Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Here on Henny Penny Lane

 Saturday while I cleaned up the teeny tiny garden a bit, Poppy mowed...

and mowed...
and mowed...
There's okra on them thar spindly looking plants.


We had three beautiful sunny cool days last week; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I mean cool like waking up to 57 degrees. Unbelievable in August in North Carolina. But, the heat has come back, and with a vengeance! 96 hot humid degrees today!!!

Anyhow, back to the garden. It was time to pull up the buggy bean vines, the squash, and the cucumber vines, and dig a spot for stir-fry broccoli and a few collard plants.

and that's exactly what we did; set out twelve broccoli and six collard plants.  If they do any good it will shock me. I've never been able to grow any kind of fall crop. This should give my sister and brother-in-law a hardy laugh. Seems like it was 254 collard plants they set out last fall. :( But that's okay.  I did say this is a teeny tiny garden.

and thank you!  I feel so much better about this plant...
For those of you who said this probably is not autumn joy sedum, thank you! Now I can enjoy the plant without feeling like it is struggling to live and stand tall. Poor thing. It has been threatened several times and dragged from place to place.

Oh, and did I tell you about the friendly spider who followed me home? 



This is his web on the back screen door. On one of those cool days last week I "finally" got the weeds pulled from the Iris bed at the bottom of the back steps.


This was the weedy mess in spring of 2017!

Anyhow, busy busy pulling weeds, I reached down and almost grabbed the spider and it's web which was spread between two or three Iris leaves. Carefully, I finished the weeding, leaving the web and the spider untouched. Well, the next morning, the spider and it's web had moved up the back steps, all seven of them, and up the screen door. I'm wondering if he tried to get inside but found the door locked.  Last summer we had two of these big spiders in the garden.



Thank you friends! Hope to be back soon.

Love,
Henny









35 comments:

  1. I wouldn't mind some goats in my yard so they could mow the grass.

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  2. I think your tiny garden looks great... and it doesn't really look so tiny. The spider might have decided to move inside since you were so accommadating.

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  3. Your garden is stunning, I love the arrangement of flowers and plants around the yard. Very stunning, loved seeing this. Thanks for the share have a fantastic rest of your day. Keep up the posts.
    World of Animals

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  4. I have never seen a spiderweb like that! What kind is it?

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  5. It's very hot and humid here too!
    You two got a lot of work done!
    I like the plants and the flowers, but the spider is not a favorite. :)

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  6. Interesting web:) We have that same mower:)

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  7. Is that a good spider or a dangerous one? Your flowers are pretty and I guess it is the time of year when we need to be thinking fall chores. Nancy

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  8. I like your tiny gardens . Weeds they seem to grow better than anything else dont they ? lol ! I have been weeding this week to in the humid weather . Oh my YIKES ! that's a creepy looking spider . It is amazing how fast they can weave their webs and how far. Lovely photos and post . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

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  9. diane in northern wisAugust 28, 2018 at 6:22 PM

    Love your gardens and your yard and that hard working mower man you've got!!! I do NOT like the looks of that spider at all! It's so big...does it bite? What kind is it? All your flowers look so pretty! Don't get bitten by that spider Henny!!!

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  10. Your flowers are doing so well... Zinnias if I'm not mistaken. Only 2 of my Zinnia seeds sprouted and those 2 have done super well.
    I'm not exactly scared of spiders but I do find the bigger ones creepy. In Fall their webs are everywhere and look amazing in the early morning with the dew drops on them.

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  11. It's looking nice and green there. Here everything is brown unless it has been watered regularly.
    That's one ery handsome, and creepy, spider. Never seen one like it before.

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  12. I think we are all looking forward to some nice cool days. Henny Penny Lane is always kept so nicely. About all I have left in my little garden, besides flowers, is okra. I have frozen a lot of it this year, which will be a nice treat when the cold wind blows.

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  13. You have a very handsome spider. We don't have that one here.

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  14. you have such a lovely garden which would make sense with all your busy-ness in it. im a little afraid of spiders - this one may have got a small squeal out of me :)

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  15. ooooO! I~LOVE~SPIDERS...I have them all around my home,
    especially the two on each of my windowsills in the front
    room and dining room..one called Charlotte, the other one,
    has never had a name, don't ask why..Don't know!
    And Autumn will be here soon, the Virginia creeper will
    be covered in them, just the ordinary common and garden spider!
    I feed them with Crane fly..(Daddy long legs)..amazing things! :).

    HeHe! So much for death and destruction...! :).
    So..Poppy's a bit of a 'mowner' at least he's sat down doing it,
    those mowers are great fun, they even have races with them now,
    something like the Gran Prix..well, not quite..! :).

    And your garden looks lovely and bright, l'm pleased with mine
    this year, l'm no gardener, but pleased with my hanging baskets
    and things..and still in full flower!

    Just gone seven over here...time for a second lemon tea, off into
    town later, coffee at Costa, and a few things to see to...! (=ඔᆽඔ=)

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  16. It is refreshing to come across someone who is not afraid of spiders-- that said, if a spider "followed me home" right to my door, uhh I think I'd feel just a little uneasy! The look of it, and its web, is wild and not meant for the house, I don't think. You are funny not to get scared. The okra flower is very pretty.

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  17. Beautiful garden, lots of room to do gardening.

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  18. A fun post, Henny! You are busy, busy! I am hoping for early fall, but hearing of a bad upcoming winter is making me edgy so I will enjoy your posting of the beautiful garden and yard. Its hot here too, but not as hot as your place. Low to mid 80s, humidity is the worst thing. Have a wonderful Labor Day - Terry

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  19. Your garden and flowers are so pretty. And I love okra! Its not easy to find around here. Occasionally I'll find some at a farmers market but not often. My back yard is so weedy right now I'm embarrassed for anyone to see it. Its been soo hot and humid and the mosquitoes are so bad this year I just can't make myself go out and weed. It will get done when it cools off I guess. Good luck with your fall plantings!

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  20. I am all for keeping the spiders in the garden. Making there web on my backdoor would be too close for me. I'm still canning it's been salsa this week and then I want to make some more marinara sauce. I love gardening, but I have to say that I don't enjoy the end of the year when everything has to be pulled up. It's like a race between getting as much from your garden as possible and pulling it up before frost gets it and the plants turn gross and messy to handle. I need a dose of your energy, mine has been dwindling down lately.
    Stay happy sweet friend.
    Connie :)

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  21. your garden looks great, but I am so over Summer. In Northern Indiana, and lots of other places, it has been too hot and humid for us to be outside. The weeds have grown to a tropical forest. I get a day or two to take care of them and then it rains...and rains...and rains. I wasted my time. I know some people like spiders, but I do not and we have had an over abundance of them this year starting in JULY. They never ususally become a nuisance until September. I am allergic to them and when they bite, it's always more than once in the same area and I itch enough to make me crazy. Enjoy the rest of your summer. I suspect yours lasts longer than mine.
    xx, Carol

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  22. When we finally got rain, the grass really took off! We have a lot to mow before we get baby chickens again. I always think when I'm raking hay for 3 hours or more, "I could have gone somewhere far from home in that length of time." lol There's not much left in our garden but grass; however I have been able to freeze several pints of purple hull peas. Zeke, the scarecrow, was successful in keeping the deer away from things.

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  23. I think you are the only person I know who would call a spider friendly. : )
    There will be no more mowing of the lawn for me at the new house!! I do still have to mow the house we are trying to sell though.

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  24. Those spider legs looks dangerous. Do you know what kind it is? I am not a fan of spiders of any kind.

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  25. We are still getting okra and tomatoes. Your plant is beautiful I really enjoyed those cool days we had. We just planted or green and collard patch. I hope we get some rain soon to help it grow.
    Love you bunches.

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  26. I believe that IS Autumn Joy; Mine has had the same growth habit when planted in a pot. Like you, I am fall planting for the first time. What have we got to lose?! I dropped in some sugar snap peas, parsley, cilantro and beets. Cross fingers!

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  27. Your teeny tiny garden looks wonderful, Henny! I have only gotten one ripe cherry tomato out of my garden so far - the weather has been so odd this summer! Hot for the last few days, very weird for our area, but today is lovely!!

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  28. Your little garden looks so fresh and pretty! I love the pretty plant as well. Spiders are great garden helpers as long as they stay out in the garden! All of your fresh vegetables sound so wonderful! Home grown always tastes so much better!

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  29. I bet that spider appreciated your leaving him and his web alone in the iris bed. Thinking that you were a friendly soul he thought to just come inside for a visit.

    I can imagine how you must have felt almost picking him up since he looks so huge and different looking.

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  30. Henny love your teeny garden. Sometimes they are just perfect for growing a good crop of smaller veggies. Other than lettuce my fall crops generally do not fair well either. I think too by the end of August I am more than ready to take a break from all those garden chores. Have a great day friend and a lovely holiday weekend. Hugs!

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  31. Those zipper spiders are just fascinating -- so big sometimes, but cool to look at. Yes, I enjoyed those three days too. Sigh. It was a harbinger of our future joy :) Even my husband, who loves the heat, is longing for cool temps and hot chocolate. Soon.

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  32. The sedum looks like one I have, called "Emperor's Wave." Don't know why they call it that, but it's a good idea to have in a pot, because it really spreads around.

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