Saturday, July 6, 2013

Adventures in Gardening - Part 2

Yes, it's been a while.  I've been spending some time in my garden and have pictures to prove it.

Still enjoying the birds.  We get a visit from many cardinals, twice a day.

And there's always the bathing antics.  What's not to love watching them?

Quite drenched, and looking at me wondering what I'm pointing at him!

Beside our attempt to attract more birds this year, I also wanted to create a haven for butterflies.  For years,  it seems that I don't see many a lot of butterflies around.  When I was young, we saw monarch butterflies all over the place.  Not so much anymore.  So I've been adding more perennials that are butterfly friendly.  And it seems like it may be a success.  I've seen more this year.  In fact, my garden runs the length of my back yard and then wraps around in the back to almost the width of the yard.  And yesterday, I sat and watched a butterfly flit through the garden, taking in the sights.  About an hour later, back again, with a friend.  And every half hour after that.  I'm thinking I'm moving in the right direction in putting the right plants in.

I didn't go to any fireworks displays this year.  Actually, I rarely do.  I love the displays but would like them better without the BOOM!! (I also realized that staying home didn't save me from that.  The neighbors had plenty of BOOM!)  But I got my own little show from my garden.  Don't these look like fireworks?

July 5th

July 6th
What a difference a day makes!
Veggies are doing pretty good.  So far, my only concern is with the peppers.  I would think they'd be bigger by now.  But I'm patient.  Everything else is doing well, and most of what I have is organic and/or heirloom seeds.  That makes me happy!!  Didn't get a shot of the 5 gallon bucket with carrots, but they are also doing well.

Green Peppers

Broccoli - gotta figure out what is feasting on the leaves!



Sunflowers - Just cuz I like them!

Spaghetti Squash

Zucchini Squash
(I see a little yellow flower there!!)

After the birds dug up most of the zucchini seeds, I had to start some new ones.
We'll see how that goes.

We were blessed late in June with some crazy rains.  Temps were lower than normal, which might account for the lack of growth with the peppers.  Overall, I think the garden's doing well!!  And it's just so dang pretty to sit and enjoy!

Soon, we will have some concrete work done.  If it turns out to be exciting, I'll post pics!!

Enjoy the rest of your Fourth weekend.