It’s been a rainy Monday in Kansas, with more rain in the forecast. I liked how the raindrops were clinging to flowers.
Hard Red Winter Wheat
Monarchs stopped by today on their way to over-winter in Mexico. Each spring and summer there are 3 – 5 generations born. Most of them live 5 weeks, with the exception of the last generation born at the end of summer. They make the journey back to Mexico. They will then return the following spring. Over-wintering monarchs can live to be 8 months old.
The monarchs were feeding on the butterfly milkweed and vitex (Chaste tree). We are also in the process of adding a larger area of plants focusing on plants that attract butterflies.
On my way back from Burns yesterday, I stopped at a shop in Marion, KS. TC’s WhatNotShop (look them up on Facebook) is a unique shop located on Main Street that is stuffed full of so many interesting items. A combination of new and used items. They carry KU and KState items that you don’t see at the chain stores. Lots of hand crafted items too. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring home a new rooster. When I placed it by the chicken run, he scared all my chickens!! I love Yard ART
It has been so HOT and with little rain there is no water running thru the creek, but the flowers are so pretty this summer.
Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia)
They grow in the wild and are edible and nutritious. I haven’t tried them (and probably not going to).
Vitex (angus-castus) or Chaste Tree
All parts of this plant are edible. Joe Pye is said to be named after a Native American, Jopi who used this plant to cure typhus in the 1800’s.
The Hall’s Japanese honeysuckle is in full bloom. It’s an invasive medium-fast growing vine, but I have plenty of room for it and I absolutely love the smell. The double knockout roses have so many blooms that occasionally a hen will pick one, but they really don’t bother them at all. Whenever I plant anything the hens gather around in search of any worms that I dig up. I put small river boulders around the base of each plant so they won’t scratch underneath the plant. Other plants in the run are, Butterfly Bushes, Vitex (Chaste Tree, which is really not for this area zone 6-10, but I love them and it’s worth a try), Cotenester, Hollyhocks, Maple tree, Pampas grass, other various grasses, and of course numerous weed.
I enjoy walking out to my chicken house this time of year, a few years ago I planted honeysuckle along the north fence of the chicken run. The varieties blooming now are Mandarin and Goldflame honeysuckle. The Halls Japanese variety hasn’t started blooming yet, but it’s loaded with buds. It is my favorite, as it’s the most fragrant.
Welcome to the coop de ville!
This is my feed room. The plastic trash cans hold plenty of layer and scratch grain, also keeps any critters from getting into the feed.
I especially love my galvanized bucket chandelier. When I asked Mr. Farmer to help me put it up his reply was, “you want me to what with this bucket?”
left to right – Earl, Orville and Wilt
Mr. Farmer also made this horseshoe paper towel holder!
I made the grit dispenser out of a small cake pan and PVC pipe. The girls enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror.
The little pink chicken door is great. It’s on a timer so I don’t have to go out and open it early in the morning, of course it shuts at night, keeping them safe from any varmits. I found it on the internet and no it didn’t come pink, I painted it!
I’ll post pictures of their outdoor run when it’s not so muddy and all the plants (that they don’t eat) are blooming.
” Happy Birthday” to my Brother. Have a wonderful day.