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! 🍃🍂🍁
In Carrollton is a little park I love to go for a little walk, after Kevin and I have lunch with him about a block away. There are lots of pecan trees, a pond, lots of squirrels, turtles birds, and a natural bee hive in an old tree trunk. It’s the perfect place to “walk the lunch off”. If you wondered, this is the park where I got the idea from for my blog title. 🙂
Fox Squirrel with a pecan nut in its mouth
Autumn Pecan Leaves
Natural bee hive in an old tree trunk of a pecan tree
When Kevin, the girls and I were on vacation, we were really frustrated with the cell phone signal. After less then two years, we switched back to our old phone provider today. With the new contract, Kevin and I got us the Samsung Galaxy S9 phones. Katelynn got an LG. And Sara is just happy, she can play the games on the old phones for right now.
This evening after we set up the new phones, I played with the camera in the garden a little bit. I’m impressed, how clear these photos came out. Of course, I still will use my Nikon cameras. But I don’t need to drag my bigger camera to every single event anymore. Because the phone camera shoots crispy clear photos as well. Now, I just need to get used to the rest of the phone knick-knacks again. First thing I did: I changed the ringtone to my old one on the new phone, which is Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. 😉
Jalapeno fruit and blossom
Busy bee on sunflower
Another busy bee on the Indian Blanket/Firewheel
The Pimiento pepper is almost ready to pick.
Neighbor’s crape myrtle
Lantana “Dallas Red”
Here are some photos of very beneficial insects, which visit our garden. Without them, some of the vegetables wouldn’t be pollinated, and pests would take over the garden.
This lovely ladybug keeps the aphids at bay.
Hoverfly on Cilantro/Coriander Blossoms
Honey Bee on Green Onion Blossom
Honey Bee on Dandelion
HURRAY for our little garden helpers!
Due to the nice weather, I sat on the front porch and watched some insects buzzing and fluttering around our Spring blooms. I’ve noticed a Common Gray Hairstreak fluttered and sat down on our pink sage (Salvia nemorosa). Since I take my camera almost everywhere, all I had to do is sit there and wait patiently for the butterfly to open its wings. Several photos later, a honeybee came for a visit in the flower garden. Mr. BuzzBuzz was so busy collecting nectar, it took me a little bit to get some good photos.
“Oh, hello there! I did not notice, you holding your lens in my face.”
Common Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Common Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
This guy/gal has been through some rough moments.
I love this capture of the Common Gray Hairstreak and Mr. BuzzBuzz.
“Hmmm, delicious nectar!”
Busy Mr. BuzzBuzz