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I set all my houseplants out on the “patio” in the rain for a good washing. They are dusty and due for a spring cleaning.

Rosemary, aloe, goldfish plant, and jade plant, in pots, set on wooden deck with wood railing behind

And then there’s my Big Mama Aloe. I didn’t know that an aloe could get so large. I don’t even remember where I got her as a baby, just that she was an unremarkable size, and she’s grown to resemble a pineapple plant.

Large aloe vera plant in white ceramic pot on wooden deck in front of red door.  Rubber boots and wheelbarrow in background

She’s so large, and so heavy, that moving her is quite a maneuver. I have to squat with good form, and go through doors backwards, supporting the substantial weight of her body/limbs.

She’s a wonder. She’s been producing babies for years, which I repot and foist on anyone who will take one. Most visitors have been talked into leaving with an aloe, so her offspring are all over the area. I did well giving away aloes this summer, and the only one of her “daughters” I still have (first photo) is now making her own babies! I’ll be overrun!

Clearly, they really like the environment they’re in. This one sits on the floor in front of the window next to the wood stove, and I water all my house plants, and window boxes, with the water I’ve used for washing eggs. That’s all; evidently it agrees with them.

Yellow tape measure and green tip of an aloe vera branch showing 48.5 inches

It seemed like her arms were as long as mine, so I measured. Not far off. Her wingspan is four feet and mine is 66”, so about the same, not counting my hands.

Small, light green aloe vera shoots growing in white pot between thicker spiny aloe branches of parent plant

More babies! High time to transplant them.
Who wants an aloe plant?!

More Silkie chicks

So cute, little blunt wings and variegated colouring

Another box has started peeping – the peeping in that end of the greenhouse is my first clue there’s been a hatching.  Mother hen is maintaining eye contact from the background. 20160720_122004

This summer, except for the only chick,  the hens have all hatched 5 or 6 chicks from 7 or 8 eggs, and if there’s an odd number, it’s to the advantage of white.  The white hen (only one, of two, has gone broody), is a terrible setter (three times failed) while the brown hens are all models of success, although none of them have ever done it before.  All the brown hens are last summer’s chicks – baby pictures.  But the whites seem to get their eggs in the right place, like cuckoos.20160720_122013

This is the strenuous objection pose.  They press their wings down into the floor as a barrier so hard their body tips up until they practically do a headstand.