Swenson Gardens

Monthly Archive: March 2018


The snow continues to melt here on the peony farm. Assuming by next week, only the drifts and snowbanks will be remaining. The warmer weather now allows Redd and Heidi to settle in to Redd’s kennel in our garage. They seem to be adjusting better as roommates but the decaying morsels now visible and scented underneath the snow, provide a smorgasbord of nasty bites to eat. Last night I had to take an emergency run to a farm supply store to pick up ANOTHER bed. Yes those two goofballs went through two doggy beds after tasting and depositing the delectable decaying morsels on their beds. I don’t get it! We buy very expensive, Fromm, dog food, but yet they prefer the putrid morsels. However, seeing these two cuddled up on one of two remaining doggy beds, washed away the clean up procedure.

Ok troops, time for a trek outside. Neither of them wanted to leave while basking in the warm sunshine.

Whenever Heidi is tired or is roused from a nap, one of her ears doesn’t pin up. Always on the watchful eye for Redd, we have to keep her on a leash so she doesn’t find the delectable decaying morsels! Redd, ‘here’ so I can take another side-by-side picture to compare another weeks worth of growth in Heidi.

Is this a cute shot or what? Its fun to see Heidi exert her independence or maybe Redd is saying, ‘not again dad’! What’s that over there that Heidi is so focused on?

Redd, look whats over there!

Oh dear, its Franky! They are turning into best buddies and Franky lets Heidi lovingly tussles with him. Again, no feline family members were harmed in this photograph. As you can see in the upper left hand corner of this picture, Redd is on a mission to find more exposed morsels. Thankfully Heidi is distracted by her buddy Franky and continues to play with him. Life on the peony farm…is a delectable slice of adventure!



Though our peonies are dormant, appears that the fertilizer production team (FPT) gave us a surprise new member this week. While checking the team on Wednesday evening, a rather agitated mama cow was hovering in the corner. Upon further investigation, a white-faced calf was laying contently in the hay. Where in the world did we get a Hereford and Dexter cross? Remembering that a year or so ago we did have a similar bull that is no longer with us. I had a talk with Elvis Lee, our red Dexter herd sire, and told him he wasn’t doing his job! He assured me this will never happen again! In any event, please welcome ‘Spot’ a bouncing bull calf, as the newest member of our FPT. Life on the peony farm is full of surprises!


What would life on the peony farm be without updates on Heidi and Redd? Redd is having a hard time adjusting to Heidi’s presence in HIS kennel during the day. Since that has been HIS home for 8 1/2 years, having a roommate isn’t HIS cup of tea! Thus we’ve changed their schedules to include some alone time for each of them. Last night they had their first sleepover at Redd’s home (kennel). When I checked on them at 1 am they were snuggled together and appeared to be doing fine. Checked on them again at 6:15 am and all is well! Whew! I was worried that Redd may do something naughty but they were fine. When I mention ‘ride’ seems like they forget their indifference’s so off we go in the Gator!

Come on dad lets go! When I looked at my previous post pictures on Heidi a couple of weeks ago, my has she changed…again. Her ears are now pinned up and it is so cute when she runs to me with them pinned back. Ok Heidi time to jump out.

Yes but Redd is already out and running around! Lets go Heidi, ‘out’.

There you go Heidi! Good dog! Now where’s Redd? There he is!

Redd puts up with Heidi hanging on him for a few seconds but then he is still the dominant one for now! We play a game called ‘where’s the mouse’. It is so funny! Now they each try to outdo each other by looking for a mouse.

Heidi tries her best to find a mouse but to date neither of them have found one. Wonder how long this will last (the find the mouse game vs actually finding one)? Heidi, Redd found a mouse! Off to see if Redd found a mouse.

This distraction works for 5 minutes so it is an absolute blast to watch! I tried shooting a video of it but they run around in circles so fast that I can’t keep up with them. Needless to say after our run and where’s the mouse game, they both take a nap. Heidi can now keep up to Redd running but the loving snip from Redd keeps her at bay for a few seconds. Life on the peony farm, the fun having four legged family members is a blessing!


Sorry for missing last week for my post for life on the peony farm.  Yes we had the flu bug come through our home but all are well now. Our prayers for moisture were answered though with 11″ of heavy wet snow. With the temperatures hovering above 32 F during the day, snow has been melting very slowly. Sure makes for a muddy mess around here but thank goodness for Muck boots. The fertilizer production team welcomed another new member on Thursday. He is a bouncing baby bull and for sure we know his name is ‘Willy’ versus an earlier post on ‘Willy’ our feline family member who actually turned out to be ‘Wilma’! Please welcome Willy to the FPT team!

Mom and son are doing great! Rudy and Willy in this next pic have turned out to be best buddies!

With the warmer temps during the day, having fresh bedding is paramount to the FPT’s having a dry area to bed down at night. Yes we put the bedding down rather thick so poor Willy had a hard time navigating through the new hay. Life on the peony farm…love it!