The Active Garden

September 5, 2010

Once the garden is going it keeps moving on its own momentum!  It is September and we are still harvesting beans, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, swiss chard, a few strawberries, and now watermelon.  Usually by this time year it is just a lot of tomatoes and some peppers.

A zucchini flower I took a picture of yesterday.  The plants are starting to collapse, but we should still have some good zucchini for a week or two.

We are eating our second “sugar-baby” watermelon and there are at least four more out in the garden to pick.  All this from one plant we thought was dead.

Survival of the fittest is what happens when three vines meet on the fence.  The aggressive tomato vine and morning glories meet over the more gentle clematis.  Once the cold weather comes the clematis stays and the other two get cut down before they reseed any more than necessary.

The butterflies, goldfinches and even hummingbirds visit the Zinnias throughout the day.  The goldfinches have picked off all the petals on the Zinnia in the back left.

The Caryopteris (Bluebeard) is the show stopper this week, though hard for me to capture on camera.  This plant is full of bumblebees and must be very exciting for them so late in the year.  This year the Black-Eyed Susans are pretty much done, otherwise they look great together.  Maybe the Caryopteris will hang around until the Goldenrod in the background is in its glory in a week or two.

Bug freeway system.  The butterfly weed in our new drought garden has been an education in the food chain all summer.  Here you can see the ladybugs that have been multiplying to eat the aphids.  The box elder bugs seem to be gone now, but there are flies everywhere as well as three Monarch caterpillars.

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4 Responses to “The Active Garden”

  1. Donna said

    I am truly enjoying your blog, and my frequent “drive-by’s” during the day are a joy.

    GREAT JOB!!

  2. Glad you like it! I try to limit myself to 6 pictures or so, but there is always something interesting to observe in the garden, though not always easy to catch with my camera.

  3. Tim Johnson said

    Go “sugar-baby” watermelons! They look good! Not much of a garden in our new Higashi Kurume place, but Andrea was out weeding a bit this morning. It has been incredibly hot in Japan all of August….made Chicago / Batavia seem mild after we arrived. A typhoon came through yesterday and cooled things down. Great job on the garden!
    Love, Tim

  4. I keep wanting to plant Japanese type plants in my garden, but they really are not that suited to our cold prairie winters and summers.

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