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.
Sometimes too many things pile up in life, and I had to clear my mind this morning. The best way to do this, I just take a walk to the turtle pond at Bill Allen Memorial Park. Watching the turtles sitting on a tree log and listening to the frogs croaking, can be so soothing. Some small turtles were basking in the sun. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a frog in the pond.
There is some blue dye in the pond to take care of the algae. The pond got really bad last year. Maybe the mild Winters had their part in it. But I’ve noticed, that the dye is working. The pond looks good and doesn’t smell funky, anymore. It’s just still very blue. 😉
Katydid on Buffelgrass
Sedum next to the pond
A Red-eared Slider Turtle rests on a tree stomp.
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
What is a better way to enjoy the birthday, when the kids are in school, and the husband is at work? That’s right. I do a little photo-hike along The Colony Shoreline Trail. And I was lucky, today: I actually could capture a pondhawk in mid-flight; several Great Egrets were close to the shoreline; a Great Blue Heron was on water watch directly on the edge of the trail; and a squirrel and enjoyed a fresh osage orange.
tawny Emperor Butterfly
Great Egret at the shoreline
Skipper on Frog Fruit
Low Bladderpod (Lesquerella densiflora)
Honey Bee on Frog Fruit
Low Bladderpod (Lesquerella densiflora)
Great Blue Heron overlooks the water at the trail
“Time to go back to the water!”
“I’m almost at the lake, again.”
Western Pondhawk in mid-flight
Surfing Great Heron
This Texas Fox Squirrel loves to munch on fresh fallen Osage Oranges.
Canada Goose Feather