Farmers market season has begun and the herbs have finally grown big enough to come along for the ride. Our flowers are still tight little buds, but their blooms aren't far behind. I check on them each day, making note of their progress and sometimes their regression, thanks to slugs & bugs or bunnies I used to think were soooo cute. (Nothing breaks your heart more than watching a rabbit chomp away on the billyball flowers you started from seed in March.) In the meantime, I've been busy in the studio infusing oils with potent herbs for salves & balms, grinding cedar & pine into incense, bottling herbal bug repellent, and making a solid perfume blend with dried roses.
Speaking of roses....they're in bloom.
And the chickens! Each day their feathers are more beautiful than the day before. From the top: Dorito, Penguin, Peanut Butter, Rosie, Black Betty. We planted hops along the wire to give them some shade. It grows up to 10ft. in a single season, so it will give the ladies a nice shady spot to hang this summer.More photos to follow from the garden, the studio, the coop.