DH grows many different varieties of heirloom tomatoes.
Think he has about 120 plants.
Thick black plastic raised bed cover is a winner this year... the thinner red plastic in 2009 was an eye sore and weeds still grew under it.
Now with the thick black plastic... there are NO WEEDS !
We are getting lots of tomatoes,peppers and herbs for meals and gifts.
Decorated 50 cent paper gift bags for goodies.
Not so great in my craftiness like Rosemary with the beautiful cards she makes...
but at least I gave it a quick try with left over ribbons,wooden hearts etc.
Have always loved crafts...maybe it's time to start again.
What to do with a plastic bottle...
More than gifts...
Being new to sun plants...I've learned you can deadhead
these Phlox panicuiata cosmopolitan David Rose and they come back.
Not as full as the first blooms but still pretty good.
Cosmos are annual keepers... bees crossed them a little...good bees !
Hibiscus palustris is still hanging in there but needed to be tied-up after heavy rains.
Even though we dug out the old Trumpet Vine 'Madam Galen' ...you can see at bottom...they won't die!
Keep pulling them out but don't seem to be too successful.
Needed help to ID a few of the new visitors this year.
Thank you gardenweb !
This one is hard to ID....
Northern Broken Dash, Crossline Skipper butterfly or Broadwinged Skipper
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail-male
My husband and I enjoy watching the birds in our garden...most of which are year round.
BUT this one is special...only a few months during the summer.
She and her juvenile came late this year at first I was so sad not to have her resting every morning during the month of June on this crazy home made perch.
But then came the first week of July and they zip in every morning at the break of dawn. Life is good again !