Tulips around the yard are beginning to bloom.
The fish are swimming around quite a bit. I got the pond cleaned out after this picture, it usually requires a few minor cleanings in the spring.
An unusual Frittilaria.
Deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls'
White Bleeding Hearts
Old-fashioned Bleeding Hearts, I have lots of these, I just love them!
A Frittilaria, the one and only.
And here's an update on the chicks. At the top left is Tina, she's the largest, below the yellow one is Chirpy, the little one on the roost in Blossom (she must be the slowest growing chick ever, but otherwise she's fine), the other brown chick is Sunny. The bigger chicks are getting their feathers, testing out their wings and their personalities are really showing.
If you remember we had originally gotten four. Well, a friend recommended we go check out a feed store that she had gotten her chicks at. She thought I would really like the stuff they sold there. A woman there showed us some chicks and my husband asked my girls and I if we wanted a couple more.
We said yes! This is Elke and Inge - Barnevelders. They are a couple of weeks younger and a couple of the older chicks have been chasing them, so we have divided the brooder with chicken wire so they can eat and rest without being bothered. A couple of times a day I put them all together when I can watch and make sure they are doing okay. Once these two are a bit bigger we'll let them all stay together.
Gracie is totally fascinated with the chicks. She likes to sit on my lap and watch over the side of the brooder while the chicks hop around. Today I took each of the four big chicks out to meet her. Gracie followed Tina all over and neither seemed bothered by the other.
Tina likes to sit on top of the feeders and when the cover is off she pops her head up to check things out.
I've had some time to garden as well as watch the chicks. I was able to get the potatoes planted, fertilize the roses, lots of weeding and planted some things by the picket fence.
Hoping everyone is seeing some sun, or at least an end to the cold weather soon!All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.