

    1. What you feed them won't affect the taste of the eggs. Mine eat the henbit but don't seem crazy about it. It should make the yolks darker though.

      That hen is really a silver. I don't have anything white left.

  3. We've planted tulips almost every year......basically just for the *&^*#@! squirrels to dig up and eat. I've hear that you can wrap the bulbs in a wire mesh & then plant them and they won't get dug up or eaten. Not sure if it works, but I'm going to try....I miss having tulips in the spring!

  4. Looks like you have a lot of greenery, Right now I have a few flowers peeping up,but also some weeds,I could do without those.I love country eggs,wish we had chickens! Blessings Jane

  5. Your scones look so good! Funny, how warm our winter has been.

  6. I am absolutely amazed at how green and how much growth you already are seeing, Glenda! It makes me drool with envy. We will be starting anew...:)JP