Yes, we finally have some flowers here! It’s such a relief to be seeing some color in our yard. Not only are the flowers starting to bloom, but the grass is turning green quickly. All the April showers we’ve had are at least paying off. Before we get to the flowers:
Secret Project Reveal!
Luke shows you the raised bed frame for where we’re starting a new memorial garden!
Some of you guessed last week what it would be and some of you didn’t come out and say it but I know that you had guessed correctly! For those that don’t know, I had created a special garden at our previous home around the area where most of our pets who had lived there with us and passed on were buried, or had their ashes scattered. It was the one thing I was most sad about leaving behind at our old home, and I even wrote a whole series about each pet who’s tag hung on the trellis that was there (and came with us). As the project comes along, I’ll be sharing more about it and how it came about this time.
There’s a reason they say guinea hens aren’t good for your garden when you first start it. They can really take over a spot with their dust baths! You can see in the below photo the big area that Whitey messed up.
For those that have been paying attention and are wondering about the guineas being out after our fox scare; after about a week of keeping them penned up with the chickens we decided to let them loose again. There were several reasons for that:
- One of the points of having guinea hens is so that they can eat the ticks around the yard. Since I found the first tick on me this week, I knew it was time for them to get back to work on that.
- They were getting bored inside the pen and harassing the chickens, chasing them around and grabbing their tail feathers. I thought the girls needed a break.
- We’ve felt they were a bit safer from predators; they stick together better and put up a pretty good alarm when something strange comes into their territory. They can fly better than the chickens so can get away. We also had not seen the fox for almost a week, so I had hopes it had moved on. However, it showed up again this week. The good news is that the guineas started chasing it off before I heard their alarm and got to the window! When I looked out, the fox was already headed away; so I think the guineas had scared it. The previous time we saw it, the guineas had been out but they didn’t seem to scare it away. I think that time it was just confused about the whole situation with the chickens being out of it’s reach in the pen, so it kind of froze in place until I got outside and started yelling. The guineas are earning their keep! I’m still concerned about them (there’s been a hawk around too, but they also put up an alarm when they see or hear that), so we are keeping a close eye outside when they’re loose.
We’re not going to be complacent. Unfortunately, the recent sighting of the fox means the chickens will continue to be penned up for a while. I always said our free range chickens are happy that way, and that means more eggs. They’ve been slacking in that department a bit so I think I’m right about that! The Dadz will be home all this weekend though so we may be able to let them out for a bit as long as we are right there keeping an eye on them the whole time. We’re hoping for a nice weekend so we’ll be outside a lot!
Are things finally blooming in your neighborhood?
Thank you to Living Laughing Barking in Our Backyard for hosting the Flower Friday blog hop!