Here's some snippets from our garden right now, its very Spring like with leaves on most of the tree's and blossom, bluebells, fresh healthy greenery and happy chickens. We've had lots of sunshine and dry weather so even the hose pipe is in use to quench the thirst of all the seeds I've sprinkled onto the ground. I've reseeded the wild flower garden and added extra poppies this time. The veg patch has spinach, salad leaves, carrots, spring onions, radishes and potatoes.
Above are the cherry blossoms which are snowing onto the ground with every gentle Spring breeze. The apple blossom is always second to show itself - it buds pink but opens to white and I wait eagerly and excitedly for this moment every single year.
The older girls are beginning to take it a little easier on the newbies, still pecking and bossing about but much more relaxed about it. They seem so happy here with us alhamdulillah, often able to hop over into the neighbours garden but just not feeling the need to do so. They are out exploring the whole garden most days, filling up probably half of their diet on organic yummy stuff which they rummage for. Strawberry is still such a sweet, passive, gentle and tolerant hen, patiently enduring D's games where she is stuffed into the 'boot' of his car, balanced on random things and rocked to 'sleep' like a baby!
Damson is still at the top of the pecking order but has more of a silent, respectable authority rather than a bullying attitude. She is such a lovely looking traditional hen and always first out of the coop in the morning.
While Apple has turned into a bit of a hen pecking meany since the new girls arrived. Strawberry seems to get told of by her rather a lot when I'm out digging with them. She is so chunky and meaty and much larger than our sweet little Strawbs.
Lavender floats around the outskirts and watches from the sidelines, but definitely getting her fill when I'm digging for worms with them all around my feet. She never pecks others or gets pecked herself. I think she is our noisiest girl and loves to let all the neighbours know that she is clever enough to lay an egg. SQUAWK!
Our newest trio are settling in nicely, and two days ago they finally ventured out of the enclosure with the others and had their first experience of grass under foot. Two are still particularly nervous around us and the other hens but Pumpkin is pretty confident. She looks after the other two.
Here is tiny Raspberry, we are longing for that first blue / green egg from her, go on girl, you can do it! Then Dandelion at the end, she is going to grow into such a stunning bird insha'Allah with her fiery plumage and grand side profile.
Primroses, last years nasturtiums which lived throughout Winter - I didn't know they would do that - strawberries and sweet-peas and even the odd tulip dotted about (which D is excited to see open) are also noticeable in our garden right now. The greenhouse seedlings have mostly been successful (sweetcorn and sweet-peas being failures) so we will be planting out pumpkins, courgettes, sunflowers, peas, nasturtiums, pansies, tomatoes, mint, chives, calendular and cosmos next month insha'Allah. I have lots of catching up to do and have been slowly laying a new path with Q helping me lift the ridiculously heavy slabs so that needs finishing this weekend insha'Allah. But generally speaking, right now, this is the happiest I've been with our little patch of land, it holds promise!