Friday, August 24, 2012

Alright, you can have the pumpkin

But please leave the ligularia alone. They're still in bloom.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oh deer

It shouldn’t have been a surprise to us that we have deer in our yard every day.  We followed the check list for the wildlife habitat certificate. The more visitors the better, once you open the door everybody’s welcome.  We have enough plants in the yard that if a few get eaten; we’re the only people who notice.
What is surprising is that Bambi or Thumper, or Sneezy (I get my movie characters confused) visit during the day while Pat and I are relaxing in the yard.

Bob eventually saw the deer and started barking. Fred joined in because as always, he thought the house was under attack. The deer figured it was time to leave.

Friday, August 10, 2012

can't get fresher than this

It was pouring rain when Pat and I went to the Ohio CityFarm Stand.  We’ve been going there weekly since it opened last year. Check out the link. It tells the story much better than I can.  Imagine our chagrin when the farm stand window was closed. Sean, the farm's manager, had told us that as long as someone was there, he would pick for us.  The benefits of being one of the regulars is a cool thing.  The vegetables we got were literally on the plant till they were picked for us.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

the garden is happy

It’s rained twice in the last two weeks.  Between the rain and our watering, we have kept the garden in remarkable shape. I can’t say the same about the pots on the deck. No matter how much we watered, the deck pots never took off, so that’s the last I’ll mention them.
The hibiscus plants (or is it hibisci) and all the various rudbeckia have never been bigger.  The beds we built last year need thinning. We’ll use the extras to fill in the beds we built this spring.  Who would have thought that the beds would fill in so fast? It’s got to be that fine Ohio product, sweet peet.
The back yard is awash with all kinds of bees and butterflies. They literally cover the marsh milkweed and ligularia. You can hear them flying around the yard. A patch of rudbeckia has popped up that we had given up for dead. The rabbits eat them year after year. That’s why we moved the few we had left to the front yard. This spring we over seeded what was left of the yard with a clover mix, the clover took and now we see rabbits eating clover at all times of the day.
People at work sometimes look askew when I tell them that my favorite thing to do at home is sit in the back yard. A couple of my colleagues came over to work on curriculum. We worked outside and then they understood.

 I've always wondered where all my hosta flowers went. Now I know. They must be tasty.
 I am hoping that the clover will eventually overwhelm the grass.