Yesterday morning . I opened the curtains in the kitchen to see …. rain!! Yea … I can go and play in my craft room today! But .. as usual .. the rains stopped .. I went outside with JaneE Kat and spent some time wandering around the yard. Graceful droplets of rain on the sunflowers ..
Not sure if there will be any squash from these plants, today is the first of September, but in the garden, you just never know. This strong flower promises sturdy squash ..
Annie Jackson Pole Beans … the first of many .. .. growing in clumps of 3 beans ..
… and groups of 2 beans ..
Dainty flower of the Annie J beans ..
Scarlet Red Runner flowers ..
And the S R R beans growing away .. this one is a little out of focus ..and I had only noticed this one and now I see a few others in the background. Surprise beans .. the best kind.
A little bit of sunshine created this subtle bit of leaf art ..light and shadow .. both are powerful and necessary for contrast. Can’t have one without the other (as the song goes)
This Buddleia is a cutting from an original plant. It struggled to grow in a shaded yard, reaching up to the sun, flowering at the top. I took a cutting and planted it in the sun and oh my .. did it grow! This plant towered in the back corner, it grew so big and flowered so much that the main stem couldn’t bear the weight so it broke in half. I pruned it to the ground in the spring and just a few months later .. it grew to 5 feet tall, thrived and burst into flower. Nectar for the butterflies and Annas. I will definitely prune this soon, so it won’t become too invasive for the other plants in this spot.
Another Buddleia … the Swallowtail butterflies just love this one and that is why I hadn’t pruned it in the spring. As a result, it crowded out all the other plants with negative results so I really had to prune it quite extensively. There were still many flowers for the butterflies though and I see that the one stem that remained had also burst into flowers. I know that the Buddleias are considered invasive in some areas but aren’t a problem in my yard.
Tomatillo plants growing in a few areas of the yard … from plants grown years ago. I know that I won’t get the fruit this year but can’t bear to just pull up the plants. Much nicer to let them grow as long as they want to. The flowers are so pretty.
The leafcutter bees have been industrious as usual. I actually saw one a few years ago. Buzz .. buzz and then it was gone. I’ve had Mason Bees for a few years and quite enjoyed the process of caring for them. Unfortunately, my last batch of them weren’t strong enough to break through their cocoons so only a few males hatched. I purchased more from a garden store, but same thing happened. So I decided to just go with Ma Nature and it turns out there are many bees in the yard. The Leafcutters in particular are very hard workers.
Love the flowers of my favourite bean .. 2 colours .. do the flowers start out yellow and end up white or are there 2 different colours?? The allure and mystery of the bean world.
A tiny patch of Cherokee Trail of Tears beans. There is still a month of warm weather and I have every confidence that there will be a heavy crop of these beans plus a few pods for seeds for next summer! Dainty little flowers.
And yet again, the daily crop of Spanish Musica beans ..
Such a variety of sunflowers throughout the sunny areas of the yard .. always cheerful and inspirational …
Darling little JaneE kat .. taking a break from her sump-pump showers and demands for her treats!
Finally .. after weeks of hot sunny weather .. a day that started out with rain. This meant I could run to my crafts room and play with my beads and wire. As any crafter is well aware .. what starts out as a tidy work area soon becomes a muddled (creative) mess of beads as I try out one idea after another. Lately I haven’t had much time to organize so yesterday I took advantage of the rain to do just that thing.
I have talked with other creative souls and this is the norm. Plus it is kind of meditational to re-organize things like wire, findings, beads, etc., into a sense of order. Labelling containers, rearranging the pegboard. All the time .. ideas are swirling away in the subconscious which will manifest themselves at a later time.
Time spent also leafing through my old violin books .. re-reading yet again how to hold the left hand without a stranglehold grip. Playing the fingering movements .. remembering that it takes time and lots of practice and remembering that again and again.
A busy day and a fun one .. always!