A few things to catch up on. Last week was Paul’s 40th birthday–Happy Birthday to him! We enjoyed the day by taking the kids to the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA. It’s funny how when you’re a parent it’s fun for you to do something that’s really fun for your kids simply becuase it gives you pleasure to watch them enjoying/experiencing something. That’s the way it was with our day. Then we came home and I whipped up a cake and some salmon for dinner. A couple days later was Mother’s Day and we enjoyed puttering around the garden in great weather, and then in the evening I got on a train and headed to Washington D.C. for a couple days for National Library Legislative Day. We did some weeding and assessing of the yard. The hostas are huge and look much better now that the crazy weeds around them are pulled. The pond area is absurdly lush. It may be the only real life experience I’ve ever had of plants getting as large as their tags say they will.
So, on to some pictures! Clark picking up a hen. They easily escaped a makeshift pen so we left them gobble up weeds and worms for a while while we were out with them. They are really quite tame.
I just loved these striped tulips so much this year:
While I was away Paul took this. Apparently our yard is a lovely place for everyone to hang out in in the middle of the day:
The peonies are getting ready to burst open
I was delighted to come back and find the columbine blooming (and it is noticably spread since last year.)
Our once despised, now beloved “driveway weed flower” is blooming again, prolifically. [By the way,as I took these pictures I realized that if you look at posts last May you’ll see pictures of the very same plant. But I can’t help myself! I must photograph them each year.]
The pond forget-me-nots are blooming and they are quite dainty and lovely:
And finally, a nice brother and sister moment I was able to sneak up and capture without them knowing: