Monday, April 15, 2013

A Perect Spring Day

A small section of our rock garden - a favorite place in our yard.
Kind of weird looking double daffodils.

After several very cold and rainy days (my days off ) we finally got one of those spring days you look forward to. Calm, warm, and sunny. It was a perfect day to work in the gardens. So we were out there the whole day, transplanting, mulching, and weeding. There is still so much to do, like putting straw on the strawberry bed, planting the veggie garden, and planting out annuals and new perennials.
I went to the garden center on Friday, just to see what they had out. And as I got out of the car, it started sleeting! Needless to say, I didn't buy any plants that day.

The chicks are in that awkward adolescent stage. Not as cute as they were, but we enjoy them anyway. Soon we will try them out in the hen house and see how everyone gets along.

I hope everyone has a good week, and maybe a perfect spring day to be outside.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Weekend

What a wonderful weekend we had! Lots of things I love - family, friends, and gardening. It didn't hurt that the weather was fairly warm and sunny.

On Saturday we went to the garden center and got those pretty violas. I like them better than the bigger pansies.Then we picked up 6 chicks from the feed store. We have always ordered day-old chicks from a mail order company, so I was surprised that these were already three weeks old. We didn't really mind, because we weren't required to buy a minimum, and we didn't need 25 of the little guys:)

While Rick got the chicks settled into their new home, I played in the greenhouse and planted out the violas. What a happy time here, checking the flower beds several times a day to see what's coming up.

We were hosting Easter dinner, so I cooked all day. On the menu was ham, twice baked potatoes, roasted asparagus, deviled eggs and rolls. Our friends brought roasted brusel sprouts, salad, and a cheese and meat tray. For desert we had banana split dessert, chocolate cupcakes, and cookies. Lots of food for lots of people. We had to squeeze around the table, but we had so much fun.

Tad had a great time collecting eggs in the backyard, while the adults ran around taking pictures of him. Doesn't he look cute in the bunny ears I got him? And of course, Eric spent a good part of time reading Tad the books he got in his Easter basket :)