The center of the new flower beds, inspired by parisiennefarmgirl.
Pancho, sitting amidst Lambs Ear.
(I found "Pancho" at a tag sale in the burbs of Chicago last year with Savvycityfarmer, and could not pass him up. My dad's nickname was Pancho, tho he was a full-blooded Frenchmen named Rene, but regardless, the cement version just had to come home with me!)
Courtyard in the front...Albie Darn strutting his stuff, just waiting till I let the hens out for his pleasure! He flies over and out by around 11 am, but they can't fly over the fence like he can, so they wait patiently till around 8pm, when I let them out for an hour to run around the yard. I have to wait till late in the evening as they thoroughly mess up the garden. I like to think of it as "damage control." I believe the hens think of it as a respite from the constant "demands" Albie puts on them!!!
An old Martin bird house, found at a tag sale a few years back. It sits to the left of the front porch steps. We just couldn't resist the "photo op", and tucked a red pair of shoes under it!
"Auntie Em!!! Auntie Em!!!
I planted a mini potager, with several varieties of tomatoes, etc, and lots of herbes!