Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Winding down

The teeny tiny garden has given us lots of big red tomatoes this summer. We've had plenty of green beans, more peppers than we could use, beautiful eggplants, even squash and cucumbers, and now okra, but things are winding down. 

We've had lots of help keeping those pesky insects out of the garden...help from the lizard who lived under the squash vines and


then two of these large black and yellow garden spiders built their webs in the tomato vines. When I reached around to take a picture of her back side, she disappeared. Twice I've caught my hair in her web while reaching in to pick the little sun gold tomatoes...



The Gomphrena or Globe amaranth has bloomed and bloomed. I've cut just a few stems and hung them to dry.



there were supposed to be light pink and red too...


anyway, I'm happy with these. Maybe there will be a garden next year and I will try again.


Have you started dreaming about next year's garden yet? I have. Yes, next year I want a row each of the large zinnias, cosmos, Gomphrena, sunflowers, and hollyhocks. 


Gosh, Poppy may have to add on to the little garden fence. That should go over big! Maybe I will settle for half a row of each.

Love,
Henny










22 comments:

  1. The cooler weather is a welcomed relief, from hot and humid days.
    Your garden has given you an abundant harvest this year, all to be enjoyed.
    I like the sound of your plans for next year's garden, who wouldn't love to be surrounded by hollyhocks and sunflowers :)
    ~Jo

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  2. While your garden is winding down ours here in the PNW are just getting up to speed. I have one little red tomato, but most are green or still setting.
    We are having a heat wave now, and no rain for about 50 days. Anything that is growing needs to be watered. In my garden that includes, zinnias, asters, marigolds, dahlias and cosmos. I must have flowers!

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  3. Like Linda I must have flowers in my garden and like her garden mine is finally producing. Lots of beans, bush and also pole beans, lots of green tomatoes with only a few ripe ones so far and those are the small ones. Gardeners always think of next year... what we'll do differently what we'll plant and what we won't. I'm not bothering with Sugar Peas any more. I'm the only one that eats them ( besides Bracken and Cinnamon Bun) and I can't possibly keep up.

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  4. I love that huge garden spider. I've never seen a web with a zigzag in it. It's beautiful. The orb spiders are busy here, too. I hate to get caught in one. Our front porch seems to have had more webs this year than before. Or maybe I'm just noticing them more. Our weather after Thursday is supposed to cool off a lot. I hope you get some of that so you can enjoy being outside more.

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  5. Love it all except for the spiders, quick shudder, I don't like them one little bit. I have a resident hedgehog who must be very fat as there is scarcely a slug or snail in the garden.

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  6. spiders like my yard near our cars. Freaks my wife out

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  7. Yes, and I'm still planting because I don't want things to dwindle down too fast this summer. I am thinking about rows and clusters, too. We're growing tired of the zucs. I'm sure Poppy will create more garden space for you, Henny.

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  8. We are still waiting on harvest of tomatoes and peppers here. Still green after all the rain. I don't welcome spiders to our garden one little bit. Eeeek! I love hollyhocks, too. Reminds me of gardens years ago.

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  9. This is what I mean, by Autumn beginning, in August!!!!!

    Gardens are overflowing with produce, and some are even winding down.

    Not that all is over! Not that all green, has turned other colors. Not that summer is over.

    Yes, I do need to do a post, on what I really mean, by Autumn starting in August!!! :-)

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  10. Not quite yet am I thinking of next years garden. The tomatoes and green peppers are not quite ready for picking yet. Did pick lots of Rhubarb, beans, and cucumbers though.
    Probably won't have to much time for a garden next spring. Hopefully we will be moving into our new house.

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  11. I'm always thinking about the changes that I'll make next year. Steve asked me if I wanted anymore old tires. He saw a half dozen that someone had dumped along the side of the road . . . yes, yes, yes, they make great garden planters. In fact this is my best year for cucumbers and I planted them all in old tires. They're free and that sure beats building boxes that cost around $60 to $70 each :) I'd rather use that money for fabric, LOL.
    Happy Summer!
    Connie :)

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  12. We moved into this house twenty years ago and I started with four raised bed perennial gardens. I've expanded somewhat and decided to keep a garden diary. By midsummer, I'm already making notes for next year on what is working and what isn't. If I didn't, every year I'd plant lantana for the butterflies because I forgot that it just doesn't do well in my garden. And I can make notes on what really needs dividing next spring because it's getting too big.

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    1. Hey Denny. That is such a good idea. I should keep notes too. I am bad about doing the same wrong things over and over and forgetting where I planted what in the vegetable garden.

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  13. Hi,
    Yes, I am already planning for next year too. ;-)
    Our beans are just about done. Our tomatoes are slow this year. We are very chilly this weekend, high in the 50's!! Eek! Some have said we will have an early Autumn!!
    Carla

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  14. It seems like the time for this year's garden just arrived. It has gone by so fast. Sounds like you had a super harvest! Love the globe amaranth! Nancy

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  15. You should just go whole hog and ask for extra room for a whole row. You never know if you don't ask. You need a row of bright, beautiful flowers in addition to all your delicious veggies.

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    1. Hey Vic! I should. I do love flowers in the garden. I think hollyhocks would be pretty growing along the outside of the fence. Don't know why I didn't think of that years ago. Thank you!

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  16. Hollyhocks on the outside of the fence sounds good to me. Your Globe Amaranth is quite lovely:)

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  17. Not quite yet am I thinking of next years garden. The tomatoes and green peppers are not quite ready for picking yet. Did pick lots of Rhubarb, beans, and cucumbers though.


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  18. Yes it is sad that the garden is coming to an end. I am ready to plant some salad greens and collard greens. We even thought about trying some fall cabbages. Our peas have not started producing yet. Oh well I am ready for fall.

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  19. The globe amaranth makes such pretty dried flowers, a little reminder of summer in winter vases. I love your zipper spider,web. Maybe you will see their egg cases. They make little "brown paper" bundles and hang them here and there.

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  20. Some have said we will have an early Autumn!!

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