Flowers & Laying Hens

Here are a few pictures of what’s been blooming here in the Valley. It’s so wonderful to sit on the porch and look out at the yard. When I have time, that is, to actually sit on the porch 🙂


Everything looks so healthy right now. Here’s the Irises and Poppy in full bloom. These perennials are in the Pathway garden, which leads to the barn.


Apple Tree

One of our apple trees. This year, it seems to have recovered from the deer nibbling on it. We’re going to have to put wire cages around them, I think.

Virginia Creeper

This Virginia Creeper is one of my favourite plans here. Right now, it’s a beautiful green and as the Fall comes, it slowly turns gold and red. It’s so pretty. It comes back every year and I never prune it, it’s probably the lowest maintenance plant in the yard.


Our New Laying Hens

Our new laying hens are finally here and they are laying! How wonderful to have chickens again after a couple of years with no chooks. We had hens every year since we moved here in 2006 and we were missing both the hens and the eggs.


Hens in the Run

Soon we will put up temporary fencing so they can get out and explore in the afternoons. Since they haven’t been here long, we are keeping them in their run for now.


Highbush Cranberry

The two Highbush Cranberries are blooming.


Perennial Bed

One of the perennial beds under the porch. That’s a delphinium in the background, iris and columbine closer to the front. Next post will be veggie pictures! Our days are still pretty busy here but I can already tell the lawn doesn’t need to be mowed as often. We don’t water the yard in the summer, but will just let it go brown. It will come back again.


  1. avatar Robin says:

    Very pretty! I’m adding perennials here and there to add beauty without adding more work. It’s quite a process.

    • avatar Annie says:

      Thanks Robin. Once they are planted, they are very low maintenance. Just a bit of weeding watering and then every couple of years I divide some of them to get more plants. Knowing you’re as busy as I am during the season, I know you’ll enjoy them for very little work.