Late Summer Birds and Flora

 

Summer is almost officially past, so I’m posting some images from my gardens.  We have three kinds of morning glories flowering in our yard.  We’d have four, if the large blue ones would flower,garden1 but they won’t.  So, we have some deep purple, some magenta, and some orchid ones.  I don’t know all the names of the types, but they are lovely.  Every year, I collect the seeds from these flowers to replant them in the spring.  Sometimes, we get some interesting hybrids.  I managed to get pictures of one of my favorites.  Sometimes the orchid morning glories will sport a  broad, deep purple  stripe, as you see here. garden2 The seeds will actually reflect the  combined types.  Orchid seeds are cream colored and purple or magenta ones are black.  These hybrid seeds are usually cream with a black stripe.  Sometimes, the orchid ones will also blend with the magenta to produce a pink flower.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the one pink flower I’ve seen so far, but I did tag the flower so that I can retrieve the seeds.

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The birds have also been having a grand time in our yard.  We’ve seen lots of cardinals, garden5including the Daddy Cardinal taking the kids out for dinner.  We also have Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, scads of Gold Finches and Purple Finches, Chickadees, Titmice, and Nuthatches.  I even saw a hummingbird three times this year!  One time was in early September!  The young gentleman Coopers Hawks have since taken offhawk1 and rarely visit now.  We named them Shawn and Gus – I know you know that I AM telling the truth about that!  In this picture, you can see one hawk in the foreground and if you look carefully, the other is in silhouette in the triangle of railings on the right.
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The drought has certainly left my pumpkins gasping for life.  I’ve seen so many pumpkin and gourd embryos wither and die.  Still, some made it. garden10 Here is an odd shaped pumpkin, which some critter took a chunk out of.  Still, the pumpkin lives and now resides on my sideboard in the dining room.  The pumpkin below isn’t a rogue that needs to be caged to protect the other flora and fauna. The vine climbed over the garden fence and the pumpkin embryo became fertilized hanging over the outside of the garden.  Since we found evidence of some creature trying to dig into the garden,  we developed protective caging from milk cartons. garden7 The ploy worked, for this pumpkin matured and now resides in state on the what-not table in my parlor.  You can also see a crown of thorns embryo ready to flower and be fertilized.  The good news is that this little guy is happily growing away.  Maybe I’ll have some more pictures of it later.  garden9
Here are some of our eggplants and peppers. These guys were delicious!  Yang can cook!  So, I guess the drought didn’t totally blacken my green thumb.garden8

 

3 thoughts on “Late Summer Birds and Flora

  1. Hello…My computer came back up with email working! I guess there were backup files. I found this out the day after I mailed your letter.
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    I loved reading about your garden. This garden is new to me so the weeds managed to take over. How do they thrive in a drought?? They grew faster and taller than I have ever seen… ever! (I could have won a contest with those things)
    The grape tomatoes, chives, and zucchini made it…but animals got to the other things. We did have Concord and Green Grapes but they were small. The things we did get tasted so good.

    Nice chatting at you. Catch you later….Sue

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  2. Hi…my son-in-law tells me There’s a slow drip system for the garden…that’s how the weeds grew so tall. I fell behind in the weeding dept. First year for a garden for me. Next year maybe I will do better!

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  3. Hi Sue, So glad to hear from you. We should look into the slow drip system, though I’m not sure how things will work out if we have another drought next year. I didn’t get a chance to return your letter to you, though I was intending to do so! At least we can communicate this way. I don’t have a local reading planned for the next two months, but if I get something arranged at some place like Tatnuck or Barnes and Noble, I’ll let you know! Enjoy the latest post.

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