A couple weeks ago, I made the trek to Boston for the annual flower and garden show. Over the past few years, this show has had a rocky existence. A few years back, there was no show. It was a huge disappointment to many of us who looked forward to the show each year. However, despite the struggling economy and times, I am happy that the horticultural society revived the show continues to make an effort. Gardening is timeless. It is therapeutic and always trendy. Whether it be grand or quaint, it can make a huge impact. Much of my inspiration for the Spring and Summer seasons ahead come from gardening shows.
Of course, I am always searching for chickens at these shows, because they are the heart of my garden. They are the personalities that make the garden come alive amongst it's splendor and color. They are the humor. They are the moving composters and exterminators who flit quietly and sometimes quickly across the scene.
There were plenty of beautiful blooms.
Fun sitting areas
Gorgeous floating staircases over water
Exotic birds from Australia
Yet the only place I found chickens was in one of the lovely miniature gardens.
I did however find these adorable succulents in ceramic egg containers.
I just had to have one.
This season, I am looking forward to waking up my gardens again from their winter slumber and creating a garden just for our chickens. Here is what I did last year. The girls absolutely loved it! Even if you don't garden, try creating a few portable container gardens for your chickens that you can introduce into the run. They take up little space and don't require free-ranging to partake in the fun.
Update: Our sponsor, My Pet Chicken, has just announced the April 2nd giveaway that I eluded to in the first paragraph of this post! It has been so hard to keep under wraps. We are giving away a chicken coop! Click here for details and be sure to come back on April 2nd and enter to win.
Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest