Getting There

As everyone knows things move slowly when you sit and watch grass grow, but it finally gets there.  The nice thing about this farm is the flowers help to mark the time passing.  The vegetables in the kitchen garden are growing a little more each day and in about a week more we will be eating green onions from the garden.  Then when I thin the spinach we will get a small serving of that and then things come along much faster.  In the meantimPhoto on 4-7-15 at 1.22 PMe I watch the flowers change.  I forgot to show you the red bud tree.
This is the small redbud tree.  8 years ago I planted two small sticks labeled red bud and the killing frost we had that year killed one almost back to the root.  The other grew so big it started to interfere with the pear trees so after Norman complained about it enough I got sick of listening to him and told him to cut it down, which he gladly did.  Now the little one can get more sun and it is growing larger and this year is just loaded with red buds.  It is a delicate tree so hard to see with the other trees around and in the background but in person it is just beautiful!   The pear trees are in full bloom.  This is only the second year for the Moon Glow pear so there will not be many pears but a couple dozen will suit us fine.  The Bartlett will be luck to get two pears, maybe next year.  The peaches no longer have flowers and their little green peaches are too small right now to get a picture of.  Up from that are the apple trees. Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.26 PM #2


This is the car apple.  In New Hampshire the crab apple was always planted in the apple groves to give good pollination of all the trees.  I am hoping that is tree since my Winesap has lots of blooms this year and the golden delicious has none.  Even if it doesn’t help pollinate the Winesap it is a beautiful tree right now.

Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.26 PM

I tried to get a close up of the apple blossoms but they are so far out on the tree it is hard to see them, but here is proof we have some blossoms this year for the first time.Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.25 PM

This is the other side of the apple tree.  This is a big tree and to see any buds I can’t get a picture of the tree also.

The bleeding heart is starting to bloom also. Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.23 PM

This will get much bigger and loaded with such branches but I always love the first branch best.  By July this is all gone past as it does not like the heat.  Where it is planted it gets only the early morning sun so loves the spot. You can see the Vic Major grown at its feet.  I have to pull that out each year so it does not grow right up over the bleeding heart when it rests in the late summer.  There are two plants and last year I almost lost one as the vica major was chocking it out.  Now I watch it and pull out the vines when they grow up over the crowns.  Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.23 PM #3

Between the bleeding heart and the hellebore  is a carpet of vica major, you can see a small coral bells on the left hand side but they have to struggle to live through these vines.  There should be some fox gloves in there also but I am not sure they survived the winter.

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The hellebore are still blooming.  I have to protect them also.  They should have little babies each year but I think the vica major kills them off.  I have been moving the vica major back and maybe this year I will push it back further.

Sunday when Joe and Holly were here they brought up some strawberry plants.  I didn’t have room in my gardens for them so we took the old recycling bins we brought up from Florida and planted one bunch in each bin.  Holly took the poorest lot to see if she can nurse them back to good plants and next time they come they will take the second bin.  So Holly this is how the better ones look now.  Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.27 PM

These will have berries before the summer is here.  The grapes are starting to open also.Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.24 PM

These are just opening.  They will get branches out of each cluster and each will get three or four bunches of grapes.  These are  Concord grapes and make wonderful jelly and juice. I guess that is all that is new right now.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Getting There

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    We just have snow! I enjoy your writing and pictures every evening! John says he can see a few crocus blooms close to the house foundation. I can’t get there- the snow is too deep.

    • Hi, great hearing from you. I just went to McMinnville and got some plants to put into the lower garden, now we need to plant the first three rows. Each of these rows are 23 feet long. Then Norman will till up three more rows and we will plant those in green beans I think. we have 9 rows in this section and them 7 in the sections we save for corn plus the potato section and the rhubarb sections where we always put a couple pepper plants and the tomatoes run down the side. They help keep the deer out as they don’t try to jump over those and nobody like to eat them. I’ll try to get a couple pictures this afternoon and blog again. I forgot to put in the pictures of the dogwood so hope to put those in also. Take care of yourself. Love Carol

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