This morning was cool enough to get some work done at the Community Garden. My bed desperately needed some clean up. The squash bugs got to my zucchini plant, and some of the flowers were just wilted from the heat of Summer. One of my sunflowers was ready to get harvested. And I needed to make some room for more Autumn/Winter vegetables.
After the clean-up and watering, Christi and Wally harvested quite a bit of okra for the food bank. I can see a delicious gumbo in the future. 😉 Meanwhile, I walked around and captured photos of both gardens. When it gets a little bit cooler here in North Texas, we all will be much busier building more raised beds, cleaning out the older raised beds and get the garden ready for the Autumn/Winter season. Here you can see what’s growing in the gardens right now:
My first attempt to grow “French Cheese” pumpkins
Hmmm, Tonya’s butternut squashes look very healthy and delicious.
What would be a garden without garden ornaments?
Hyacinth Beans (I grow them for decoration. (But I also know, they are eaten in Kenya and Vietnam.)
Christi’s garden is in full bloom. The bees and butterflies love the pineapple sage, Thai basil, and milkweed.
This is about a 8 to 9 feet okra plant.
Tonya has some beautiful purple hull pea blossoms blooming in her bed.
Serrano Peppers ?
And more okra
Watermelon or Moon & Stars melon? I’m not so sure.
Blooms from the end of August of last year. I let the pictures speak for themselves, again.
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)
My beautiful rose bush
Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)
Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) and Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)
Hibiscus blossom in the morning Sun
Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)
The Autumn equinox is only a week, away. And Summer came here in Texas. The flowers seem to love this hot weather. My fire bush starts to open to bloom more. The cosmos just began to bloom, too. And the zinnias are flowering all Summer. Here are some photos of my orange-colored flowers in the garden.
The blossoms of the fire bush start to open.
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
The ants love the cosmos, too.
It is that time of year, when the hummingbirds migrate from Canada to Central America, where they will stay to spend the Winter. When I water my garden, I hear them chirping all the time.
Over the last several years, I have seen hummingbirds visiting my garden to energize and get ready for the long flight along the Gulf of Mexico. I usually put a couple of feeders up, and I have flowering shrubs, they like to feed on. Last year, I created a little hummingbird garden next to my greenhouse, which included a firebush, bougainvillea, lantana, and some salvia (garden sages). I also added a water fountain for quenching the hummers’ thirsts and taking a bath to cool off in this North Texas heat. My reward was that the couple visited with their offspring. Three young hummingbirds and their parents chased one another, having a drink of nectar from the trumpet vine blossoms, and then chase each other again.
I would love to find a hummingbird nest one day. Maybe someday Momma Hummingbird decides to build her nest in my yard. That would be so awesome!!!
Hummingbird hovers over firebush blossoms
My little hummingbird sanctuary next to the greenhouse 🙂
Hummingbird rests on trumpet vine blossom
Now, the days are getting shorter and the nights become slightly cooler. Autumn is on its way. It is time to prepare the garden for the cooler, more comfortable days ahead. Soon, the Monarch butterflies and the Hummingbirds are migrating south into Mexico, again. They need lots of feeding stations along their way. Our local critters, birds, and insects need a place to feed, rest and hideout as well. Here are some photos of the newest blooms, and some are collections I’ve got over the last few years.
Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)
MIlkweed (Asclepias curassavica)
Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)
Russian Seed (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
Meadow Sage (Salvia nemorosa)
Coreopsis “Ruby Frost”/Tickseed
Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
Honey bee on milkweed
Gold-tipped Leafcutter Bee (Megachilidae)
Skipper on Scarlet Sage
In August of last year, I captured these photos. I let them speak for themselves, today. 🙂
This Summer, my garden lights went out one after the other. Tonight I changed out the batteries. And everything looks like new again. Now, the little garden fairies can easier find their way back home. Sara and her friend from across the street like this very much.
The Dragonfly garden light, which is in my fairy garden in the frontyard.