My Sun King Plants

Oh, this is just pitiful! Remember this picture of Connie’s Sun King?

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Like I said – pitiful, isn’t it?

I found a blue jay feather today – I think that’s a sign of good luck, isn’t it?

Hazel has every opportunity to get a drink in the house but likes to wait till she gets to the barn. Must taste better.

These are my invalid hens – 3 bad hair day girls who are ancient. They don’t see well, of course, and are so skinny with really bad feet, too. The other 1-1/2 yr. old hen, can’t remember what kind she is, came as a chick and never could walk. She hobbles around but I take feed and water to her wherever she is almost every time I’m in the barn. She can’t stand up but flops her wings and moves along very clumsily.

And this afternoon was a sad chore time. When I have little chicks I remove all big buckets of water because I’ve had little chicks drown when they try to get a drink. Sure enough, today I found this guy in the goose water where I thought it was far enough away that those chicks wouldn’t be tempted.

This is always so sad for me because I know if I hadn’t had that bucket of water there, this little chick would still be alive. I secretly hope it was a rooster.

On a happier note, the goats are so content laying in the sun!

17 thoughts on “My Sun King Plants

  1. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    Lets hope the blue jay feather brings good luck. Love seeing pictures of the bad hair chickens, they really are fun to see. Sorry about loosing the chick that we’ll hope was a rooster. Connie must be feeding her Sun King something very special to get it that big. I’ve never heard of them before. So nice to see your blog up and running again.

  2. Holly in Two Harbors

    My Sun King plant is far more pitiful than yours. It’s two years old and barely gets to ankle height. I think it’s in just the right spot, but it must disagree with me.

  3. Diane Bauer

    What a difference in the two Sun King plants (I hadn’t heard of them before either)! Does Connie fertilize like crazy or does she just have a natural green thumb (which I do NOT have!!!!)?

    I love all the pictures of the farm animals! So sorry about the chick. Your animals are all so fortunate to live with you!!

  4. Patricia

    I continue to be baffled by hackers and all what one must do to prevent it. Way too expensive. I hope you can continue entertaining us with all your doings. I never heard of that plant before. Cute outfit by the way. Loved the colors. I’m hoping for the best with the newsletter.

  5. Nikki M in Tx

    My friend Dawn has a green thumb to rival Connie & when I ask her what she feeds her beautiful plants she tells me water when thirsty & occasionally Epsom Salt.
    The book I won arrived in the mail today,again I cannot thank you enough.
    Another sweltering hot day! Did get house area yard mowed before 8am & to hot to be outside.
    Hope to take that blasted #3 to quilter Wednesday when go into Fort Worth. Maybe when quilted I will be more appreciative of it.
    Next on agenda is make an eight inch blue & white block for the outgoing president of quilt guild. Once that is completed will start on a Dresden Plate for myself.

  6. Jacque

    Love seeing pictures of all your animals! But I bet if you lived in Texas, those goats would not be out laying in the sun…103 here today and no end in sight. We envy your rainy weather!

  7. Sue in Oregon

    Connie’s Sun King is beautiful and so is yours.,…just a whole lot smaller. Her soil must be super-duper.
    Frank arrived today. Hope I have time to make him before Halloween. Fall is coming fast now.
    I made your moms green bean recipe you gave us. YUM!! It is mighty tasty. Thank you. Love those flavors together.

  8. Jean

    JOY! Your blog is just the BEST! What a great way to start the day. Love all the news.

  9. Ruth

    So if that gray-haired lady in the orange shirt by the tall tall plants is Connie, that means Mary is the one with the barnyard animals and the shop. I have looked at the picture on this blog and thought that Connie was the one on the left, with brown hair, and Mary was the one on the right, with gray hair and tortoiseshell glasses. But I think I am wrong now! I was just looking at the position of the names underneath, expecting that the left name would be the person on the left. Hmm, live and learn!
    So glad that the blog posted properly today!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Ruth – I am Mary, the gray haired old lady standing by the huge Sun King plant wearing an orange shirt. In our blog photo Connie does have brown hair and is on the left. I write this blog but Connie’s the one who does the sewing of the patterns like Frank, Little Harvey, Summer Watermelon, etc.

  10. Pat Smith

    I’m so glad the blog is back and looks the same as always. I so enjoy hearing and seeing life on the farm, even the sad parts. Wonderful weather here in Vermont, 70’s, my favorite. Next week we go to Camden, ME in the Winnebago to camp at Camden Hills State Park. Friends rent a cottage on Lake Megunticook and we join them every day for kayaking and paddle boarding on that beautiful calm lake. My contribution is dinner a lot of nights, so I’ve been doing a lot of cooking ahead. I wonder what Connie does to make that sun king plant grow so big? Sometimes having it in the right spot makes all the difference. Does it get flowers? I’ve never heard of that plant.

  11. Karen Gaither

    I feel Like your old chicken with the crazy hair and I am only 56. Bursitis of the hip is not fun, but hopefully will feel better with Physical Therapy.

    I have had pups that Dr inky water from plant saucers before they would drink a fresh bowl in the house.

  12. Marcia in ID

    Connie’s Sun King may be bigger, but I think both of yours look very heathy. Maybe just give it some fertilizer. So glad you are back. I was missing all of those beautiful picture.

  13. Gretchen

    Are you sure your Sun King is getting enough sun? If it is, I suggest mulching it with chicken litter, that gets my plants going.

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