It was just a couple of weeks ago that I posted several pictures under the plant identification forum, one of which turned out to be the Texas Star Hibiscus. On Saturday I went to some yard sales with my youngest sister and was telling her about this particular plant. Lo and behold, we pull up at a church having a mission sale and they have one in full bloom. It was spectacular and I had no idea it gets as tall as it does. I'm 5'2 and it was much taller than I am. Then again, that's probably true for lots of things!
I came across a four-volume set called "Successful Gardening, A Step by Step Guide" for $5. It encompasses something like 16 chapters on everything you can imagine...plants, planting, propagation, pests/diseases, composting, on and on. It will take me a month of Sunday's to get through the entire set because each volume is huge. My husband just laughed when I brought them in the house and said we have more books on gardening than we have actual gardens. True enough, but I have a hard time passing up anything related to gardening especially when it's at a good price.
It was too hot this weekend to do much in the garden but I did get most of my green beans harvested. Lots of blooms on them, so there will be more to come. I had to wait until late evening because of the stifling heat, whch meant offering myself up as a human sacrifice to the mosquito population. Tomatoes...hmmm....lots of tomatoes on the vines but the birds or something are eating them as soon as they start turning. I've gotten some for personal use, but really like to can tomatoes and just don't see that happening. I've thrown out more than I've kept. Still reaping cucumbers out the wahzoo. Squash and zucchini have slowed down to a crawl but my pink-eyes took off all of a sudden and are full of blooms.
Supposed to be more temperate and less humid this week. I'm certainly looking forward to that! Have a great week everyone, in your gardens or out!
Seems to be my year for bird stories. When I got home from work the other day my husband called me outside to see that 4 mockingbirds had gotten inside the fence around one of my blueberry bushes. They scalped it pretty good but I guess they like a good, sweet treat as much as we do! They only ate the BLUE blueberries!
Bsmitch...aren't you proud of me. I got the image uploaded this time!
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I just happened to walk outside late yesterday and look up at the martin gourds. This poor little baby was hanging on for dear life. I ran for the camera and my husband ran for a ladder but just after I snapped this picture one of the male martins came up and put him back in the gourd.
Hope the picture works. If not, please look in my photo album. It's not something we get to see every day...or WANT to. I'm just glad the little fella wasn't harmed.
EEEEEKKKK! You know the old saying, "be careful what you wish for". Last year we were struggling through drought status and begging for rain, rain rain. This year I think every storm is targeting my yard. It's great for the trees, shrubs, and flowers but it is overkill for the vegetable garden which is getting soaked in excess of 2 inches at a time, sometimes several times a week, as these slow moving storms dump tons of rain in one area. Then there is hail (thankfully, small hail) and high winds to contend with. Last night as yet another storm blew through I watched through the kitchen window, sure the corn was going to be flattened. It made it through!!! Every year we end up straightening the rows of corn at least a couple of times during the growing season. The silver lining last night was that my son lost power at his house and had to come to ours for a while...which meant he had to help string green beans!
So, tomatoes are looking rough. Bush cucumbers are looking rough although the trellised cukes look great. Pulled up some onions that looked bad and the bulbs were mushy. The pinkeye/purple hull peas are only about 5 inches tall and seem to be taking forever to grow. Still lots of good things in the garden happening with the green beens, most peppers, corn, okra, squash and zucchini. I met one of my sisters halfway between our homes and traded her two grocery bags of veggies for use of her pressure canner and got 5 qts of beans put up last night.
The weeds are simply outstanding! Bumper crop.
I bought local cantaloupe and watermelon from a roadside stand a few days back. It was the best cantaloupe I have eaten in the longest time. Sweet, juicy, perfect. If the watermelon is half as good I'll be a happy camper.