Lammas Day

In the old agricultural calendar, August 1st was known as Lammas Day and it marked the start of the harvest season. To celebrate the event, I am posting a selection of photos from my own garden, taken during the time since I last posted.

A view of my garden from around mid-July

Okra beginning to form

First harvest, around mid-July

Ornamental corn

A bloom on the potted hibiscus which spends the summers living on the back patio

Another day’s harvest

I planted this crepe myrtle in the front yard a few years ago.

It’s been a hot summer here in central Oklahoma. This is the display from my backyard weather station. The actual temperature is in the upper right corner, the “heat index” is displayed near the middle of the screen.

Another day’s harvest

Nothing says high summer like deep blue skies, white clouds, ripening corn and sunflower blooms

A more recent view of the garden

I made a small batch of pickled okra for the first time this year

I planted a few pie pumpkin seeds among the corn and so far one is coming along nicely.

This watermelon is actually a “volunteer” plant (I did not plant it on purpose). It just sprouted on it’s own last spring and I’ve let it go ever since.

Ripening ears of ornamental corn

That’s it for now! Watch for updates on my 2018 Almanack & Garden Journal! As usual, I plan to release it over the Labor Day weekend, in early September.

Summer Solstice 2017

It’s the summer solstice, and the longest day of the year. So I thought I would mark the occasion by updating the page with some new photos of the vegetable and flower gardens:

Okra, melons and corn are in the nearest garden bed. Cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes are in the middle bed, and corn, sunflowers and beans are in the far bed.

Another view of the vegetable garden

The front yard flower beds. I mostly grow zinnias and marigolds, since they do so well in our hot climate.

I have a few volunteer pansies and violas growing in the flower beds. I keep potted plants of these types out here over the winter, and sometimes their seeds sprout the following summer.

The crepe myrtle started blooming this week too

Later this summer I will be posting updates about my 2018 Almanack and Garden Journal, so be watching for them!

June 2017

The gardening work continues, and a lot has happened in a short amount of time:

One of two patches of Ornamental Corn

The tomatoes are growing nicely!

Bean patch. For some reason, a strip right down the middle did not sprout

Pepper plants, surrounded by lots of Marigolds!

Sunflowers, interspaced with some Zinnias

The front sidewalk flower bed

My backyard weather station

A pair of robins nested in the rose bush and hatched 2 chicks

When the robin chicks left the nest, the cats became very interested

Spring 2017 Update

Here are a few photos from my spring gardening activities. Nothing in the vegetable garden yet, it’s still a bit early in the season for that because everything I am planning is hot weather. However, there’s been a lot going on in the flower garden beds. I suffered a minor setback when a pocket gopher showed up, but that problem was dealt with.

It was a very mild winter and early spring, so the daffodils bloomed very early. These are the descendants of some daffodils that were growing at a rental house I lived in back in the ’90s. When I moved out I dug a few of the bulbs and took them with me. Those spent about 6 years growing at my mother’s place while I lived in an apartment and then I dug those bulbs and planted them here in 2009.

I now just purchase flower seedlings, rather than trying to start my own. I have found that I have much better luck that way, the ones I start indoors always have a hard time making the adjustment when I put them outside.

I lost some of these flower seedlings when a pocket gopher turned up in the yard. After resolving that problem, I had to replace the plants it had eaten down to nothing.

Here are some of the seed packets I ordered for this year.

I did start a couple of the Bullnose pepper seeds, here they are coming along nicely. I put them outside whenever possible, so hopefully they will adapt well when they get transplanted outdoors.

Winter Plowing 2017

The weather was so mild this weekend, I completed what I refer to as the “winter plowing”. In other words, I turned over my garden beds and added some composted manure to the soil. I actually started over the Christmas holiday break, but have only just now completed the work.
Turning the soil

Smoothing the soil, breaking up clumps

Adding the composted manure

Meanwhile, in my flower beds, my daffodils are already coming up. We’ve had a mostly mild winter so far, so it’s not surprising. However, now I will have to be careful to cover them if we are expecting to get any kind of frozen precipitation. I have learned from experience that the daffodils can handle cold, but not ice.

Mid-July Garden Update

It’s been a big month for the garden, here are some photos to illustrate!


Everything is growing well

20160714_183238A volunteer watermelon which I decided to just let wander where it wants

Blossoms on the bean plants


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Volunteer zinnias which I transplanted into one spot in the flower bed.20160716_132026

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We made a batch of pickles today!

Independence Holiday Flooding

This actually occurred on July 3rd, but our Independence Day celebrations were in full swing. The weather had been hot and dry all day, but late in the afternoon the sky clouded up and soon it began to rain. We got about 2″ of rain in an hour, and the local drainage system could not keep up. So, just like during the Spring of 2015, the streets and my yard partially flooded. Here are a few photos:

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Fortunately, once the rain stopped the excess water quickly drained off. But it’s always a nervous time for us when this sort of thing occurs because you never know just how high the water is going to go.