I really wanted to take these pictures yesterday and have them ready for Anne Laurie this morning, but it rained and was crappy most of the afternoon. The rain has paused briefly now, so I took some pictures- the lighting isn’t spectacular. At any rate, if you all remember, my main goal when I started this backyard project several years ago was to create a pretty garden that had near constant blooms all summer and would also be very good for bees and butterflies. It’s starting to pay off. I have several huge patches of bee balm, and while you can not see the bees in these shots very well, if you are standing next to them you can see dozens and dozens of them, in all shapes and form:
Several patches of these, which are doing quite well (I am brain cramping and can not remember the name):
I have lilies all over the damned place, here is a pretty yellow one (I love this color of yellow):
The coneflowers are doing well all over the yard (and there is a big old bee on top, too!):
And then I have about a ten yard stretch along the fence that I have dedicated just to wildflowers, and they are starting to come up:
Now we get to the bonus blooms. This is an okra blossom- I only have about 20 plants that I raised from seed- it was an experiment to see how it would grow here. Jury is still out, but the blossoms are beautiful:
I have a number of different varieties of bell pepper which are about a week away from picking, as well as habaneros and other hot peppers, but I just love how these look so this is the picture you are getting:
The peas are doing well even though they did not climb anywhere near as high as last year, and in the back you can see one of the patches of sunflowers (I should have about 50-60 sunflowers this year all over the placve) is almost six feet tall:
Now for the ugly- the first round of tomatoes (this is the early July crop, the early August andlate August/September crop come later) has just been wiped out by leaf spot. I’ve trimmed away as much as I can and used neem oil and what not, but this is the price you pay for using plants you bought instead of grew from seed. My later two crops are grown from seed and planted farther away, so hopefully they will fare better. Still, I look to get about 100 tomatoes out of this bed or more.
Finally, Rosie is overseeing my yard activities:
Have a ton of lilies that should be blooming shortly, a lot more wildflowers, and a metric ton of gladiolas should be arriving soon.