Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Egyptian Walking Onion Babies

These went into the ground last weekend. I am so thankful that one of my 6th grade teachers (Weiser's Park Elementary School) so graciously sent me these Egyptian walking onion babies. We are looking forward to their showy displays.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Red Glad

The glads are in full bloom. I usually enjoy them while leaving them in the garden, but this one tipped over, so it came inside.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Clematis After the Bloom

What's left after the purple petals fall to the ground.

Monday, August 22, 2011

One Watermelon

Which is better than "none" watermelon. I think if the season lasts long enough, there could be two.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Red and Orange Glad

A nice surprise from a bargain variety bag of bulbs.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hot Pink Zinnia

Isn't it delicious? Next year, I'm planting zinnias everywhere. They've become my gardening superstars.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rufous Hummingbird

This hummingbird is probably just passing through on its migration. It spent yesterday evening defending the backyard hummingbird feeder. It might be a female, or an immature male.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Black-Eyed Susans

Highly-recommended perennial. Leave the seed heads up all winter for goldfinches and pine siskins.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Blue Isn't an Easy Color

My Nikko blue hydrangea, which spent its first few years flowering pink. The soil was too alkaline, and it took three years to get the acidity high enough for blue blooms.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pine White Butterfly

These butterflies lay their eggs in pine trees, and the caterpillars eat the needles.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Clever and Naughty

Pretty sure this is the same squirrel that was chewing on the rooster at the top of the pole holding this sunflower feeder. Pretty tricky.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Butterfly Looks Like a Leaf

I don't know the identification for this one, some type of wood nymph, I'd guess? Let me know. See it with wings open below....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Love Lies Bleeding

Otherwise known as amaranthus. Dramatic decorative and an edible.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bee on Butterfly Bush

Look at the pollen this guy is packing.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Blue Morning Glory

Once you plant them, you'll have them forever. I tried to weed them out of this garden bed so the peas could have plenty of room...but I missed this one. It's pretty.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Over the Top

First tomato plant to reach the top of a cage.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Little Troublemaker

This fella spent quite a bit of time yesterday gnawing on this rooster silhouette. Tough teeth. He left marks.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Baby Acorn Squash

Happy to see this little guy after doing battle every night with squash bugs. The white powder around the plant is diatomaceous earth. The supposed deadly organic option. It's only kinda working.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Could it Be? A tomato? Finally?

Mark the calendar. First date of harvest for 2011: August 3. Fingers crossed we have a growing season well into September this year since it got started so late.

Monday, August 1, 2011

End of Story for Sunflowers

Big wind storm over the weekend, so bye-bye sunflowers. I had several volunteer sunflowers in this flower bed, with one reaching amazing heights. Aviana measured it at 11 feet. Below is a picture of it last week.