Lacey’s Garden – Tomatoes, Squash, Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Howdy folks.  It has been a while.  Not too much to report…my garden is growing lush and green.  I think some of the tomato plants are as tall as I am!  I planted fall tomatoes for the first time ever.  So far so good.  I tilled up an area of the yard that had been covered by a brush pile.  I added compost from my compost pile and manure to the soil so they should be happy there. 

I am getting one squash about every four days; though they are starting to produce a little more now.  Still no big ripe tomatoes; the black cherry has been giving one or two ripe ones every week.  Today there were five ripe ones on it for the first time.  Those do not even make it to the table…they are so tasty we eat them immediately!  The girls found the watermelons that are coming on; Clara is very excited about them. 

We have had some of the most beautiful butterflies visiting- swallowtails of all colors. Whenever I run out there with the camera, they fly off, so no pics yet.   I do have a photo of a swallowtail caterpillar that ate up all my dill (which is one of the reasons I planted dill).  Hummingbirds have been showing up, too, after the bee balm.  Yesterday, one hummingbird flew within 3 feet of my oldest daughter while she stood quietly in delight watching it.  It was not afraid of her at all.  It was a marvelous thing to see and share with her.  And all because of our garden!

I have a few different volunteers coming up and I am going to leave them to see what’s what.  One is a pumpkin and the other is either a squash or a cucumber.

I hope all of you are receiving a bounty of goodness from your gardens. 

ripe blackcherry tomato  vigorous tatume squash

bean blossoms and zinnias  feathery looking sunflower

garden fairies  gourd blossom

swallowtail caterpillar on dill weed  the girls  checking the watermelon

the girls finding new watermelons  vining gourds and zinnias

volunteer near the compost pile  volunteer pumpkin plant

One Response to “Lacey’s Garden – Tomatoes, Squash, Butterflies and Hummingbirds”

  • Carol Parks:

    I liked your picture of the feathery sunflower! Are you going to save the seeds and try for some more? Of course the little garden fairies are my favorites!
    I sure hope all the first time gardeners do not get discouraged. This was not a wonderful year for gardens at all. Our first planting of corn did not fill out good. The last planting was like it always was before – wonderful & tasty! The peas did not make as many as expected so a lot of orders did not get filled! Love ya’ll! Mom & Grandma