Spring on the Farm! 20 March 2017

A few pictures from Shannon’s Farms:

A small raised garden area  started for our personal needs, and a shallow-till area where Spring flower seed have been broadcast.

 

 

 

From 2016 – a collard plant that was left (others were pulled, processed and in our freezer as foodstuff) for “going to seed” – look closely and see the happy honey bee!

2016 – the year we reseeded Texas native wildflowers. We do this every few years to keep them strongly present. Here is our first early “full grown” bluebonnet!

Right on time:  flowers, dozens of a trumpet vine variety, planted here at Shannon’s Farms 16 years ago, growing to maturity soon to be food for the migrating early Spring hummingbirds.  Also look closely and see the big black & yellow bumble bee!

Dozens of wild plums in our strongly wooded 2-3 acres are blooming extra-well this year; hopefully, soon making fruit for the creatures!

Blooming blackberry white blooms soon to be fruit shared with hungry mockingbirds here at Shannon’s Farms.

Blooming bluebonnets spilling over from Shannon’s Farms onto the roadside on Terry Lane.

2016 Shannon’s Farms T-Shirt Coming Soon!

We are excited to start offering our 2016 Shannon’s Farms™ t-shirts with our tagline – Give Earth a Chance®.  We will be selling these for just $10 each.  The profit of the sales of this shirt will help us start the long process of raising money to buy additional acreage across the road from us which would then be donated to the City of Heath to be used as a wildlife and natural area for all the citizens of Heath and Rockwall County to enjoy!  Please support us today!

A Winter’s Solstice Message

With the Winter Solstice here and gone for 2015, a message from Shannon’s Farms seems in order!

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A 15 December 2015 picture taken of the late standing Maximillian sunflower, usually one of the very last here at the farm to show its wildflower colors.

Shared also are pictures of the processing of food scraps (very little is wasted here at the farm) for another composting heap.  This processing attempts to keep us “ahead of the curve”, ensuring an adequate supply of organic enrichment materials (natural fertilizers, if you prefer) for our ongoing challenge of making for the better our gardening spots.

And finally, Merry Christmas to everyone!  May the New Year bring you health, happiness, and much love.

Ernie, Becky, Shannon and Benjamin

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A Post for Summer in July

Just a note along with a few pictures to celebrate some of the beauty of wildflowers and nature’s way during that warm month of July!

A few very late blooming blackberries!

A few very late blooming blackberries!

Late blooming Black-Eyed Susans

Late blooming Black-Eyed Susans

Lots of these blooming in July!

Lots of these blooming in July!

Other nameless beautiful blooming wildflowers in July

Other nameless beautiful blooming wildflowers in July

Lantanas joined together with those prolific purple wildflowers!

Lantanas joined together with those prolific purple wildflowers!

Our son picking wild mustang grapes - a banner year!

Our son picking wild mustang grapes – a banner year!

The old man picking a few grapes - his son's shadow taking the picture.

The old man picking a few grapes – his son’s shadow taking the picture.

Texas native sunflowers, the tall ones in the back growing on a compost heap. That's okay! Plenty of energy in that heap.

Texas native sunflowers, the tall ones in the back growing on a compost heap. That’s okay! Plenty of energy in that heap.

 

Blackberries Are Growing Big!

Last year, we had a handful of sweet blackberries – this year, this picture shows just our first harvest of about a gallon, with many red, ripening ones to come here at Shannon’s Farms™!

Hopefully, next year the harvest will be times 10, at least, and in the years to come, all that you see behind me will be blackberries; many growing over the fence (on public property) and free for the picking and taking!

Give Earth a chance and go green from Shannon’s Farms™!

– Ern

Some Recent Images

One of the great families enjoying our bluebonnets

Families in bluebonnets!

One of the great families enjoying our bluebonnets

Families in bluebonnets!

One of the great families enjoying our bluebonnets

Families in bluebonnets!

One of the great families enjoying our bluebonnets

Families in bluebonnets

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Some of our more recent images from around the farm.

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A few of the many irises at Shannon's Farms

A few of the many irises at Shannon’s Farms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebonnets are Everywhere!

We have been so blessed and honored this year at Shannon’s Farms to have had many families come take their annual family pictures in our bluebonnets! Attached are just but a few. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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Bluebonnets Around Heath – April 2014

The bluebonnets growing on Shannon’s Farms and all around Heath are just beautiful this year!  Enjoy a few examples of God’s great work!

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Bluebonnets in Heath – photos taken within 1/2 mi of Shannon’s Farms

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