Wednesday, May 7, 2014

First Week of May on the Farm

First and foremost:  It has been way hotter than normal and way too dry!  We have decided not to waste $5,000 worth of fertilizer and just hope for more rain so we can have a decent cutting of hay.  We are lucky we have almost 150 bales left so if we get half of last year's harvest we will be OK.

I have been working on getting  the yard back in order and have been moving very slowly.

I have planted one dogwood (l to go); one red locust; one crabapple; 2 lilacs and two hyacinth beans.
The hyacinth beans are already blooming.  I put one on each end (east and west) of the garden fence.
The ground is so dry I am running the sprinkler on the lawn where I want to put the second dogwood.

I planted a very short row of filet pole beans (white seeded; not like I did last year) I found the tag and it was Fortex which was a wonderful bean that got up to l0 inches long and still was very tender and stringless.  I will definitely order some for next year.

I tilled the west garden strip  again and managed to plant three tomatoes before I decided it was too wet under the heavy mulch so I pulled it back (the mulch) and will let it dry some before planting again.  That is the best advertising for mulch that I know! 

The strawberries are blooming nicely and should be safe from frost now.

I am sorting through my seed stash (remember I lost my new order of seeds!) to see what I will use  this year.

Blooming now:

The iris are just starting and the peonies are budded out.

This one is Spiced Custard:

and this I call:  Ugly for obvious reasons,

Fragrant Lilac:

More are budded out but these are the early ones in my garden.

Some Clematis are beginning to bloom:

This is the Annabelle Bed and the clematis on the left is this one:

There is a clump of Blueberry Bliss iris in front, Annabelle hydrangea in the middle and two dark purple clematis on the right end of the red panel.

and this is my favorite lunaria (money plant).  It is a self-seeded variegated one.  If if looks like it is in a cage, that's because it is.  It came up there and since that is inside the chicken yard, it worked out well.  There is one more on this side of the fence.  I hope to remember to collect seeds.

This is a clematis on the garden fence:

and these are my prize romaine  lettuces that volunteered this year.  I have already harvested one.  I failed to get any lettuce planted so we will have to really appreciate these few.  I may try some seeds under the hoop with a shade cloth over.

The snowball bush is now in its white phase:


The AC went out yesterday (a 90° day!).  The house is just now started to get too warm.  Serviceman was called and promises within two days,  he will be here.......I think the temperatures are supposed to drop about 10-12 degrees which will help.


Already mentioned  the hay and fertilizer situation.

We are taking more calves in to sell today and should be going back for the check shortly.  Thankfully, beef prices are still extremely good.

This is the group when we got them up to wean:

Talked (again) to our hay man and jack of all trades about having some outbuildings painted and he thinks he has a  man free who can do it.......I may have to call him again.................


  1. Glenda, as always, your plants and gardens are just magnificent! Your Iris' are to be treated with kid gloves as they are just gorgeous. I planted Money Plant from seed I got from my MIL's yard after she passed and am excited that is took!!!! May good fortune come your way with the sale of the calves, my friend...:)JP

    1. The sale went well; we may need it: I see a new AC/Furnace in our future..........

  2. Man, I hope that we're not going to be in another hay crisis like 2012. Can't take another one like that. Hope your calf sale went well and that check is a fat one!

    1. Carolyn, we are worried about the hay situation too. Our grass is growing but would be twice as far along if we had actual moisture!

      We should all keep our fingers crossed.

      Beef prices are still up, hallelujah!

  3. Dear Glenda ~ It is always a joy to read about what is going on there at your farm. You are busy and your blooms are so pretty.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  4. Thank you Lorraine. It's amazing what plants can do even when the weather isn't the best.

    Did you get any of the torrential rains that hit Florida recently?

  5. Lots going on at your place! I hope you get some appreciable rain soon. We got some last night, the bullet tank is about full and that means an accumulation of about an inch over two nights and a day.

    There is nothing like mulch to keep the moisture from evaporating out of the ground. I just wish bindweed and bermuda grass roots didn't thrive so well under it, though.

  6. Yes, I can see that your soil is extremely dry. Pretty flowers though. My sis in law has the same problem with chickens eating her flowers... she's trying to devise a cage for the flowers. Ha! Funny that she has to cage the flowers and not the chickens! They jump up and eat the petunia blossoms right off the plants. I too enjoy reading about what is going on around your home.

  7. Always love seeing pics of the cattle. Flowers I got. Cows? Not so much. :-D

  8. Your flowers and cattle are thriving. Way too dry for me too. Had a seven inch rain that went down the creek along with some land too, I think.

    We've had one soft, slow rain but not near enough.

    Blessings to you. Thanks for your comment and visit.