Wednesday, March 30, 2016

All Tulips, All the Time

As the bulb season progresses, so do the tulip displays
 
 Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane' species tulip
 'Monsella', aka 'Carmen Rio', a riot in a pot
 Tulipa bakerii 'Lilac Charm' species tulip
 A Colorblends mix 'The Crusaders'.  Starts with the purple, and slowly adds colours as the season progresses

 Wasn't going to use this shot but the leaping puppy in the background was funny
 'Lady Jane'
 Species tulip 'Little Beauty' and a little muscari friend


Cricket, Hoke and Sybil pose with the pots of 'Monsella' on a picture perfect spring day

The Batchelor(s)

Enjoying a very rare, semi sunny day, Chester the yearling with his merry band of baby wethers
 

At Last, DeeDee!

Charlotte, the last ewe to lamb, waited until all the other lambs were weaned and most already gone to their new homes before she decided to finally deliver DeeDee last Thursday morning early
 
 DeeDee, 5 hours old

Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

Monday's storm brought the most awesome ending with it in the evening
 
 One end of a brilliant rainbow.  All shots taken with my cellphone camera, which isn't very good but sometimes does an amazing job
 Just an amazing sky you really had to see in real life to appreciate
Our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - Roar and the sheep in the south pasture

Friday, March 25, 2016

UFO Spotted in Bellfountain!!!

Shocking, never before seen, exclusive pictures of a purported UFO at a ranch in Bellfountain!!
 


 The hideous creature has spotted the photographer as she makes a run for safety

 A possible shot of the alien's legs.  We're not sure; it hasn't been identified as anything else at this time
 A local dog seems to have been immobilized by some sort of alien freeze ray
A close up, taken at great risk of death, of the alien

Signs of the Times

Brace yourself.  Lots of pictures to follow!
 
Definitely don't forget to see these on a big screen if you can, and don't forget to click the first pix to start the slideshow.  Enjoy!
 

 Paperwhites.  We grow 'em outside, not inside
 Fabulously fragrant hyacinths with forsythia
 Interesting combo of pink camellia and rosemary
 Tiny, fragrant species tulip
 The surviving half of the native pink flowering currant that last year's drought nearly killed off
 Along Dawson Road
 A sea of muscari
 Newly leafed out rose, blue sky and 'Salome' daffodils paint a gorgeous picture
 'Minnow' daffs, cute as a bug's ear
 Looking east on a blustery day
 'Minnow' reaching towards it's peak of bloom
 And, cue the damn box elder bugs, as usual
 More 'Minnow'
 Purple tulips budding out.  Since this was taken, the pot has exploded with blooms
 'Mary Fleming' early dwarf rhodie
 The last of the oh so sweet daphne blooms
 'Monsella', aka 'Carmen Rio', an early flowering tulip

 Species tulip 'Lilac Charm'
 And, also cue the damn Asian ladybeetles
Holy cow, did we really hit 62???
Back to normal March weather, complete with a threat of snow
 

It's Mow Time

We had three options - open the gates and cut the cows loose, get the hay equipment out and bale it, or go for it with the lawn mower.
 
This is what happens when you get 18" of rain between January and March after a dry, dry previous year
 
 Most people who visit us during the summer never see this
 I like the snow capped Cascades behind Dale
Yep, we could bale that