Today's blog is brought to you by the color purple.
Purple seems to be a predominant color in the garden right now.
And though the lilacs have finished,
the Baptisia (false indigo) is just beginning to bloom.
This is one of my favorite perennials,
as it grows bigger and better each year...
(up to a point and then it seems to begin to shrink.)
Iris is beginning to pop up here and there in the perennial garden.
Clematis is climbing against the barn wall.
Beside the clematis are peonies... another favorite.
We are enjoying a lovely stretch of spring weather.
Most of yesterday was relatively cool and breezy...
The breeze kept the gnats away, so it was the perfect day to work
in the vegetable garden.
All of the boxes are planted now,
and in some, the seedlings are mature and veggies are starting to form.
In no time at all we will be inundated with vegetables.
I have been spending countless hours outside these days...
between garden chores and animal chores,
the days are full.
Yesterday morning we received the oddest phone message.
It was from a neighbor that has a farm about a mile away.
She wanted to warn us that someone down the road from her had stopped
to tell her that he had a wild boar (perhaps a feral hog?) with tusks on his property.
After doing a little research, I found that apparently feral hogs
are becoming a real problem in many states.
Now if someone had said there was a "wild bore"...
I would have agreed...
Sammy is our wild bore... resting as usual,
as I clean the front pasture.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence is this scene...
It cracks me up to see all of the horses trying to crowd into the donkey house.
Inside, lurking in the shadows are two Littles, as well.
Flitting around the pasture was this little butterfly.
I've never seen a swallowtail this tiny...
not much larger than a dandelion.
The barn kittens are becoming more and more friendly...
allowing us to pet them and pick them up.
They spend their day outside on adventure, but never out of sight of the barn.
Another bit of good news...
Bobby is starting to walk on his front leg again.
We never did figure out what was wrong.
Luckily, whatever it was got better!