Monday, July 31, 2006
The pumpkin patch is filling in with Dill's Atlantic which finally has the first potential pumpkin showing. At least it is a start, a tiny start.
Wyatt's Wonder is also in the pumpkin patch with a similar potential pumpkin. Both were planted in mid June, later than planned. Last year, they moved along quite quickly after they reached this point so I'm still hoping for Halloween pumpkins.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
It is also continuing to GROW over its neighbors. Even the zucchini plants across the aisle are getting nervous.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Then I remembered I had mixed all of the old seeds I had collected over the years and stuck them throughout the garden, not knowing if any would grow. I hunted down the empty packets and this one is probably the incredible Dwarf Sunflower.Here it is after it opened up further. Someone told me giant sunflowers were scary to them as a child. The incredible Sunflower might be a more child friendly version of this fun plant.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Flowerpot bread at the Petals Restaurant which also uses the herbs only steps away. Yea, a little cute, but also good.From our table, we had a show by the bees and birds out for their evening hunt in and under the plants in this border. For me, there couldn't have been a finer spot after a day of lavender and gardens.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Part two will be the next post.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
What is this happy grower neighboring the zucchini?
It must have sprouted from aged fall gourds/squash or pumpkins that I used for decoration until past their prime, and then tossed them into the future bed area to compost in place. It is bushing, not vining, but the cosmos and sunflowers near it don't have a chance! Lots of blossoms, but nothing seems to be muturing enough to tell what it will become. I don't want it to cause problems crossing with the pumpkins.
Should it stay or should it go? If there are lots of blooms & lots of bees but no maturing produce - is it likely never to produce (i.e. it should go)?
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Their venom is powerful enough to quickly subdue prey much larger than themselves so they don't wrap it in silk. Prey insects, notably honey bees, butterflies, flies and beetles, are grabbed by the spiders' spiny front legs and immediately bitten on the head area. The venom acts quickly to subdue the prey, which is eaten at once. Venom and digestive juices liquefy the insect's internal tissues, which the spider sucks up, leaving an empty but life-like husk. (...info from various web sites).
Think I'll stick to vegetables... and be more careful when petting the lamb's ears and bees.
Monday, July 17, 2006
I took this photo tonight even though it was getting a little dark. Then I stood in the middle of the bed for the longest time trying to photograph the stationary bee on top (too stuffed to fly?), just behind the petals (no success with the focus & light, though). Hopefully, the neighbors are ignoring this behavior by now - but stop by tomorrow to see the latest garden bug drama!
My nightly routine... leading the wayward runner beans back to the fence and then hurrying in to grab the camera for something needing capturing while it's still there.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
No way I can get a decent picture, but here is a link: Cedar Waxwings. There are always a number of them together and they seem to be having such a jolly time. Their distinctive call is usually the first thing I notice and then soon see them flying to & around these trees. Nice to have them in the garden with me this evening.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
What are these bugs that like to hang out on the parsley? They don't seem to damage the parsley, but will I regret having them around later?
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Here is the link to a picture similar to PETUNIA.
Here is the link to the first year notes about PETUNIA and HERBERT.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Of course, this one had to be updated for the new blog...
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Cherry Sauce (from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 cups fresh pitted tart cherries
1 tablespoon orange or cherry liqueur, cherry brandy, or orange juice (I used a little Black Forest Kirschwasser, and my source may need to send more before cherry season is over)
Stir together sugar and cornstarch in saucepan; stir in water. Add cherries. Cook and stir over medium heat till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in the liqueur, brandy or juice. Serve warm, or cool to room temperature.
Dear Husband picked lots of cherries while I was gone this evening so tomorrow, we'll try a cobbler. Or more cherry sauce along with something dark chocolate...