Chickens in the Basement

I love to write and I love to laugh. When I write, I get to the point quick. My stories would fit on the back of a postcard. They usually make me chuckle. And you know what they say, "It's all about me!"

Monday, April 12, 2010

Flowers, Cleaning and Gatlin Cannons...What Do They Have in Common?

My yard!
Last month, Rick had to make something from the Civil War. My devotees to the history channel were all over that assignment. Rick and Tony built a life-size Gatlin Cannon. But, once the grades were in, we had this huge cannon and nowhere to put it. What's a Mom to do? Flip the barrels into the air, drill a hole in the front and turn it into a bird house! Bet nobody else in the world has one of these!

Next week, these will be wide open ferns!

May Apple and Little Brown Jugs

Bleeding hearts!

My Lady Banks rose is in full bloom on the front fence.

Close up!

I'm not sure what these are called. The blooms remind me of hydrangeas.

My uncle, Larry, rooted these and most of the other azaleas in my yard. I think they are called spider bloom azaleas.

My favorite orange azalea in front of my kitchen window. They smell so sweet.

Wanna look closer?

I found this little fellow in a puddle of water under the porch. He was looking a little stressed. I scooped him up and let him catch his breath. Look at the pollen on his back leg.

Then I helped him over to a flower. Happy bee!

Wasn't the word CLEANING in the title? This is the side of our garage...

Before Tony came along with the cherry picker and the power washer!

He took the day off to get this WWWAAAAYYY overdue chore done!

Doesn't this look so much better? He managed to get the whole house done today. The poor guy was in the bed before 9:00 and even took an Aleve without being told to.


Andrea said...

WOW...beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Zootsuitmama said...

I love all your flower pix! Bleeding hearts are my favorite,because my Grandma always had them in her yard.We have a lot in common! I am a Social Worker and I've had a shop, too. Now I'm halfway done with my Drug and Alcohol therapist degree. I have two boys, but started really young and they are 38 and 36! My daughter is 19! I really appreciate you reading my blog. I haven't been at it long. Don't forget to post some kitchen pix to enter my latest drawing! Zootsuitmama

Linda said...

You have been busy and I love the cannon bird house! Unique just like you!

Maggie B said...

I would say that the white flower is definately an hydrangea, your azaleas are marvellous especially the orange one. Well done, for saving the bee, the world needs more bees!
PS. the house looks very spiffy now.

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

I love the new bird feeder! All the flowers and all the blooms makes me wish that I could be outside working. It snowed here again last night but just enough to stick on anything of color, grass, flowers etc. I did get 1 good day in of yard work on Saturday...we will just have to wait and see what this week brings. I love that yellow rose!!!!

Anonymous said...

Your flowers are beautiful! So much color all at once, it's as if God went all out to make us happy after a dreary winter! Like, "I'm so sorry! Here, let me make it up to you!" Guess the little bee tuckered himself out with all that nectar gathering....they overeat just like us! Or just maybe, he got into some "hallucinogens" in the garden world and he was feeling somewhat spacey!


Mary said...

How sweet to rescue a bee - they are so needed for pollination and fortunately they seem back in numbers this Spring!

Your house looks spic and span - we need to paint ours again some year soon - I hate that because all my climbing vines etc. have to be cut down!

Your flowers are gorgeous Anna and yes, that is a hydrangea - the other type.

Off to do more cleaning and then head to the garden shop for pine straw, mulch, potting soil etc. Plan to do put in just a few tomatoes and cukes this year, our huge veggie gardening days are history - there's always the N. Hills Farmers' Market coming soon on Sat. mornings - we even get fresh eggs there and like to support the locals.

Happy day in your neck of the woods!

Jill said...

That is hilarious that you have a canon as a bird feeder. I know...what do you do with some of those kids projects?! I've never had anything that big!
Could that flower be from a dogwood?

We have to wash our house too before graduation. We have mildew that grows on it for some reason---seriously annoying!

Rose H (UK) said...

Superb pictures! The hydrangea is one of the 'lace-cap' varieties.

LemonyRenee' said...

Wow, such beauties! I can't remember the name of that yellow blooming bush, but how pretty!

And I love your orange azalea! I have wanted one for ages. You see them rarely around here. Lately, the nurseries look at me like I'm crazy when I ask for orange azaleas and tell me that don't come in orange. What is up with that?

You are such a good samaritan -- even tending to the bees.

Chicken Boys said...

I haven't been to Raleigh in ages. I'd love a fig tree. My great grandma had a few when I was a kid. I remember picking them off the tree when they were already getting too ripe, and the bees were everywhere! We'd can them, and I'd eat them on toast! I have to go to Raleigh some time this month to go to MEPS for my reserve unit. Also, I was looking for an orange azalea this weekend. I keep seeing signs for them at Lowe's and Wal-Mart, but I never saw a single one! I'd try Little's Nursery a few miles from me, but they are never opened when I go by. Don't know how they survive! Okay, enough typing.

Breezy said...

I love the photo's!! Bleeding hearts are one of my favorites.. when they finally bloom here I will post a pic for you.
The cannon bird house is truly inspired!!

gin said...

you are a busy bee yourself!! beautiful flowers. I also did a gigantic rose bush post today, too!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think I have ever seen an orange azalea...or at least not that I knew what I was looking at. It is gorgeous! All you pretty blooms...

Barbara said...

I am SUPER jealous!! Things are just starting to bloom here - they start and then the weather goes nasty and they stop. The plants are confused.

That bee scared the crap out of me.