Calif_Sue's blog: chicks and garden

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 6:07 PM

Been a while since I have had a chance to get some photos posted. In-laws have been here 2 weeks and they have been a great help in the garden, my father-in-law was out every day fixing bender boards along the pathways and scraping the crushed granite paths clear of weeds and leveling them and helping hubby with the finishing touches on the coop. Below he is working on an area that we will be making into a small patio by adding used bricks to, if they weren't leaving tomorrow, he probably would have it all laid by the end of the week! He just can't sit still. The planter box to the left of him will be for strawberries and herbs, to be planted next year.
My mother-in-law clipped spent rose and other blooms every day, watered the pots and enjoyed puttering around the garden. And they are both in their early 80"s! They have a large vegetable garden at home so they are used to the daily activity, keeps them young!

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The 6 week old and 3 week old chicks went out into the coop last Monday and they really seem to enjoy the run. I bring them bug treats from the garden and they greet me at the gate every time I approach.
I found this corrugated metal chicken at a local nursery and hubby attached it to the coop door.
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Here comes the gang! Lily is so funny, always stretching her neck to check things out!
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The two littlest are last to step out
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Kasey takes keen interest in the girls, they only take a mild interest in the dogs.
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A few garden shots:
I got some bark chips down in the new garden area, the amaranth self seeded everywhere and I pulled several but left these.
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This golden South Africa rose looks lovely between the lavender Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Skyscraper') and the blue blooms of Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek')

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Crocosmia, this golden one named 'George Davison' and Russian sage in the first shot. The crocosmia was almost wiped out by a gopher last year but they are tenacious and obviously made a complete comeback!
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Hard to tell in this shot but the grape on the left has reached over to the rose on the right and I have to duck to walk under it now.
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Love the lush grape vine on the old wood arbor, this is the one that has clusters of grapes hanging everywhere.
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Summer Song rose is planted next to it, see those grapes in the first shot?!
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Tiger Woods and Salmon Star
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Tradescant rose backed by a dark ninebark
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Jeri Jennings rose with crocosmia
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St. John's Wort (Hypericum Hypearls™ Madelon)
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Rose critters
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Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns with an orange crocosmia and Melianthus major
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