Monday, September 15, 2008

Late Summer



Here's a late summer update of my garden...The bees have appreciated the sunflower blooms I have in the garden. Some of the plants look nice and others look a little worn.

Here the bumblebee is sharing with the smaller bees.


A pretty shot of the ornamental.


A giant edible sunflower...


The head is large and heavy on this plant. In the background you can see the 13 foot tall reaching to the sky.


Swiss chard is still growing just fine.


Our prized spaghetti squash - well it's our only one of note right now.


What do you know, my stunted cucumbers do have some fruit!


This is strange - we have June bearing strawberries and there are few scattered berries for the fall.


We obtained two varieties of rhubarb early in the summer. Next year we should have a good harvest. Not sure which will taste better...I like the red look better.


The parsley and basil...the dog and puppy couldn't resist getting in a shot. Dakota is a very nice big sister to our new miniature Dachshund puppy (10 weeks old) in the lower right.


A strip of marigolds that worked out.


The aster is just starting to bloom...


Some things are still waiting...


Here's a shot of my "hidden" sedum...


This plant is past it's prime, but I always like it in bloom and it has great leaves.


Well that's my update...seems that this time of the year is my slow blog season (well lazy blog season). Thanks!

10 comments:

Beth said...

Hi Chris - my ligularia looks about the same - pretty ragged. Something has been eating the leaves something terrible. Has that happened with yours.
Cute photo of your dogs - even if it was just a tail!

ChrisND said...

Hi Beth...I missed that you posted a photo of your ligularia...that's what it is. Mine has a few holes in the leaves, but not too bad.

I will have to put a better photo of the little one sometime.

perennialgardener said...

Hi Chris! I like the burgundy ornamental sunflower, it's very striking. Looks like your veggies are doing okay for this time of the year. The red stemmed rhubard is nice looking. My grandparents love rhubard, it's hard to find down south. Your new puppy from what I can see of her or him is cute and Dakota is a gorgeous dog. Looks like your garden is winding down some like mine. It's that time of the year when things are starting to get tired & worn out.

ChrisND said...

PG, I remember a big three of "fruits" we always had growing up: strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb. Next year we should have a crop of each - yey! September is wind down time here...I am expecting one or two late bloomers and debating when to mow down some sections.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I like the sunflowers too. I had two kinds of yellow this year--both from birdseed the birds dropped. Next year I want to try other colors like yours.
Marnie

ChrisND said...

Hi, Marnie...I guess the ones from birdseed are easiest to grow! We've had those before too. The ornamental ones can make a nice show.

Q said...

Dear Chris,
Your sunflowers still look so pretty. Mine are becoming Gold Finch food. Your herbs look good. Will you harvest them?
I am ready to put the garden sto rest for the year. I do have ideas for 2009...more food for the butterflies.
Sherry

ChrisND said...

Hey Q, I may harvest some herbs and do some trimming - otherwise it's mostly for the "wildlife" and aesthetics. I like your ideas for 2009! Definitely on my list to get some more host plants.

Cheryl said...

What a great post Chris...so full of colour and detail......I love the shots of the sunflowers, stunning....

I am a dog lover....gosh your dog is so gorgeous.....could not see the new puppy very well.....bet he is so cute.....

Lovely to see your garden....by the way veggies look great.....

ChrisND said...

Hi Cheryl, I might have to try roasting some of the sunflower seeds this year - and leave the rest to the birds.

Dogs are great companions...sounds like I need to put up a proper photo of the little one :-)