|Today's offering from the garden.|
Unfortunately it seems that we are not meant to have geese, we lost all three of the goslings, the first two due to cats, although they did not appear to be injured they died after the cats had got into to the incubator and batted them around. The third one, the first to hatch although not in contact with the cats just gave up without it's siblings.
The Hubbard chicks are all growing well, we hope to get them in their outside housing and run later in the week when it's not so cold at night, they are still only eighteen days old, we will still give them heat in the outside house though.
Our first broody hen failed to hatch any eggs, on examination we found that the embryos had either died early on or the eggs were infertile. As we had just hatched out three chicks in a small incubator we decided to give Betty Bo Two the chicks to foster. She proved to be a great mum from the moment the chicks were slipped under her. This hen has been so named after another Buff Orpington hen that we had in Spain, she was our favorite hen and when we moved we gave her to friends where she went on to produce many chicks. A hen like that should have a name.
|An alpine Aquilegia.|
with it's lovely lovely delicate foliage, and heart shaped flowers of pink and white.
|The rockery, one year on.|
During a trip out we discovered this lovely
|Early Purple Orchid, except this one's white.|
I love to have fresh flowers in the house, more often than not they will be from the garden but I also buy flowers. One of my favorites are Freesias, I always grow these in the sun-room, but I also like to have a vase of them when in season.
|Fly killing flowers. Not good me thinks!|
The runner beans are now at the planting out stage, we had made one support a few weeks back but we had very good germination, too many plants for the one support so
|Bean support, mark two.|