Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gifts To and From

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' 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


Silver-spotted 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 !


  1. I can't believe all the tomato plants! It must be fun to have such a huge selection. Our tomatoes are so behind this year, I'm hoping we get a few.
    The butterflies are so pretty and so glad you're seeing the hummingbird. They are so fun to watch. It looks like she's looking up at something.

  2. Patsi; Love your bags! How nice your DH garden looks and how nice to get all the veggies to share. Terrific pics of the butterflies and hummie.

  3. Hi Patsi, I always go to gardenweb for butterfly ID's too:) Love the color of your phlox.

    I'm glad you posted about the red vinyl. I had always used black but for a while everyone was talking about studies from some university that claimed the red was better.

  4. Beautiful butterfly photos ~ and a great photo of the hummingbird. I love the hummingbirds and watch them daily at our feeder.


  5. I'm new to your blog, wow you have a lovely garden! Your Tomatoes look delicious and juicy! Very nice Butterfly photos. Have a great weekend :)

  6. Tomatoes... Yum! How lucky you are! I am suffering looking at my great green plants without any fruit... This is the first year when we don't have tomatoes in the beginning of August.
    Your flowers are so pretty, Patsi! The bags are lovely! And the last picture is beautiful. Love it!

  7. Wow, that's a lot of maters. Your flowers still look great and the wildlife shows it. Happy gardening.

  8. Gosh all those tomatoes are so good looking! I even think the plastic looks good and makes it all neat and tidy. Never thought I'd say that. I have to agree with you so much life is good. It is even better when you can notice the small things like you do. Great shots of the butterflies. They are so clear and perfect! I wish I could ID more but I am very bad at this. You take care and fingers crossed you get some rain.

  9. Congrats to Hubby & you for your stunning crop of maters! They look really healthy and prolific. Great butterfly shots, hope someone is able to help with the id on that skipper. :)

  10. I started the summer with one package of Cosmo's...bright orange. Thanks to the bees I now have all shades between yellow and bright orange. They have really added color to my yard and are still going strong.


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