The Lord sent us some desperately needed rain last night!! What a delight it was to sit at the dinner table and see it suddenly start!! The Lord is good!
"Black Turtle Beans"
The beans have been flowering for several weeks now, and we have just begun to find these seed pods. I'm not sure why we weren't seeing the pods before as they must have been growing for at least a week before we saw them!
Does anyone know how to tell when dry beans are ready to pick? Green beans are one thing, dried beans another.
I also found little ears of corn!!! I can't wait till they are ready to eat!! The fourth of July just wasn't complete without corn on the cob!
"The Melon Patch"
Last year the boys picked a watermelon out of the garden each afternoon and stuck it in the fridge for their after dinner, or before dinner, treat! I'm sure the same will happen this year!
I've noticed that my cosmos plants have had the tops bitten off of them, but I didn't think anything of it as they are planted around a bird feeder and assumed the birds were doing it. Then I took a closer look.....
Momma thinks that the ants are sucking water from the cosmos plants since they are probably the easiest to bore into. With the lack of rain this really makes sense.
Other than the ants in my garden things are going well! As you can see the Gerber Daises and blanket flowers are loving life! I've planted quite a few caladium bulbs in the shady area and am eagerly anticipating their coming up!
I've had to pull up all of my Foxglove as it was dying so I have quite a few bare spots that need filling in. I also cut all of the iris' back since they were turning and dingy shade of brown. So, things look a little bare at this point in time!
The Humming Bird vine is a beautiful green!! I've been unwinding different tendrils to encourage growth all over the trellis.
The Butterfly Garden is doing well too. It seems that the butterflies are beginning to discover this spot as I've seen several different types on the butterfly bush recently. It's hard to catch them still long enough to get a picture!
There is also a hummingbird feeder hanging off of a shepherds hook and I have a pair of hummers visiting frequently!!! They been enjoying the butterfly bush, Hyssop, and verbena as well!!
The bees have claimed the Hyssop as their personal domain!! It's always covered in bees!!
Out at the compost bin the volunteer tomato plants seem to be thriving and make us all laugh as we walk past.
Have a terrific day!