Stan & Joyce Orchard

Trying to figure it out since 1975.

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

This big guy wandered through this morning just after sunrise. Never tire of watching them, especially this time of year. Svelt coats, fuzzy antlers, rippling muscles. Amazing, fascinating creatures.

First Tomatoes

First Tomatoes

The weather this spring in our part of the world has been miserably cool and wet. Nice to spot our first tomatoes in the greenhouse this morning. A little bit of summer in this dark, damp season.

Pepper Pandemonium

Pepper Pandemonium

Weather around here this spring has been cool and wet to say the least. But with the greenhouse we built last year we’re growing peppers for the first time. Amazing to watch them grow along with tomatoes, flowers, etc. We’ve been enjoying spinach, lettuce, radishes, peas for months. Life is good. Watch it grow.

Fuzzy Antler Time

Fuzzy Antler Time

Favorite time of year as they take on summer coats and new racks.

Sweet William

Sweet William

In the summer of 2021 I found a packet of seeds. Never heard of Sweet William before let alone grown any. So, threw some in a pot and left them alone. Put the pot in our new greenhouse where the plants thrived over winter. So much so that we divided them into four pots. Spring 2022 we’re now enjoying cut flowers that last for two weeks easy. We’ll grow more. A beautiful gardening discovery.

Log Splitter Miracle

Log Splitter Miracle

Joyce Carol and I started heating with firewood in the mid-70s. In all those years we salvaged wood from dumpsters, forests, and elsewhere. I used various saws and axes and stoves. It became a way of life. But today for the first time in nearly a half century I used a hydraulic log splitter. Why in the world did it take me so long to learn this? Good grief, it’s amazing.

Skunk Cabbage Arrive

Skunk Cabbage Arrive

Warmest day of the year so far and we spotted the first skunk cabbage of the season. It’s also the 47th anniversary of meeting the love of my life and our grandson is seventeen today. Life is amazing.

Work Crew

Work Crew

We moved some firewood, searched for antlers, marveled at how much things have changed. What a time to be alive.

It’s Official

It’s Official

Our oldest granddaughter is now taller than her grandmother.

Petunias From Seed

Petunias From Seed

This is the first full grow season with our new greenhouse. Decided to try something we’ve never done before: start our hanging petunia baskets from seed. I learned they germinate from light on the surface rather than buried. Today they sprouted! Excited to see how they do. Anyone with petunia experiences they’d care to share?