Heading out to do my morning rounds, it was already getting really hot. As I write this, we've reached 28C/82F, and we're still about 5 hours away from when the hottest part of the day usually hits. We've got forecasts for possible thundershowers this afternoon. I hope we at least get some rain, but I … Continue reading Garden finds, mystery squash, and pretty things
Part of my morning rounds has been to check the garden beds for deer (or other critter) damage. Since we lost several Mongolian Giant sunflower transplants, there has not appeared to be any more damage in that area. In the main garden beds, there has been little more than a few spinach that the row … Continue reading Captured!
I tried to do another post last night, but simply could not load the WordPress editor, our internet was so crappy. My husband tells me it was working fine when he got up at 2am, which suggested that their system was overloaded, on top of the weather wreaking havoc on our signal. Satellite can only … Continue reading Furry things, pretty things and growing things
What a disappointing sight to see this morning! More tulip flower buds and leaves have been eaten, even with the efforts we made last night to deter the deer. It might not be deer. Or maybe not "just" deer. You can see it a bit in the photo; something has been digging in the leaf … Continue reading Tulip carnage continues!
Today, I finally got to harvesting the garden beds we planted where the old wood pile used to be. This is what we started with, in the spring. You can read about how the garden plots were doing by August, here, so I won't repeat myself in this post. One of the things I've been … Continue reading Harvested: what I expected, and what I got
So I had a few pleasant surprises this morning. And one not so pleasant. When I headed out to do my morning routine, I had a rush of outside cats come running as soon as I opened the door! And who was in the lead? Little Braveheart! She ran right up to me. She still … Continue reading Morning surprises, and is the hard cider okay?
Yesterday evening, while doing my rounds and walking around the back of the house, I startled some babies! Butterscotch seems to have moved her kittens from the junk pile to under the garden shed. Her kittens are getting so much bigger and more adventurous, wandering further afield in the yard. I suspect this has something … Continue reading Getting bigger
Today, for the first time since we had produce we could harvest from the garden this summer, I collected nothing at all this morning. Normally, I would have at least collected a few sunburst squash. With the cooler temperatures, though, the many little squashes out there are growing a lot more slowly. I like to … Continue reading Zero
More and more of the sunflowers are opening up, and today I spotted one that's different. Most look like this. Bright, sunny, mostly yellow with light oranges and greens around the developing seeds. Then there was this one. The camera actually lightened it up a bit. Compared to the others, this one looks almost black … Continue reading Dark Sun
That first seed head that opened is getting pretty big! Quite a few more are starting to show yellow petals. It's nice to see more reaching this stage. I have no convenient way to measure, but I'd guess the tallest ones are reaching the 8 foot range. The heights are all over the place. Of … Continue reading Here comes the sun