Saturday at the Farm in Pictures

Who knows how long these irises have been planted in the garden area at the farm?  However long, they’ve certainly survived quite the onslaught of weeds.  Tough, pretty flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garlic is growing like crazy.  It is up past my knees now (point taken, I am not that tall).  No garlic scapes yet.  Maybe next month.  We’ve been out of garlic since February and I’m not willing to buy what is available now, the scapes are pretty hotly anticipated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a lot of honeysuckle out at the farm.  It smells great and just being near any of the bushes whether this color or pink, they are practically vibrating with the buzz of bumble bees.  Too bad this is an invasive plant and will eventually be on the eradication schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We discovered this bird nest on our walk.  It was pretty well-hidden in a shrub and I had to stick the camera over the nest to get this picture without really seeing what I was shooting.  Given the neat little round nest, I suspect some sort of sparrow.  We didn’t stake out the nest long enough to find out.  I also don’t know if the angle of the shot is weirdly making that one egg appear larger, or whether a cowbird may have laid an egg in the sparrows’ nest.  Lazy, cowbirds, making sparrows raise their giant babies…

 

 

 

 

 

We weren’t yet at the farm last year in May.  We hadn’t even looked at it yet.  So it wasn’t until now that we were able to see that we have shooting stars.  Yay!  Another native species amongst all the weeds.  I also found wild geraniums in the woods and despite all the invasive species I complain about, at least we don’t have dame’s rocket, Japanese knotweed or purple loosestrife.  If we can get the multiflora rose and buckthorn out of there, I think we’ll be on our way to restoring the Oak Opening that I’m sure once existed on our property.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll be quite pleased to surround these wonderful old oaks with some of the plants that almost certainly used to grow here before they were grazed and trampled away by cattle.

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