This dear bumble was either asleep or drunk on pollen.
What's in Bloom Updates
Starting with the Natives:
American Germander in my front yard prairie
Beebalm- makes my yard smell spicy on a warm and humid day.
Grey- headed Coneflower
And now for some non-natives
Speckled Balsam- reminds me of Great Aunt Mary
Black and Blue Salvia (overwinters in my basement)
Browalia- easy from seed
Dwarf Canna- at the back door (overwintered the roots)
Moody Blues Nigella- aka Love in a Mist
What's to Eat?
First broccoli- Purple Sprouting
First Summer Squashes
A volunteer Acorn Squash!
Black Mission Figs
Note: if you don't get these first the ants will. Wow- melt in your mouth yumminess.
I have had some cherry tomatoes, but you won't see them pictured since I ate them in the garden.
Still Growing: Updates
It's working! No Flea Beetles. 100% Organic Eggplant. Finally.
And now for: Yay for Free Crap!
I went rock harvesting along a nearby roadcut.
And made some new edging for a bed. Just a little exercise sans the gym membership.
Very cool rocks with lots of fossils, iron and quarts.
Other Projects: Propagation
Because I'm cheap (oh, you didn't know?) I bought an aluminum food dish at the dollar store to use as a propagator or mini-greenhouse. It maintains a high humidity needed for starting new plants from cuttings.
In my "propagator" I have ajuga (left) and Lamium (right). So far so good.
Sedum cutting update: 100% success rate so far:
Tomato plants have some fruits, but the plants seem delayed in growth. My guess is the lack of moisture. Likewise, my cucumbers are sitting there with 1-2 leaves on them and hating life. The apples seem more productive than ever. What drops the squirrels and chickens are munching on. Still harvesting lots of greens and sharing them with the chickens. They seem partial to the Tronchuda Leafing Cabbage. I have some garlic scapes I need to do something with.
That's about it from me for this week. Here's a closing full-garden photo.