“Captain” (Cayuga) has been sitting diligently, quietly and tirelessly on 9 eggs. Today we have ducklings. Happy birth day babies! I count 7 so far, wanting not to disturb her too much. Daddy “Peter” is a mallard. He’s outside the duck house pacing like an expectant dad.
Chop rosemary, catnip, mint (I used spearmint), lavender, lemon balm and a few whole cloves. Put herbs into a pot and cover them with water. Add enough water so all the herb material is covered and then about an inch more. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool and strain. The herb particulates can be composted.
Add to the room temperature herbal infusion: 1 tbsp vodka and 1/2 cup witch hazel. Pour mixture into container (mason jar). Shake well and refrigerate.
I put some into a small spray bottle where it is readily available to those who want to use it.
The chamomile is growing so tall this year, after some rain some of the plants started to topple over. Brendan made a support frame that is quite charming! The poles are stairway spindles and the boards are actually pieces of recycled molding. It’s a lovely addition to the front garden!
My garden walks are precious and play a vital role to my whole psyche; words are often difficult because it all is completely wondrous and amazing and my whole body is oozing in awe. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Please help identify? I think they may be Mock Orange Blossoms but I am not sure. They smell citrus but bear no fruit.
The Foxglove is a favorite flower of the honey-bee. Foxglove is used for congestive heart failure (CHF) and relieving associated fluid retention (edema); irregular heartbeat, etc.
Mr Flocker and his ladies.
Ground ivy flowers
baby wild grapes
duck eggs – we got a good look while mama (captain) was eating
captain, peter and wendy (peter and wendy are boys; clearly named before the drake feather was seen)
broody hen – she is on 7 eggs of her own and 1 duck egg