"And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress and keep it". Genesis 2:15

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Late August Harvest

Isn't this a beautiful flower? Its Okra! Our Okra just started blooming a few days ago, and already we have large pods that need to be picked. This is something that you have to check every day. I happen to be the only one in the family that likes okra, so I didn't plant very much. This morning I was searching for okra recipes and came across an indian recipe for marsala stuffed okra. We will have to try that one.

In addition to the okra, we have been picking green peppers, yellow squash, butternut squash, and lima beans. The lima beans that I rescued in the spring from the ants and aphids lived all this time and produced a bumper crop. It was fun shelling them all and having a meal of the best tasting, tender limas we had ever had.

The pumpkin vines have grown truly enormous, but still no pumpkins!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What's Blooming in August

I just took a photographic survey of what's blooming in the yard and was surprised at how much I had. Of course I have made an effort over the years to plant stuff that bloomed in late summer and fall because I want to always have something blooming. So enjoy the pictures. Now if I had banks and banks of each of these wouldn't that make a show!

Knock Out Rose

Black-eyed Susan

Purple Cone-Flower

The backs of sunflowers are interesting too.

Sunflower. I dont know if that is a wasp or a bee on there.

Ice Plant


The Dill flower would not sit still for this picture, but I thought it was interesting anyway.


Native Daylilly and liriopie

Native Daylillies

Crape Myrtle

Yucca pod with seeds

Red Yucca


I dont know what this is called. I just call it the pink fall blooming lilly.

Purple Sorrel

Rain Lillies

Turk's Cap


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wishing I Had This Bounty!

"What wondrous life is this I lead!

Ripe apples drop about my head;

The luscious clusters of the vine

Upon my mouth do crush their wine;

The nectarine and curious peach

Into my hands themselves do reach;

Stumbling on melons, as I pass,

Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass."

Andrew Marvell, Thoughts in a Garden

My peaches were sparse this year, and if I stumble on anything its probably a garden hose! Oh well, on to fall gardening!