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
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.
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
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.
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.
The 2017 Almanack & Garden Journal is now available! Just click the tab at the top to get to the download page.
My 2017 Almanack & Garden Journal is on schedule to be released over the Labor Day weekend, which is my traditional publish date. You should be able to download it in about another month! Here’s the draft of the January 2017 page.
It’s been a big month for the garden, here are some photos to illustrate!
Everything is growing well
A volunteer watermelon which I decided to just let wander where it wants
Blossoms on the bean plants
Ears are starting to form on the ornamental corn
Moon as seen through the corn plants
Volunteer zinnias which I transplanted into one spot in the flower bed.
Profusion Orange Zinnias
State Fair Zinnias
Okra and Jalapenos
Cucumbers from the garden
We made a batch of pickles today!
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:
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.