What’s growing around our new place

by Jessie K on May 6, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the pleasures of moving into a new house is witnessing what grows in springtime. I noticed mint coming up around our little frog pond. JULEP TIME!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is either bee balm or lemon balm. Either way, it smells amazing and is a great infusion for iced tea or water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo gorgeous Japanese Maples.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have so many different kinds of hostas, June and I dug up a bunch and planted a variety around the frog pond.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeonies galore. I counted 25 plants!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd 65 baby chicks who are just starting to feather. Jake built a makeshift brooder in the crawl space just under the house where they’ve been since we got them. Hopefully, they’ll be fully feathered out to be moved outdoors this weekend.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJake cut a swath through the pasture for them to graze on. I’m seriously loving our new place!

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Patty May 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm


You’ve got some beautiful plants.

My perennial garden includes many varieties of hostas and peonies. I love the various shades of green, the blooms (especially peonies) and the low maintenance!

With the grapes….I see wine in your future!

Janelle May 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm


Yeah! So happy for you! I can just smell those lilacs. And can see those peonies! You are blessed!

sarina May 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm


I had my baby chickens living in a bathtub until they got a few feathers.. now they are outside.. but I still have a light for them if it’s cold.. and overnight.

Brenda May 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm



Meaghan May 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm


Second picture is definitely lemon balm. The leaves will be a bit waxy/oily and it will smell sort of like dish soap (I think it smells like Joy soap). Bee balm (Monarta) has narrower leaves and a more pungent smell. I LOVE the smell of Monarta.

Meaghan May 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm


P.S. Both are in the mint family. Mints have square stems.

Janelle May 11, 2014 at 10:02 am


Happy Mother’s Day to you, Jessie. Enjoy!

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