Ryan left for home with his father last night – but not before a final flurry of activity. He helped me move the chicks out of the brooding box and into a larger space. The henhouse has two sections, one for the laying hens, and the equally large ‘entry’ which we arrange so the chicks only have 2/3 of the space. It is so dark in the this area, with the brooding box still in place, that I couldn’t get a photo of the happy chicks – who are now beginning to fly. Ryan is holding a Barred Rock, but the Black Stars are very adventurous birds.
Ryan and I went searching for adventure and visited the Rowe bog where carniverous pitcher plants grow right next to the road. I tried to identify this variety, and there are over 100, but have been unsuccessful so far. Any help you can give is welcome. I never visited the bog when the flowers were in their glory, never realized they were so pretty, even if they are looking away from the road. The bulbous structure at the bottom is the carniverous part and is unlike photos I have found of other pitcher plants. More research is required.
The final adventure for Ryan this trip was a riding lesson at Birch Glen Stables. This wonderful place is ‘right around the corner’ from us and Joan Schoenhals is a patient and encouraging instructor. Riders begin at the beginning – with grooming the horse, and learning about the ‘tack’ which is to say the saddle and bridle and everything. Joan is attentive, and Ryan certainly is concentrating. We thought he had a good feel for handling the horse – and after only about 45 minutes actually on the horse! This summer Ryan is the first grandson to visit, so he is the first one to have a lesson, but soon the other boys will arrive and we’ll see if they enjoy riding, too.
Now that Ryan’s visit has ended, we start the final push before the Annual Rose Viewing. Last summer I planted Thomas Affleck at the end of the Herb Garden in front of the house because the description of the Antique Rose Emporium said they were fragrant and should be planted where that fragrance could be enjoyed often. The rose has done well and I didn’t even realize how many flowers and buds were on the bush until I cleared out the bolted spinach that I planted in front of it – knowing that the spinach would be out before the Rose Viewing. It looks great, but it isn’t fragrant. At least not this year – or so far. I find that the intensity of the fragrance for any rose varies from year to year.