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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July blooms

When I first started gardening here, It seemed like the humming birds would look for humming bird feeders next to the structures, while ignoring the flowers that I was planting for them... They eventually figured it out...

The goldfinches had no problem finding the sunflowers...

I hate these 7 minute itch plants (Cnidoscolus stimulosus)
With all the butterflies pollinating them, I don't think I'll be rid of them any time soon.

These black grasshoppers are bigger than the plants they eat...

Wonder what the cat is hunting...

The verbesina is blooming.
I found this cool wildflower growing along the side of the road, being mowed. I pulled a coupla pieces, it came up like mint, and was as easy to transplant. The yellow variety hasn't started to bloom yet.

white unknown wildflower

This is an interesting plant... The flowers resemble lavender. This guy is a natural sand-hill resident. I need to post it for identification at a plant forum.
I posted the flower, and got an immediate response... Field snakecotton
You really can't call something a weed when it only grows in sand where little else can grow.

red wildflower

Florida tasselflower (Emilia fosbergii) This plant showed up this year, I only have this one... Ima let it grow, in spite of it's close resemblance to a couple of rogue customers...

river oats

River oats are very pretty, but difficult to photograph.


Mint attracts some cool pollinators...
Meet the Double-banded Scoliid (Scolia bicinta).
When not pollinating mint, the double-banded scoliid catches beetle grubs for the next generation.

milkweed seedTropical milkweed seeds.

As always, the pictures click for larger views.


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Monday, July 9, 2012

summer colours

fence post lizard on sassafras post

This fence post lizard is wearing his best finery, hanging out on top of a sassafras post... Hoping to attract a new lover.

yellow brugmansia blooms

The brugmansias have begun to bloom.

datura wrightii

cluster of honey bees visiting datura wrightii flower

The honey bees seem to be very interested in the datura....

4 gulf frittilary butterflies on zinnia flowers

gulf frittilary close-up

Gulf fritillary butterflies have found the zinnias.

bumble bees on red sunflower

These red sunflowers are attracting plenty of polinators.

Got some painted lady butterflies...

Silver-spotted skipper enjoys the 7-minute itch plant, even if I don't...

These little yellow cherry tomatoes are sweet!

Most of the squash are through... I still have some, because I replanted some of the thinned plants...

The columbine seedlings are coming along.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wind Storm

We've had some record-breaking heat... I think it got up to 108° one day last week. My plants were suffering already in the dry sand, those triple digit temps pushed some stuff right over the edge.

dead cucumber vinesHere's the patch of cukes... They were just starting to produce.
The green stuff isn't cucumber vines...

After the heat, God took pity and sent me some rain, but he wrapped it up in a buncha wind... And knocked down some of my garden trees.

uprooted chinaberry treeI posted pics of the blooms on this china berry tree this Spring. Chinaberry is a junk tree, and there are plenty of babies, but it just won't be the same... That was a beauty...

pine treeWhile pine trees are unattractive, this one was very close to the house, and broke limbs on a beautiful oak next to the house... I was lucky that it hit the oak, rather than the house!

My garden fence had trees land on it in several places, but I was able to repair the damage before Bambi discovered the new entrances.

tomatoes with sun scaldOne more pic of the heat damage... Sun scalded tomatoes.

ripe tomatoes on plantI am getting some good ones, though.

kitten with grasshopperThe kitten doesn't eat these big black grasshoppers, but she will play with the ones I catch for her...

butterfly jailButterfly Jail

sunflowersThe wind missed a few of these sunflowers...


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