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Guests In The Garden. September 11, 2012

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Our zinnias have been hosting some winged guests recently. I caught these images of them today:

…and:

Both of these were taken with Gizmo and a 2X Tele-Extender from twelve to fifteen feet away, allowing me to get compressed close-ups without disturbing our guests.  🙂

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This Week’s Garden. September 7, 2012

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Our vegetables (other than the greens and tomatoes and squash) are largely a memory, but our flowers are still powering my psyche. I prevailed upon my housemates to let them mature in place – cut flowers are nice, but I worship the view out our kitchen window as I do the dishes.

Zinnias and Lacinato kale in our garden:

…and the “volunteer” sunflowers which popped up early in the season, unprovoked progeny of last year’s planting:

They’re all nearing the end of their run as the nights court frosting temperatures, so I figured I better share them with you while I can.

This Year’s Garden! July 26, 2012

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Gardening this year has been an uphill struggle; The Ladies built raised beds last year, which has helped tremendously by containing the produce and excluding the weeds, but the lack of rain has necessitated putting a chunk of each day into keeping my efforts from turning to dust.

So Tuesday’s rain was a great relief, and the garden rejoiced:

The watering system I rigged up sat blissfully idle today.  Thank You, Father Sky.

Our garden is a mix of what we planted and the “volunteers” which appeared as a result of last year’s reseeding (we’re going with a no-till model, and just being grateful when Free Stuff shows up!  🙂 )

Among the volunteers are carrots (which provided nice white flowers but no carrots to speak of,) onions, garlic, leeks, some kind of vining things which might or might not be pumpkins (half the fun is the expectant waiting,) and two little trees in the mid-ground which I think are apricots – again, time will tell!  😆

So far we’ve harvested and enjoyed rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, snow peas, beans (green, yellow and purple,) squash (summer, delicata and zucchini,) purple potatoes (more volunteers!) cucumbers, broccoli, kale and rainbow chard – I’m growing leaves!!

And we have flowers interspersed, some (such as the marigolds and aliums) as companion planting for pest control, and some just for eye-candy.  Glads:

…and zinnias:

The rain really freshened them up, and they were a joy to photograph:

We’ll have sunflowers later on, but right now they’re just buds:

We’ve been sharing our bounty with a fat little woodchuck (she and I have a love/hate relationship,) but there’s still as much as  I can eat and more.

Thank you Mother Earth; Thank you Father Sky.

At A Local Farm Stand. July 27, 2011

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One of our many local farm stands grows LOTS of beautiful flowers:

…as well as lots of great fresh veggies.  And they have an appropriate sense of humor for The Farming Life:

Got some great corn there to supplement our own crankin’ garden.  🙂