Another summer is winding down.
My awesome peach crop was eaten but not by us. We were able to pick quite a few but something ate the rest (probably birds and squirrels) leaving us these reminders that we are not the only ones on the farm that like peaches.
Both pecan trees have pecans this year.
I’ve waited since 2001 (when I planted these trees) for this day. Last year, I had a grand total of three pecans on one tree and something got those when I wasn’t looking. I’m sure these will ripen while we are on vacation in a few weeks, but I am open to any and all suggestions on how I can keep animals away.
Every year, certain flowers never fail to disappoint while others just surprise the heck out of me. The old standby for me is Asclepias tuberosa or milkweed which I rave about all the time.
This year, I let my granddaughter take a monarch chrysalis to her house. She had to wait a whole week before it hatched, but when it did she was super excited.
Another of our favorite caterpillars to find is the swallowtail. Last year, the rue was covered with them. This year, I haven’t seen one on the rue but the spicebush trees are full of them.
The caterpillar secretes a sticky substance
in order to turn the leaf over on itself to hide from predators. You can see the eaten part of the leaf just above the white stickiness. The same leaf provides food as well as protection. Sometimes you open a leaf to find nothing, but other times you find this
This guy was out in the open when I saw it
and probably on its way to finding a place to pupate. Most caterpillars don’t make their chrysalis on their host plant. I found an empty swallowtail chrysalis last week on the window of my back porch. To get to this location, the caterpillar had to scale a six-foot brick wall, round the corner, and climb another four feet to the window. Looks to me like it would be easier to stay close to home, but I’m not in charge of nature.
One flower that has surprised me this year is a volunteer, old-fashioned petunia that popped up in my little greenhouse. It is Huge. The greenhouse leaks a little so it’s gotten some rain, but for the most part it’s been left to fend for itself. I definitely need to collect some seed from this tough plant.
Other bloomers that are doing well are the zinnias. It took a while for them to get their groove, but once they did, they did big time.
Here are some more of my favorites
I recently found some fans of my garden. They were really cool. Ha.
And last, but not least, my favorite sight (for any season) when I come home from my job in the busy city.