Gingers have become a favorite of mine, they're so easy. They return faithfully every year, need little water. My Pine Cone gingers are located in a spot that is not covered by our irrigation system, they survive just on rainfall.
The cones will be all pretty and red next month.
The vegetable garden is a different story, the beans and cucumbers are still demanding water. The tomato bushes look terrible. I threatened to pull them a couple weeks ago, but somehow they keep producing a few good tomatoes, and I keep giving them a reprieve.
The Cow Horn okra is over my head and producing like crazy. Why I started a new stand of Clemson Spineless okra, I don't know. I just couldn't stand seeing a bare spot, after we pulled the corn. I have so enjoyed gardening in my new raised beds this year, the composted beds have made such a difference. Just a few short weeks ago, this is what my vegetable garden looked like.
Beans, and more beans. While we're here in the veggies, I'll show you where my garden is situated on the property. Our lot is 100' x 320', and our house is just about in the middle. Our home is facing south and we are bordered in the back by a canal, leading out to a small lake. Our irrigation pump is fed by the lake, a very big blessing. This is looking out my vegetable garden gate, toward the house.
The veggie garden is in the very back corner and the canal is right behind it.
Canal, looking over the back garden fence.
Gazebo at the end of the dock.
Looking south again, toward my garden shop and house.
The water, as it always does, brings all kinds of wildlife around. In May of this year, I saw something that I had not seen in the 19 years that we've lived here. Sandhill Cranes are common around our neighborhood, in and out of yards, up and down the cul-de-sac, but I had never seen them in the water. I'm probably the only person in the world that didn't know they swim...
A beautiful family.
Once we saw them, they came by every afternoon for awhile, and I always intended to get some better photos.
Since this post has been such a mixed bag, I'll end with the random gifts my garden so graciously gives to me. Beauty, that I could not design...
A small coleus seeded in a beautiful mossy rock.
Beautiful ferns, freely given.
Another 'lovely', self-seeded.
Random acts of kindness.
Pot, decorated by nature. Hope you are all having a great week!