Saturday, March 14, 2015

Plant Delights and Juniper Level Botanic Gardens

We went to the open house at Plant Delights Nursery yesterday, the focus was on hellebores. It was at least 10 years since I visited there, back then I didn't know what a hellebore was. I do recall spending $125 and getting a box and a half of plants, this time $125 bought a half box of plants. Just about everything they sell is rare and unusual, so one would expect to pay more.

Some impressive gardens don't you think?

One thing that was a surprise was all the trillium in the gardens, never seen so many in all the years I have been gardening.. 
The gardens are called Juniper Level Botanic Gardens
Meg, bought the above trillium Oconee Yellow, we have a few trilliums in our garden. Maybe one day we'll have a mass of trilliums like shown below.

 I'm a big fan of cyclamen we have maybe 6 varieties in our garden, I added 2 more today, one of them a white blooming cyclamen.

  • Ok now for some hellebores from the gardens.

  • Above is a single flowering hellebore.

  • Here is a semi double hellebore.

  • Above and below some very nice double hellebores.

     Yellow hellebores used to be somewhat rare, not anymore.

     This semi double I've love to have in our garden one day.
     Below is Penny's Pink we have it in our garden expecting it to open up any day.

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Chicken yard update.

    I wanted to share with everyone some of our chickens. We currently have 19 chickens, 17 hens and 2 roosters. The youngest rooster is looking for a new home?
    Above is our "runt" Cream Legbar at 20 weeks old, she is a bit smaller than her sister below. These beautiful birds lay blue or green eggs. Not confirmed their eggs yet. We also have 2 Easter Eggers that lay blue or green eggs, so hard to confirm until we see them on the nest.
    Above and below the bigger Cream Legabar same age 20 weeks. Her neck feathers are brilliantly golden in the right light.
    One of our 2 Black Stars at 20 weeks. The combs are slow growing and will be red when she is ready to lay eggs. The green sheen on her back and golden tones on her breast makes her an interesting bird.

     Above is one of our two Red Stars. At 20 weeks we think at least one of them is laying eggs.
    Above is Frenchy, she is 18 months and is a Cinnamon Queen. Best layer hands down in our chicken pen. She is second in command with the hens.
    Above is one of our 4- 9 weeks old bantam chicks, we raised from eggs provided by a friend and a raised by our broody hen Lightbulb. She is my favorite, love the colors!
    Our 9 week old cockerel, he's looking for a new home. Any takers? We think he's been attempting the crow the past 2 days.

     Here is our bantam rooster. He's fast and usually does not know what to do with our full size hens. He does have the 2 Easter Eggers as favorites.
    This is Ding-a-ling she's a 18 month old Welsummer, we have tow of them. They are nice birds, the eggs are a bit small and don't lay as many eggs as some of our other birds.

     Above is our other Welsummer, she has small spurs like a rooster. She doesn't have a name.

    Above is Lightning, she's a bantam we got her where she was about 8 weeks old. Her name came from the fact she was our first bantam and she's lightning fast.