Front of the house, bought a bright red geranium so the
house finches can raise their family, and to let the
Hummingbirds know, the snack bar is open.
Is hard to see the Grape Vines yet, but they seemed to come through this winter
OK, did cover them in hay to help insulated them from the harsh cold winds. Put down some hardwood bark mulch, in hopes it will help keep the weeds down. Planted some creeping thyme and strawberries under and near the Grapevines, to both utilize the space and also help suppress the weeds in time.
Small Strawberry plant, flowering already.
Peony plants all made it too.
The ones I over wintered, also covered them with hay.
Seems to of done the trick.
First Peony is in the front of the photo.
Can see where we have not weeded yet.
Farther back, we weeded and put hardwood mulch down. Also planted some Dahlia's we bought from Coscto. They are inter-planted with the Peonys, and should be quite pretty later in the season.
Rugosa Rose's I am growing as a hedge row.
Really hard to see right now, so I drew little red arrows to point the way.
Have more on order to make a hedge row around the kitchen garden.
This will help save the plants from harsh winter winds.
Some point in the future, I plan on putting up a Pretty garden fence to keep the poultry out.
Just glad my chickens do a great job at keeping the ticks at bay around the house and the two most close pastures they are allowed to run in.
Pear tree flowering...
Kitchen garden doesn't look like much at this point. DH and I did a lot of weeding.
Putting down Hardwood mulch, to help keep the weeds from getting out of hand.
Knock on wood, seems like the grape vines and Current bush made it through winter.
I "think" the peonys made it, but time will tell.
Lost only one Rugosa Rose.
Going to use these as hedge rows, so they help protect the plants in the kitchen garden.
Bought a horse fly trap, horse flies are really aggressive here, makes it really hard to lead the horses to different pastures, let alone ride. My Horses are good about it, and will stand still for us to kill the bugs. Their bite is super painful.
Hopefully next year, I will be able to afford another one.
Also using Fly Predators, to help with the other types of flies.
Have to do something, do not want to go through Spring/Summer/Fall like last year.
Red House Finch, letting us know, he needs more food... Now!