What a fabulous Memorial Day weekend we had here at the Lebel Farm or Cair Paravel as I like to refer to it. The sun was shinig for three consecutive days this extended weekend, a first in decades, no joke! The birds were chirping, the lawnmowers roaring and the bees buzzing.
Around noon yesterday I decided to go out and take a few shots of the hacienda. I am particularly proud of my roses this year. I have a pretty green thumb as thumbs go, but here in the beautiful northwest I have always found it a challenge to grow roses. Between the misty, cold spring and ever present hungry deer it has been nearly impossible. Last year I actually had some that bloomed but after our record cold winter this year they failed to return to me with any vigor, so I decided this weekend to pull them out. A difficult decision made easier by the fact that about a month ago I purchased new bushes - but this time they will be grown in pots on my back porch. They are doing great! I am partial to orange, yellow and coral colored double blooms and they must be fragrant. I found a great variety called Just Joey. It is a hybrid tea rose with a fruity fragrance. Simply beautiful!
I also purchased A lovely climber to replace my deceased King Tut Climbing Rose, it is Eden - an everblooming pastel pink and cream yellow old fashioned rose. It promises to be perfect for a fence or gazebo. She will go next to my potting shed where old King Tut used to be but she will be in a pot instead of directly in the ground. This way I can bring it in from the cold or wrap the root if need be.
These pictures are from the web, mine are still in bud form but I am so happy with them this year. They are vibrant green, not a yellow leaf or aphid in sight.
My begonias are also fabulous this spring. Aren't these pinks to die for. They are so happy in their pots.
The bees were buzzing, doing their pollination thing. I love them. Some people are afraid but the bigger the bee the less afraid I am. They lumber along busy doing their work. I don't mind them and they tolerate me. My sister Carolina is scared to death of them. So, when I planted Lavender along my walkway she freaked out. These Lady Bradshaw Geums are planted outside my veggie garden.
Anyone for chives? These are in my herb garden next to the Borage.
Our Snowball bush is in full bloom. It has grown 4 feet in the last two years. It is now 10' tall - I got this as a start 7 years ago from a friend. I love it.
A couple of closing pictures of the chickens. I have had to keep them in their coop this year because of hawks and eagles, yes! - I said Eagles. They literally fly in and attack. The crows also steal the eggs and if there are no eggs they go after the weakest, oldest chicken, but how could I deny them the sunshine and healthy diet of bugs. I have an ulterior motive, the eggs taste better when they free range. I have mostly Araucana because I love the blue and green eggs they lay.
This is our last Top Hat. She is about 6 years old now and all her siblings have long since gone. She is a survivor!