Monday, February 27, 2012

Great Book

I am currently reading a book that has me ready for planting and wanting to have a hobby farm, if I didn't already have a full time job that is.  The title of the book is The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball.  Perhaps some of you have already read it.  I cannot remember where I found the book other than somewhere on the internet.  Pinterest perhaps?  What a great find it has been!  Everytime I read, I feel as if I am tranported to the farm and experiencing all of the peaks and valleys these two experience as they start out a new farm.  The transformation in Kristin from New York city girl to farmer is inspiring.  Kristin is a wonderful author that catches your interest early and makes you not want to put the book down for fear of missing the next event/near disaster/victory.
If you haven't already read this book, I highly recommend it.  :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

First Robin

My husband just came home and said that he saw two robins today.  It is always a bit of a challenge between us each year as to who sees the first one.  This year, he wins.  :)

Spring Sprouting Update

I took a cold walk around the yard today to see how my perennials are faring in this crazy weather.  Today's forecasted high is 33*.
One of the best things about blogging is being able to reference previous years to see what particular plants were doing when. 
Daylilies-these are the ones that I call Roadside Lilies
Stella D'Oro daylilies
Blackberry Lilies
Siberian lilies
More daylilies
Crocus with a bud starting
This Hyacinth isn't faring as well in the cold

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Tufted Titmouse

I have been seeing this little guy at one of my feeders for a few weeks without success at capturing his picture.  Today I had a bit of success and was so excited.

Isn't he cute?  :)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Red Breasted Nuthatch

I was lucky enough to catch this Red Breasted Nuthatch out my dining room window today.  There were a couple of them.  They are sure hard to get a photo of.  They don't hold still for very long...much like a chickadee.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spring sprouting update

Today is a gorgeous sunny day that makes you dream of springtime.  The forecasted high is 42*, but with the sunshine, it feels warmer.  I thought I would check the progress of my budding plants.  I am still hoping they don't get nipped by a late winter cold snap.

Variegated iris
Apple tree
Peach tree

Dwarf Fothergilla

Last fall's rosebud

Cherry tree
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