Day 343: Bradford Pear Tree

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I mentioned I would post more pictures of things blooming on the farm. I was hesitant to post these pictures of the Bradford pear trees they are very silly trees.

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The blossoms smell off (like cat urine) and the way this tree branches off makes it very suseptable to damange in storms.

My horticulturist friend explained to me that a tree with a wide angle between trunk and branch is very strong. Bradford pears have a small angle between the two so as the branch continues to grow and get heavier it is more and more likely to break off.

There was much more to his rant, which included invasives, non-fruiting ornamentals, blossom smell, a handful of much better landscaping options and so on.
Look here, you actually learned real information on my blog.

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Eat the spring-time!!
Ah, there now. I brought the IQ back down to entertaining and away from informational. 

Day 341: Pond

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I had a had a half day with one of my girlfriends yesterday. We had a cocktail and lunch at a Mexican restaurant and she treated me to a pedicure with shellac on the toes (more on that later).

After running around town we came to the farm so she could practice the manual settings on her fancy camera. What we learned, nature is not very convenient.

Dragonflies and birds are a tease, turtles are too smart to surface near us, and goats are buck wild at best. Still, she got some great shots and she is learning her camera better and better.

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Me and my android phone took wide pictures of the pond, photos of photographer and soaked as much sun and warmth in as possible.
I hope today is just as beautiful as yesterday.

Day 340: Cherry Tree Bloomin’

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The cherry tree by the goat pen makes a brief but beautiful appearance every spring. I can already see some brancehes with leaves emerging. Yesterday only a few branches were blooming, so I guess I caught the perfect time on camera.

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Who can look at nature and not be a part of it? I snuggled up to the tree and got some pictures of myself too.

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Love, love, love our cherry tree. I just wish it would stay like this for longer, or perhaps make some cherries to eat. Ornamental fruit trees always leave me hungry.

Day 339: Forsythia

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The forsythia is blooming. Or, I should say, the few branches that escaped the loppers are blooming. We had two huge bushes right beside the house and last year we cut them back.

Of course, forsythia is a butt. It’s back. I thought about throwing a cover on that part of the yard to kill it, but I bet we’ll be fighting it for quite a while to come.

Yes, the little yellow flowers are pretty but the rest of the summer and all through winter it looks like a scraggly unkempt monster bush. There are plenty of scraggly things on the farm already.

Other things are blooming now too…

Day 319: Seeds!

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Quick photo of some of the seeds we bought from Sustainable Seeds and Park Seed respectively. Not all of the seeds because by the time I took this picture we had already planted four trays of 72 cells each.

Already planted are the three varieties of kale–Winterbor, Red Russian and Siberian Dwarf.
We also started the Kellogg’s Breakfast, German Johnson, Roma, and Hungarian Paste tomatoes, and some golden acre cabbage.

What’s left are what you see here. Pumpkins, cucumbers, melons, honey dew, cantaloupe, birdhouse gourd, spaghetti squash, loofahs gourd, peppers, one tobacco variety, herbs, and a coupla flower seed packets.

Not pictured/purchased will be corn varieties, limas, okra, Derby green beans and more that I can’t remember.

So excited. If we get a better harvest this year then we won’t need a garden next year. Last year, the drought was so bad that some of our stuff didn’t come up.