Stan & Joyce Orchard

Trying to figure it out since 1975.

Lesson In Tractor

Lesson In Tractor

Teaching our 15-year-old grandson how to operate a tractor. Clutch, throttle, PTO, etc. Lots to learn…for both of us.

Our Multicolored Friend

Our Multicolored Friend

This little guy hangs out at our hydrant next to the deck. Sometimes green, nowadays more brown, still thriving despite some very cold weather for us.

Get Growing 2021

Get Growing 2021

We usually wait until Presidents’ Day Weekend to put seed to soil. But this year things are different. Here’s to a verdant season.

Don’t Be A Tease

Don’t Be A Tease

We love visiting local nurseries. Always looking for new ideas for The Orchard Compound. Spotted these words of wisdom at G E & B Nursery in Enumclaw. Nice folks. Be kind to your plants.

Mole Kill

Mole Kill

Should I be sad that this furry little creature has died or should I feel immense satisfaction? Forgive me. This battle has raged for many years.

Dreaming Of Spring

Dreaming Of Spring

Today’s sunny and bright weather was infectious. When we did our weekly shopping I got carried away at the seed display.

Gelatinous Goo

Gelatinous Goo

No, not the name of a punk rock band. We spotted this stuff on our midday walk here at home on a sunny day. More of the fungus among us. Always fascinating.

‘Lefty’ And Friends

‘Lefty’ And Friends

These three guys showed up just before sunrise on a dark, drizzly morning. The bull on the right is missing his left antler, hence the nickname. Never tire of watching them out our living room window.

Brightest Light

Brightest Light

As the world watches the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter this evening, we on the Orchard Compound celebrate another event. On this date long ago in the U.S. Territory of Alaska a child was born. On the darkest day of the year she brought a light into this world that still shines and fills our hearts with joy. Happy birthday Joyce Carol. We’ve been together for more than 45 years. Here’s to many more.

A Walk In The Woods

A Walk In The Woods

While the east coast gets a heavy snow, we continue with boring, damp, moist weather. Sure, we may have to wash off the moss from between our toes now and again, but this is way better in my opinion.