|The lantana (Lantana montevidensis) and |
Gomphrena globosa 'Fireworks' make lovely companions.
|Day flowers have put on blooms again after rain.|
The county commissioners instituted a burn ban on July 5 (after all the fireworks!), and the rains started three days later. Good job, commissioners!
This rain fell just in time to give plants a boost through to cooler weather. It was pretty durn hot and dry leading up to this week.
|Petunia the hen leads her little flock to safety. See how ruffled up she is?|
She does not like me so close. These chicks are a couple of weeks old.
In other news, we have three batches of chicks in the coop - the most we've ever had at one time. I can't explain this outburst of fecundity, but we are enjoying all the chicks.
The latest batch are miracle chicks. Petunia the hen had trouble this time around. She broke all of her first batch, then moved to a new nest. After a week or so there, she moved again, leaving eggs behind. My husband gathered the eggs and relocated them to the new nest. After five weeks, four chicks hatched successfully.
The second batch is shepherded by Gracie. Gracie was a perfectly mild-mannered hen (though while sitting she growled like a pteradactyl) who has turned ferocious after the hatch. She attacks anyone who gets too close to her five chicks. Now the family has figured out how to escape the outer sanctum, and they spend their days in the woods. One chick has disappeared so far. It's a jungle out there.
|The oldest batch are still staying close their mother hen, Cream Cheese.|
That's all the news from the hill this week. And that's the way it is.