These are more of my wife's plants and they are everywhere you look this time of year. For those who love in parts of the country where these do not grow or flourish, you are really missing out. These are very beautiful and come in a huge variety of colors. The bees like them, too - particularly bumblebees. :)

But as with apples in Paradise, the Foxglove is moderately to severely poisonous to you and your household pets. "Just look," Eve was told, "but don't eat." :)

In a matter of days, the beehives will be lost in the daisies! Here, you can see them growing right up to the hive entrances. I think they will be some happy bees. :)

I just had to share with you a photo of one of our new hens. I have named her "Skidmark." I'll let you figure that one out ... (click on the title of this post and then on the photo to enlarge).

She's a Tetra Tint, from the Tractor Supply. Elsewhere on this site, I have posted many times about the Tetra Tints and their progress. This is our first year with this hybrid strain (STRAIN not STAIN) and thus far, we are really enjoying them. And enjoying naming them... :)

Did you know that you can eat the flowers from your chive plants? I know, I know ... you're probably thinking: eat flowers?

They are DELICIOUS! You can just walk up to the plant, pick a few flowers and pop 'em in your mouth, or you can harvest them for cooking. I like them fried in butter with mushrooms and onions.

As someone posted here a week or so ago, I love the Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed lettuce! It's fun to grow, fun to say and good to eat! Here's a photo of the lettuce as it looks now ... I've already been harvesting it! And in one of the photos you can see more lettuce and kale. :)

My wife took this awesome photo of our back yard today. As you can see - everything is in bloom. We are so blessed to live here in all this beauty! Our friends call our property 'Paradise,' and for good reason. This time of year, it really really is. :)

I know one of the authors of this website is fond of the Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed lettuce, so I decided to give it a try. Looks good so far! I bought mine from Territorial Seed ... not sure where else you can get it.

During my hive inspection yesterday, I pulled out the plywood beneath the screened bottom board on Hive A and saw ... a whole bunch of varrao mites! Some alive, most dead. How could this be? I hived the package only three weeks ago. Prior to that, the hive only had one season on it. Last year, the hive perished unexpectedly (there may be a clue here), and I packed the fully drawn frames and hive away for winter. They were double-wrapped in plastic trash bags and then sealed in a box. How can I have varroa mites so early in the season? Can they over-winter on wrapped, empty frames?

Here are two photos of queen bees. One photo is from Hive A (that will mean something to those of you who have been following the 2017 beekeeping season on www.friendswithgardens.com). The other photo is the queen from Hive B. Once you see them, you can't unsee them.

And that is the best way to learn to spot queen bees in your own hive. Look at photos so you know what to look for: the short wings, the extended abdomen, the large dark spot on their thorax ... and so forth.

For the most part, I do almost everything related to fruit and vegetable plants here at the greenhouse, while my wife does all things having to do with flowers and flowering shrubs. As you can see from these photos, she knocked it out of the ball park this season with her bulbs! And these are just some quick sample photos - there are hundreds more flowers on the property and I'm sure she'll post some photos in the next month or so as waves of color wash over the property.

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