Hell-o everyone. I hope you are all enjoying this time of year as much as I am. We've raked up a ton of oak leaves this week, so the shade beds are running over with good, free mulch. We've also put out several yards of pine bark mulch. I planted my vegetable garden...string beans, peppers, cucumbers, several varieties of squash, carrots, radishes, okra, etc. I sat out my tomatoes that I started from seed, and also some Romaine.
I planted 21 tomato plants in all, some in boxes along the fenced garden, a few inside the fenced area, and the rest in a new garden area.
This is what they looked like a few weeks ago. I don't know that they're any better than buying plants uptown, but it's just a satisfying feeling growing them from seed.
Onions, tomatoes in the background, and my new Passion Vine on the inside of the garden.
I love saving seeds from the garden, like this okra...it's been hanging in my garden shop since last fall. It only takes one pod to plant an entire garden. This is the 'Cow Horn' variety.
So, I'm saving flowers for a later post...today is birds again. There are a pair of Osprey building a nest on my neighbor's antennae, when chicks arrive I'll post a photo.
The other cool thing happening now is we have two pairs of Wood Ducks nesting in our boxes. These two were roaming around the yard, looking all pretty.
Spring 2013, before I was blogging, we got to see the little ones emerge from this box. The next three photos were taken in 2013, with my old camera. They nest here every year, but we have never been lucky enough to see them come out again. My husband just happened to be in the yard when the mother flew in and called her chicks out. I grabbed my camera and was lucky just to see the last one bailing out of the box. The whole thing only lasted five minutes, so you can see why the event can easily be missed.
Beating a hasty retreat to the water with her ten ducklings.
And away they go...
This is the box the other pair uses.
He is so perfect...he looks like a decoy.
Gray Catbird, male.
Last one, I promise - Brown Thrasher.
Happy gardening during this most lovely time of year.