After over three months, I finally came back to the Community Garden. Christi took good care of the garden, while I was out due to sickness. But she had a lot of work to keep up with the six beds. After my tomato plants quit producing (we had a good harvest this Summer) and the tomatillos were a bust, she pulled them all out. Now, the pepper plants and the basil can breath, after all the weeds under the tomatoes are gone as well.
This afternoon I was in the garden, pulled some weeds and noticed a big fire ant hill in my front raised bed. Oh boy! I have to get rid of these ants first, before I can plug the weeds out in that area. Kevin, Sara and I went back over this evening. While Kevin was treating the ant hill, Sara and I looked at the plants and captured some photos in the garden.
Honey Bee on Milkweed
🍁🍂🍃 Happy Autumn Gardening! 🍃🍂🍁
Last year in Spring, I planted a root of a clematis in my garden. I’ve had a small plant growing that year. But when the Texas Summer arrived, it was gone. First I thought, the heat “killed” it. And I said to myself: “Oh well, I gave it a try. Maybe the roots will come back later.” Sure enough, the plant came back this Spring. It grew into a vine. But no blooms all Spring and Summer. This morning, when I checked on my plants in the garden, I saw something blooming behind the greenhouse. I walked over there to get a better glimpse. Oh my, I have five clematis blossoms on the vine. All this waiting finally paid off. I guess, all the rain and the cooler temperature in the last few days helped a lot, too.
This morning, I counted five clematis blooms on the vine.
Pretty Clematis Blossom
When the fairies built their first house in our garden, it was surrounded by gourd vines.
The kobold was happy, when we had glass mushrooms in our frontyard one morning.
Pssst! The Fairies are home.
I always remember the day, we’ve got our first fairy house and put it in the frontyard. Sara and her friends had a blast with all the tales, I was telling them about the garden fairy tales.
In August 2015, I had a beautiful Summer flower garden. It looked very inviting for our backyard wildlife. Next to butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, we also hosted a den for Eastern Cottontail bunnies. And a hummingbird family came over to visit our yard on a daily basis as well. Plant an environment for wildlife, and they will come! Here are some bloom photos of that wonderful Summer:
Beautiful Crape Myrtle Blossoms
Firebush for the Hummingbirds ❤
Nope! It’s not an alien, but a Bougainvillea. 😉
Monarch at the Chaste tree blossom in the Dallas Arboretum
The Monarch became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature.
Several years back, while Kevin took the clothes out of the dryer he said that there is a big butterfly hanging around my Mexican sunflowers. I might want to check it out. When I looked out the patio door, I saw a big Tiger Swallowtail fluttering around my flower bed. Quickly I grabbed my camera and captured a couple of photos. This was the first time, Kevin and I saw an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in our backyard. What a beautiful sight.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Mexican Sunflower II
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Mexican Sunflower I