Monday, 16 April 2012

Welcome To The World!

A Celebration of Spring Growth
Today, two of our dark brown eggs hatched - French Copper Black Marans. After our dismal attempts at hatching eggs, and with 2 of these already being smashed courtesy of Royal Mail, we were just about ready to give up on these eggs and the whole idea of trusting our postal system with delivering fragile eggs.

Your old home is needed. Out you go!

2 Crested Cream Legbars and 2 Cornish Dark Indian Game chicks take on the outside world. It didn't take long to start squabbling over a worm!

Meanwhile, in the veg garden, fending for themselves...

Glad I held off with the potatoes, or I'd have been busy heaping soil
on new sprouts to protect them from the frost.
 
Parsnips pushing through

Turnips should give a quick crop




Broad beans always seem to take an eternity to come up

 
Up come the peas





And the first asparagus - two different types. I won't harvest much this year, but from next year I can take as much as I like till about June.

The natives are well advanced now.

I love Red Dead-Nettle,
but not as much as the bees.
 
And in the orchard the young plums are in full blossom.

 














While, in the protection of the greenhouse...
These young lavenders are doing brilliantly.
Reckon I should get well over 100 plants
for the price of a packet of seeds.

Young poached-egg plants,
excellent for bees and hoverflies.
They will go under the fruit trees where the hoverfly larvae will munch any nasty aphids.
and how many Gypsophila plants will I have?
All my pepper seedlings are looking very healthy this year.





Back in the herb bed the Angelica is going mad - now in its second year it will flower and produce thousands of seeds.


And, judging by this sequence of events,  young guinea is definitely a female



Bring on frost-free nights, then things really start moving!

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