Six on Saturday, July 7, 2018

I’ve been pretty frustrated with my computer, and with WordPress, and have all but given up on trying to post anything else here because I’ve had such a hard time doing it, but I thought I would try this one more time because I really have enjoyed reading other people’s pictures and posts on Saturday about their gardens, all linked at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/

So here goes.

We had a big rain tonight, and afterwards I ran outside just before dark to take pictures. I figured with all the technical difficulties I’ve been having it would certainly be Saturday before I figured out how to post any of them, and sure enough, it’s 2:10 a.m. Saturday morning already and I’m just now going to try uploading some. (I’ve been working on this since about 9:00 p.m.)

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  1. This little guy is the first gulf fritillary caterpillar I have seen so far this year. He’s crawling on the leaf of a passionflower vine (maybe I’ll get some nice pictures of those flowers another time), which is the preferred food for this caterpillar. That’s why I let the vines take over my entire side yard and driveway every year, and in a good year I will end up hosting hundreds and hundreds of gulf fritillary butterflies. I’m hoping this will be a good year for them.

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2. The blueberries are just beginning to become tinged with color – what’s left of them. As predicted, birds of all kinds are eating them as fast as they turn any shade of pink.

 

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3. Elderberries up by the street are hanging low over the sidewalk heavy with clusters of tiny fruits – again, none of which I expect to harvest for my own use. The birds will eat all of these berries immediately. But if we’re lucky they’ll also spread the seeds wherever they fly (and poop), thus helping to build our urban orchard.

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4. This is asparagus. It’s really hot here already, in the 90s most days, but this photo of rainy asparagus fronds looks like snow and ice to me, and makes me cool just looking at it! I’d better go grab a sweater!

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5. The fennel has flowered and I think it’s one of the more beautiful flowers in the garden. Fennel leaves also feed swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, so I let our patch of perennial fennel grow to take up about half a 4×10′ bed. It’s a beautiful plant and smells terrific just about all year long.

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6. This is the one fruit that I DO expect to be eating, in another few weeks. We have two very large fig trees, this one that bears yellow figs, at the front of the garden, and one that bears dark red figs at the back of the garden. Although the birds and the squirrels (and the neighbors) harvest an ample share of the fruit, these trees produce so much fruit that there should be plenty for everyone. I’m looking forward to it.

11 thoughts on “Six on Saturday, July 7, 2018”

  1. All those rain soaked plants! Seems an age since we had any (it was 6 days ago) and I’m tired of watering. You’re very generous with sharing your fruit, I figure if I put in the work to grow it, I want to eat it. Most of mine is in a fruit cage.

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  2. We are supposed to get yet another storm late tonight! Sometimes I do feel a little jealous of the crops I plant, when I don’t get to reap the harvest myself. Mostly when a neighbor digs my garlic out of the ground before it’s even ripe, or picks my precious lima beans just before they have filled out enough for me to harvest them myself. When it’s a wild animal eating from a tree, though, especially a bird, I feel much more lenient. I actually planted the native plums and the blueberries and elderberries, hoping to encourage birds to nest close to the garden so that they would help out with pest control. If there’s not enough fruit for me, too, I must not have enough fruit trees, is the way I have to look at it. I’m not going to fight the birds; I’ll just have to plant more. Only problem is that I have such a tiny amount of land available where I live now. Someday I hope to have acreage.

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    1. Thanks! It could stop at any time of course. I heard yesterday that in one day (Friday) we received the same amount of rain we ordinarily get during the entire month of July. They have lifted drought restrictions that were in place for so many years that it seemed permanent. We’ll see what happens next. Fingers crossed for everyone.

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  3. I’m a little confused as to why your neighbours harvest your fruit & veg. Your human neighbours, I mean. Love it that you plant to help the wildlife population, especially that you know what to plant to get some gorgeous butterflies in the garden. I always consider the birds, but haven’t really researched the butterflies. Like many gardens on this side of the pond, I’ve not had as many butterflies this year. Worth the effort to educate myself. So glad you battled WordPress one last time to bring us this week’s SoS. Enjoyed it!

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    1. Hi, Lora, good question! My garden is in an urban area with lots of foot traffic and it has been a community garden for most of its life. Unfortunately to some people, “community garden” means we are growing free food for the community, something we have never done. When the garden was very active with lots of members, this wasn’t a problem because members were usually around to explain how things really worked, and to invite people in to participate and thus earn a share of whatever was ripe for harvest. At the present time there are no other active members, so occasionally I notice that drop-by visitors have helped themselves to some produce. Sometimes I can tell who it was (if a former member, for instance), sometimes not. This, as well as a steady daily stream of trash dropped and dumped by pedestrians and car drivers, are simply part of urban gardening. Fences don’t help. In fact, a community garden I formerly belonged to here had a far worse theft problem, inside their tall locked fence. I think the fence and lock created the appearance of something inside being extremely valuable, well worth stealing. We don’t have a fence.

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    2. Oh, as far as WordPress goes, I’m just not very technologically savvy! I bought a new computer a few months ago and am having a really hard time adjusting to Windows 10. None of my old picture processing programs are working with it, and I can’t learn the new ones well enough to have any fun with photography yet. I’m so disappointed. In a very short time, I filled up all the storage space WordPress was allowing me for free, so now I have to go back and learn how to resize the photos on some program or another. It’s slow going. But nobody else’s fault.

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      1. I think both Fred & Mr Propagator have recently been faced w/the same issue of running out of space, so may have tips. As to communal gardening, I think that would take some getting used to. If the option is not to garden, tho, well then, I’d get used to it. Thanks for the explanation.

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      2. I’m gradually switching over to a garden of mostly herbs and flowers instead of vegetables, now that I’m going it alone. Most people can’t even recognize the herbs and are put off by the bees. Smile.

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    1. Thanks so much! I’ve had to find a separate program that will help me resize my images before uploading them, and at some point I’ll have to go back and repost everything I’ve already got on my site after resizing those images, because I had already maxed out on the space WordPress allows for free! In just a very short time! My biggest problem is learning to use my new computer and Windows 10; even just uploading pictures from my camera is a tremendous chore now. But I’m hoping that with time it will get better! Does anyone pay for their subscription here, I wonder? I don’t want to!

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