The fairies “asked” me to clean up the rest of the Spring/Summer plants to make more room for the Autumn/Winter Season , in the greenhouse. After plucking the peppers and some old annual herbs, I refilled one of the beds with some soil and planted Blue Sage and Thai Basil. Sara agreed with putting the plants in the greenhouse, so they can last longer in the cooler season. We’ve also noticed, the light in the fairy house turns on sooner, every evening. The nights definitely become longer, again. And the fairies come home from their work earlier. 😉
Today, I’ve got more blooms for Sara’s garden. She asked me earlier, if we could get some more milkweed for her, so she might have a good chance to raise Monarch butterflies. Well, the Monarch migration to Mexico began last month. And soon we will see them flying through our neighborhood. Monarchs love to stop for a good energy boost, and the females lay eggs on the milkweed. Usually that gives us four to six weeks to raise the next generation of Monarchs, and send them on their way to Mexico, where they can overwinter and come back in Spring.
But we’ve also got some goodies for the bees and other pollinators. Sara will get some Purpletop Vervain, Blue Sage, Dill, Garlic, and Thai Basil planted in her garden. I hope, we will have some good blooming in the garden, the first frost hits usually by mid-November.
Tonight, we also have a beautiful clear sky with a bright Waxing Gibbous Moon. Since it is so nice outside, I had to capture a photo and post it. 😉
Happy Flower Garden!
This Spring, Sara wanted to start her own garden. So, we gave her one of the raised beds, where she could do with it, what she likes to do. I helped her with sowing some coneflower, cosmos, hyacinth bean, morning glory, and sunflowers. Over the last several months, I posted photos of her flowers. Now in late Summer, the hyacinth beans finally started to bloom. The seeds themselves were actually from previous flowering in The Colony Community Garden and our home garden. Sara is excited. She is hoping, more hummingbirds come for a visit, before they migrate south to Central America. With a little bit of help from Mom and Dad, there might be a good chance, that one or two of the hummies still will visit Sara’s garden this season.
Here are a couple of photos of a hummingbird, which visited the hyacinth bean blossoms for some fresh and delicious nectar in our garden, a couple of years ago.
In our garden I find all kinds of interesting bugs. This time it is a robber fly, that mimics a bumble bee to get their prey confused, before they’ll catch it. Usually I see these big, intimidating robber flies in our yard. They feed on cicadas and other huge bugs. But I was surprised to see this little guy/gal munching on what seems to be an assassin bug, while sitting on one of my tomato cages. After several photos, I came a little bit to close for comfort. And the robber fly flew with its leftover prey into the distance.