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Sorry – bad about posting lately. Busy, I suppose. I got outside and did some deadheading today and planted one of my double coneflowers. I tried to plant the rest of the stuff left, but the ground is just too frigging hard. It did rain today later on, so maybe that helped. But I told my hubby that he’s going to have to help me plant them the next weekend he’s off, because I just can’t do it! I am very bad at digging holes. Had fun last night, though – got to go out with a bunch of friends to celebrate bdays at The Pub (yes, it is called “The Pub,” I’m not just being fancy). And with that night ends the crazy month and few days of birthdays!

Pub

Pub

I plan on getting out this week and getting some updated pics of my veggie garden. In the mean-time, here is the load for CSA week 4 (my half). I am LOVING the white cucumbers, and the crazy green striped squash is yummy! Also kind of excited to try the white eggplant – I haven’t liked them when I’ve had them in the past, but I really WANT to like them – so we’ll see.

CSA Week 4

CSA Week 4

Between the CSA and my garden, I have a LOT of tomatoes right now. I still have this many, plus another quart container I picked today. Time for more salsa, I suppose. I’m proud of my hubby, though – he has never liked tomatoes (likes them in sauce and stuff). Lately he’s been trying them! I actually used to not like them (the goo freaked me out) and I still pretty much never eat them when they aren’t bright red and fresh, so I get where he’s coming from. But it’ll be MUCH easier to use them if he likes them in things besides salsa and sauce!

tomatoes

tomatoes

I rarely see monarchs at my house – usually it’s the blue and black butterflies. So when I saw this guy, I ran and got the camera. He likes the zinnias (as do the other butterflies). I have one gigantic zinnia in the veggie garden that a goldfinch likes, too! They pick off the petals, but that’s OK with me. Now if he could only find his way to the other side of the house where the finch feeder is…hmm. My hubby says he’s been there all week long. Yay!

monarch on zinnia

monarch on zinnia


monarch on zinnia

monarch on zinnia


monarch on zinnia

monarch on zinnia

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mardi gras helenium - I really need to cut a few of these to enjoy now that its taken off.

mardi gras helenium - I really need to cut a few of these to enjoy now that it has more blooms.

anyone have a guess at what this mystery heirloom tomato may be?

anyone have a guess at what this mystery heirloom tomato may be?

First of all, if you haven’t done so yet, enter my contest!!

OK, now that that’s out of the way…Happy Bloom Day! I missed the last bloom day because I was in Hawaii (!!!), so lots of fun updates. Today I bought some coreopsis (moonbeam, limerock ruby, and a variageated 2-tone one I forget the name of). I used 2 to fill in some spots where I planted the carnations a bit far apart and to cover up the fading carnation blooms (foliage is nice all year). Hopefully this pairing will work out. The third one went in a pot that will soon be featured in the “my fave pots” series.

I also moved a few herbs that had been potted into the place where I pulled the bolted lettuce, and finally pulled the pansies in the front beside the steps – replaced them with some orange gazanias and dusty miller (we’ll see if I like it). So here’s the list, more or less…

Blooming:

  • asiatic lilies
  • easter lilies (about damn time!)
  • coreopsis
  • stella d’oro daylilies
  • fragrant returns daylilies
  • happy returns daylilies
  • harlequin flower (but I have yet to see one in full bloom – do they bloom and fade all in one day??)
  • mardi gras helenium
  • arizona sun gaillardia
  • all the annuals, or course
  • spirea
  • huecheras
  • spiderwort (sweet kate and standard)
  • the mystery pink rose
  • a few dianthus still

About to bloom:

  • hostas
  • white, pink, and red coneflower
  • rudbeckia – black eyed susan, cappucino, cherry brandy
  • sunshine helenium
  • frans hals and mystery dayliles

Has baby veggies:

  • cayenne peppers
  • banana peppers
  • roma tomatoes
  • big boy tomatoes
  • 100 super sweet cherry tomatoes
  • mystery heirloom tomato #1
  • royal burgundy bush beans

Has flowers but no real veggies yet: (all the rest)

  • jalapeno peppers
  • 5 other mystery heirlooms
caught this butterfly all polleny. know what kind he is? blue - I see a lot of them.

caught this butterfly all polleny. know what kind he is? blue - I see a lot of them.

stupid squirrel broke off my first coneflower bloom and didn't even have the decency to eat it!

stupid squirrel broke off my first coneflower bloom and didn't even have the decency to eat it!

the veggie garden a couple days ago

the veggie garden a couple days ago

terra cotta million bells - i like the oddly patterned ones

terra cotta million bells - i like the oddly patterned ones

fuzzy rudbeckia cherry brandy bud

fuzzy rudbeckia cherry brandy bud

the pansies' last hurrah - they got replaced today

the pansies' last hurrah - they got replaced today

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