Author Archives: Debra Farmer

About Debra Farmer

I'm a wife, mother, and grandma, I live on the plains of central Kansas. I have chickens, goats and a miniature donkey. I also share my life with a very special toy Australian Shepherd, Wylie. Life doesn't get any better than that.

Even Flowers Need A Rest

I always enjoy my zinnias out by the chicken house, (which now is just a house as there are no chickens currently living in it.  I do miss them at times, but will not miss the COLD winter days of having to go out and tend to chickens.)  Zinnias, one of my favorite flowers, they are so easy to start from seed and SO many colors from one packet!!

 

After the first frost they aren’t so colorful.  A post by shoreacres, on her blog The Task at Hand made me feel so much better about my dried up zinnias and the upcoming winter months ahead of us.  Please visit her blog and I hope it can lift you up as much as it did for me.  (There is a link to her blog at the end of this post. )

 

From Turning Toward the Morning, by shoreacres, The Task at Hand

by Gordon Bok

a portion from his song:  Turning Towards the Morning

It’s a pity we don’t know
what the little flowers know
they can’t face the cold November,
they can’t take the wind and snow.
They put their glories all behind them,
bow their heads and let it go,
but you know they’ll be there shining in the morning.

Please visit shoreacres post Turning Toward the Morning

to see the post and be sure look around her  blog!!

State Flower

The native wild sunflower is the official state flower of Kansas.

A field of sunflowers that were planted in June will be harvested when they turn brown and dry out.

 

I like the tall one.  It’s watching over everyone.

Heads are bowed.  Starting to dry out.

Native sunflowers can be seen in field and in roadside ditches.

 

 

These aren’t sunflowers, but they are yellow and SO pretty.

 

 

 

More Rains And Flooding

We are certainly stuck in a rainy weather pattern. A few hot and humid days then stormy weather returns. This morning I emptied an overflowing rain gauge filled with 5 inches of rain.

Farmer Dry Creek

It will be a few days before I have to mow!!

Outlet at McPherson State Fishing Lake.  A 46 acre fishing lake just west of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge built in 1954.

Impassable low water crossing due to the release of the fishing lake.

Of course I had to stop and take pictures of the wildflowers.

Field of wheat that is flooded

Turn Around – Just south of Hobbs Creek Road, Saline County, KS

We are certainly needing some hot dry windy days so the farmers can get into the fields to harvest.  Praying for them.