Animals, Birding, Chickens, Gardening adventures, Heirloom Plants, Humor, Permaculture and Edible Forest Gardening Adventures, Photos, Ponds, Reptiles and Amphibians Happy Easter! April 20, 2014 / Heirloom irises from my good friend Jean are blooming. A Western fence lizard suns and guards his territory atop a clary sage leaf. See the flash of blue under his chin to attract the ladies? This green calla lily is gorgeous. Framed by curly willow from the Withy Bird Hide, two drakes swim in the pond on Easter morning. Sweet peas are still blooming. They hold the permaculture precept of everything having three purposes: they are nitrogen fixers, they are edible, and they are gorgeous. A fancy drake who showed up this morning. The irises surrounding the pond are spectacular right now. Blue, dark blue and yellow flag. Baby bunny has been growing out his ears. He’s enjoying a warm dirt bath. Mulan has gone broody. Such a large chicken puddles out over the wooden egg she’s trying to hatch. We’re feeding her an oatmeal mixture in a dish because she won’t come down during the day. Easter breakfast. Hard boiled eggs, naturally colored by our hens, fresh tangerine juice, our traditional stollen from my mother’s recipe, and Peanut in his chicky robe ready to launch into the food. Peanut doesn’t act his age, of about 40+ years, but has traveled and been photographed extensively in Europe and Ecuador. Its nice that he wakes up for holidays.