Monday, June 11, 2012


Farmer lilies
It’s no secret to readers of Roundtop Ruminations that the wild and showy farmer lilies are one of my favorite flowers. And I am happy to report that they are almost ready to pop. The morning as I was leaving the mountain I checked a favorite spot to see how they were coming along. They are almost out. In fact, I expect they will be out by evening.

Farmer lilies love the sun, closing up at night and then opening spectacularly each morning. If it’s not sunny they will not deign to open their flowers and will stay closed until the sun strikes them again.

I am also happy to report that my half-grown chickens have figured out how to navigate the ramp up to and into their chicken house. After only a few days, they’ve already perfected the routine. At dusk they all troop up the ramp, one after another, to reach the safe and dry, straw-ladened roost. After they are all in, I close the door behind them, which keeps them out of sight of possible predators. In winter the closed door will keep them warmer, too. The little girls are growing up!


robin andrea said...

Love your lilies.

We're just about to embark on chicken house building. Like the looks of yours very much. We also have a lot of predators in the neighborhood, so the chickens will definitely be inside every night.

Amish Stories said...

Interesting blog and I love that top Image. Richard

Grizz………… said...

I'm with you on this…they may be common orange daylilies, but they're lovely and remain one of my favorite flowers.

Hereabouts, they've been out for weeks, and are still going strong—though not up to their usual bright, dense patch-wide-swath-of-color selves. I expect because it's been so very dry. I did a post about them a few days ago. We still have lots of blooms, but they're just a bit on the pale, spindly, sparse side. But quite pretty and most welcome nonetheless.