The Elderberries are in full bloom at home now, I have asked DH to dry me at least nine trays worth of flowers and then put them in glass jar in the dark for later use, these are amazing fresh in gooseberry/elderflower pie. The flowers are also excellent dried in homemade tea’s.
Toad update, looks like there are at least three different aged tadpoles in there for sure, the oldest have grown legs and are climbing the sides of the trough and also up the wood post, and leaving for the big wide world of the farm yard, others are just starting to get their changes and others still are very young.. The little turtle is currently nicknamed Bright Eye’s and was stopped sunning itself on the log, as it turned out, moving them was a very worth while effort, as the high heat dried the mini-pond and anything not moved, died from the heat/lack of water.. but this way, several hundred (300 to 500) or so more little toads have a chance of developing to age and spending their summer/fall eating lots and lots of bugs in my garden/food forest area’s..
I have been told that the garden grows by leaps and bounds, my Dh has spent the last two days, weeding, mulching, mowing and getting the last of the seeds for june planted, in before they say that the farm will be getting four to five days of rain.. I have been told that our corn came up with about a 90% rate, that we have tons of blooms on the pepper plants and lots of tomato’s and blooms on the plants, that everything is doing well..
I on the other hand, got out to dad’s farm, (that big hill and that flat land with the outbuildings is his place :), where there was a little time on the quad, a bit of work with bare wire, some gate building, and I got to check out a few of his new toys!
But of course, I also checked out what was growing and what stage it was at, here are his saskatoons by the edge of his lawn.. Then on the way home, stopped and got a as always to short visit in with Kodi and family, still it was great to see them..