Saturday, June 27, 2009

Today's happenings

Random things around here.

First of all, the cows have a couple of lady visitors; Cliff's brother, Phil, needed to wean those whiteface heifers, and also get them away from his bull for a few months. We have plenty of pasture, so they'll be spending the summer with us.

Cliff is mowing hay even as I type this. There's a 40% chance of rain, but the weather-guessers don't think it will be a lot of rain. When it's first mowed, hay can stand a little rain and still be OK. And yes, we do realize how often the forecasters are wrong.

This past spring I went crazy ordering perennial flowers to plant in front of our house. These coneflowers are a delight.

You just have to love marigolds; these are the ones I started in the house in March, from tiny seeds. Free seeds, I believe, thrown in with one of my flower orders.

These are some sort of miniature zinnias. Over a year ago, I took part in a pay-it-forward thing a blogging buddy was doing, and she sent me a box containing several delightful little gifts. One was a seed tape. It was too late to plant flowers when I received it last year, so I waited till this year. I've really been using the gardening gloves she included in my package, too.

In my frenzy of ordering flowers, I didn't keep track of what was planted where. I didn't even write down what the flowers were. See those tall, spindly plants? Do any of you know what those things are? Right now they're downright ugly, and I've even had the thought that perhaps I have unwittingly been nurturing weeds, thinking they were flowers.

8 comments:

madcobug said...

It looks like those tall plants have flower pods on the stems. It will be interesting as to what they are. Helen

Hollie said...

The flowers are gorgeous! The coneflowers are my favs.

Pat said...

Don't know what they are, but I have one cluster of them and the spike gets light purple on the end. I bought mine at the feed store but can't remember the name. I guess that's not much help - hope yours bloom! Love your blog!! Pat/Texas

Diane@Diane's Place said...

The tall flower spikes look like blazing star, also called liatris, their botanical name. If I'm right they'll have hot pink/purple feathery blooms on them, opening from the bottom up, if I remember right.

Any sign that your expecting cow is freshening and getting ready to drop that calf? You said something about it a week or so ago and I haven't noticed you've said anything else about her....

Y'all stay cool if you can. It's miserable here but supposed to be a little cooler tomorrow and into next week. I'll take it!

xoxoxo

Amy said...

I'm completely enamored with the cows. Maybe it's because I can relate. You can often find me just wandering around chewing something. Hee...

Your flowers are looking pretty! Mine, not so much.

Lisa said...

I love your flowers! Marigolds and zinnia always do so well in the sun and they like our yard too. Sorry I am no help on what those tall spindly ones are because my man who knows what lots of plants are went fishing this evening so he's not here for me to pick his brain. Love the photo of those cows!
Lisa in kentucky

Pat/Texas said...

Yep, blazing star! I think you are correct...after looking at pictures of it on the internet. Just like mine. Pat

Fernan said...

I like the pretty pictures...

I got a neighbor lady always digging up wild flowers replanting them around her house. Tastefully done their pretty. I don't know how she does it. Her stuff grows. I try it mine wilts and dies.

I'm beginning to like weeds with exception goldenrod. and the so called domestic hyscents (all them clustered wee lil' bells) they literally take my breath away.

I gotta get......... day's turning sunny