Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring Has Sprung, The Grass Has Riz...

Spring seems to have sprung overnight here on the farm. Snow one day, sunny the next, and then came the flowers. After all the bulldozing and terrace remodeling around the house last year, we weren't sure if any of the daffodils would come back. Suddenly they were everywhere, though not where we remembered planting them. That's okay, though, we live on a country farm and things grow wherever they want to pop up.

The big yellow flower is a daffodil (but you probably already knew that). The smaller white flowers with the tiny lavender stripes are called American Beauty. Grandma-Great used to call them Good Morning, Spring. They are one of the first wildflowers to bloom and are so small that they are easily overlooked. Still, they are one of my favorites since they are early bloomers. Did you know that Native Americans used to eat the tubers from these flowers? Wow, I'll bet they had to dig a whole lot of them to make a meal.

Leo and Cedric, the resident goats, have decided to stay on our farm after the show season ends. Their job will be grass mowing and weed eating, so I guess you could say they are in the lawn maintainence business. Here is Leo, ready to begin his first day at the new job. "Hey, open the starting gate! I'm hungry!"

Clover seems to be the favorite right now, but soon they'll eat everything in sight, including the dreaded poison ivy that grows around the tree trunks, and also the sumac that grows near the clothesline. Yuck, how could anything eat that and not swell up and die? They love it though, and it doesn't hurt them at all. God made them tough, I guess.

So here's a view of our yard in the springtime. The goats are happy, the chickens are happy, and all's right with the world. Springtime is the best time!


Maggie & Mitch said...

Your yard is beautiful and Leo and Cedric are just so cute! We're still waiting for our first daffy to bloom!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gus said...

Tell: You are a true poet! Spring on the farm looks so idyllic and clearly you are all thriving there.


Noah the Airedale said...

The yard is looking pretty good Tell. The goats look happy with all that grass to munch on.
Hey that's pretty interesting about the sumac. Do your pinkies cook with it?

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Anonymous said...

i wish i lived in a country farm too, it sounds and looks awesome from your photos!

East Bremerton florist

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Your yard looks pawsome and those flowers are so colorful

~ Girl girl

Cassidy said...

Me likes Daffodils, me has deheaded nearly every one me has managed to grab in our neighbourhood while out on walkies, tee hee!

Cassidy x

Penny & Poppy said...

Can we borrow your goats? Mom is dreading calling the mowing man! If we had goats, we would never have to mow! Happy Spring to all of you!

Poppy & Penny

Dewey Dewster said...

Dear Will Tell,

We are crying here in the Burgh as we do not have any daffodils bloomin here....we're lucky we have crocus bloomin...but we can see the other bulbs peekin out of the ground so if we ever get any warm weather around here, they may just make an goats here either....hey Tell, can we come visit ya?

Dewey Dewster here.......

COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

Hi Tell. Send that lawn crew on over to our house when you aren't using them. It would sure help us out. I'm not big into mowing and trimming. I am a more dig and plant boy.


Jackson said...

Hey Tell, happy spring! J x

Eric said...

Hi Tell,

Looks blooming wonderful where you are you Square boy. Today is meant to be our first day of summer?! and what do you know, the sun shone all day!

Wiry wags, Eric

Butchy & Snickers said...

Wow, pretty flowers. Our wild flowers haven't come up yet, the ground is still frozen. At least the snow is gone right now. We keep telling Papa we need some goats to mow our grass but he doesn't agree with us, hmmmmph. Do the goats get shots, etc. like dogs when you keep them as pets? Do the vets come to your place to treat them or do you have to take them to the vet? Just curious. Have a fun week.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Jake of Florida said...

Hey Tell, Did your folks know that rhyme too??? I thought it was just a Brooklyn thing that my Mom always says in the springtime. That's why she put it into our spring blog. How cool that you all know it too!!!