The Pumpkin Princess ~ A Garden Fairy Tale

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Sara loves all the pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch (2010)

Once upon a pumpkin vine,
There grew a flower, fair and fine.
One day, a sprite danced by and brushed
Her petals with a golden dust.
And magically, that flower fine
Became a pumpkin on that vine.

Now perhaps that fairy was a bee
And pollen dust fell from its knee.
Then pollination, not some spell’s power,
grew a fruit from that fair flower.
Still … her beauty had no match
She was the princess of the pumpkin patch!

Resource: Scholastic TeachablesΒ  – “The Pumpkin Princess (Science Poem)

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Robber Fly (Mallophora bomboides)

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, intimidatingΒ  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.

Our Greenhouse/Garden In Mid-July 2019

I love this time of year. The peaches are almost ripe. Kevin can’t wait, me making peach cobbler soon. The herbs are great for sauces and other recipes. The peppers just love the heat in the greenhouse. My sunflowers are in full bloom in the raised beds. But today, I also harvested the last tomato, before I cut the plants down in the greenhouse. They had to make room for zucchini, corn, and okra. I have to see, how well they will do. But it is worth trying it. So far the seedlings do very well.

Our Greenhouse/Garden In Early July 2019

It’s definitely getting warmer in North Texas. Day temperatures are in the 90s (32Β°-36Β°C), since the beginning of Summer. We’ve also had some thunderstorms, last week. It’s the perfect mix for growing vegetables and fruits in the garden. The squirrels planted some seeds earlier in the year. And now, we have corn plants with ears on them. Since the wildlife worked so hard sowing seeds, the corn ears will go to the squirrels. Maybe they will share with a mouse and a few birds. As of right now, we have to share our peaches with the squirrels. Until Luis comes out and barks them out of our backyard: “No peaches for you, Sandy! Woof!”

Because it got warmer, the tomatoes slowed down with their production. We will see, if they make it to Autumn and start to produce again. If not, there will be room for some more Autumn/Winter vegetables. One of the Orb-weaver Spiders made camp in our Autumn Sage. We always can use a good friend like Zippy in the garden. She takes care of the pesky insects and keeps them away from our garden. Our clematis blooms for the third time, this season. I need to start to trim it. That way, we might get the plant bushier and more blossoms. Something I still have to learn how to do.

Sunflowers & Poblano Peppers

Our sunflowers started to bloom, earlier this week. Now, one after the other pops up. Later in the Summer or early Autumn, the birds can reap what they have sown. Meanwhile, the poblano peppers begin to grow. Soon, I can make guacamole from garden fresh tomatoes, poblano, onions, and cilantro. Can I ask for more? πŸ˜‰

First Cucumber of 2019

The cucumber plant took its sweet time, but we have one fruit growing in the garden. The birds did their magic by planting sunflowers around it. I hope, we will get more cucumbers throughout the Summer, since they can climb up the sunflowers, which will also add some sweetness to the fruits.

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First home grown cucumber of this season