Thursday, May 01, 2008

May Day

Little glimpses around our farm today on this glorious May Day 2008. We didn't deliver any May Baskets but I'm delivering you some bits of spring tonight.

I let the chickens out every morning at this time of year. They eat bugs and worms and love to take a good dust bath. In a few weeks, I'll have too many plants in that I won't want them to eat so their hours out of the coop will be a bit less. They are enjoying every moment of freedom from morning til night.


Otto is Lily Pons' last year's handsome kitten who somehow has managed to become a big strapping cat. (He's the one we kept from this litter of five red striped tiger kittens.) He still is as sweet as they make 'em and really the only cat I have managed to have sit still for me for a photograph. He is loving the daffodils this week.


I have no idea what this shrub is but every spring it lets out a scream of a wonderful pinkish-salmon bloom that I gather by the armload and bring inside. After it's all over, you would have no idea that the homely shrub could be so beautiful.


I love these little purply-blue grape hyacinth blooms. The raindrops hanging onto the sides of them kind of look like little glass baubles.


Happy May!

10 comments:

Diane H K in Greenfield! said...

Hi Kristin. The red flowering shrub is quince. I have one too.

Susan said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. That is so fun that you showed my stuff for the show. I can't wait to see the show hopefully it will be on in Madison. I am sure you were wonderful.
Take care,
susan

meliabella said...

Otto is so cute! :) Do you often give your litters of kittens away? Thanks for the great spring pics!

KnitNana said...

Love Otto, and I thought that was a flowering quince! We had one in my mom's yard growing up!
(((hugs)))

Jess said...

Going to "third" the flowering quince. We have one in our backyard. Aren't they beautiful?

Cute kitty!

Flower said...

Hello Kristin, Your chickens are lucky to get to roam during the day. We have coyote's and they dine on ours if we do that! Your kitty is very cute. Finding a batch of kittens in the barn is so much fun!! I enjoyed looking back at the babies.
The quince is beautiful!! Do you get fruit on it?

Flower said...

Hello Kristin, Your chickens are lucky to get to roam during the day. We have coyote's and they dine on ours if we do that! Your kitty is very cute. Finding a batch of kittens in the barn is so much fun!! I enjoyed looking back at the babies.
The quince is beautiful!! Do you get fruit on it?

bernie said...

Aww, what a sweet-looking cat. I've always loved orange striped cats. And the blossoms! They're so vibrant. Does Otto really hang out with the chickens? I guess if you raise them together it would work, hmmm.....

Felicia said...

Beautiful flowers and sweet kitty :)

Punkin's Mom said...

A fun quince fact - you can cut them in late winter and bring them inside and "force" them to bloom early :-)