July 14th, 2010

For the last month or so I’ve been busy with things that have nothing to do with gardening, but the season marches on whether I garden and write about it or not. What follows is a feeble attempt to catch up on the writing.

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) is blooming. (This deserves its own post and a better photo.)

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens)

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens)

Stink Bugs are ruining my tomatoes.

On the other hand, I picked 6 or 7 ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’ tomatoes this morning and they were fine (and delicious as always).

Salpiglossis will grow in Virginia.

Salpiglossis 'Kew Blue'

Salpiglossis 'Kew Blue'

Squash Vine Borers are ruining my zucchini.

We will have more okra this year than last.

‘Aji Crystal’ peppers have great flavor, but not much heat (so far).

I think I picked the first Hungarian Almapaprika peppers too soon because they didn’t have much flavor and the seeds look very immature. Maybe they’re only used ripe and dried?

Wish I knew the identity of these huge trumpet-shaped mushrooms in the woods.

Huge Mushroom

Huge mushroom; at least 6 inches in diameter.

Hummingbirds adore Bat-faced Cuphea flowers.

Zinnia ‘Carousel Mix’ gives you some flowers that look like ‘Zowie Yellow Flame’ at a fraction of the cost.

Zinnia 'Carousel Mix'

Zinnia 'Carousel Mix' (this is just one of several colors)

Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness’ is blooming for the second time this year.

It might be true that petunias repel bean beetles.

‘Fin de Bagnol’ beans have very tough strings.

I moved the RRP birdbath to Tangled Branches South and the bluebirds were very appreciative during the recent heat wave. (Robinson Ransbottom Pottery went out of business in 2005.)

Bluebird on RRP Birdbath

Bluebird on Robinson Ransbottom Pottery Birdbath

I saw a Great Crested Flycatcher this afternoon.

The garlic is ready to dig, the Yellow Moon Dutch shallots are ready to dig, and the red onions from sets are almost ready to dig.

The first bin of German Butterball potatoes didn’t amount to much because the soil was too dry. Still tasty.

I ♥ dragonflies and I photographed a new one this afternoon.

Bar-winged Skimmer (Libellula axilena)

Bar-winged Skimmer (Libellula axilena)

The spouse wasn’t home for dinner tonight, so the first pepper and egg sandwich of the year was all mine.

8 Responses to “One-Liners”

  1. Helen says:

    Sounds like there is a lot going on in your garden, even if you dont have time to be in it much!

  2. Oh my, I adore that salpiglossis! I think I still have seeds purchased a few years ago that I never started, because I was intimidated by all of the instructions. Did you buy yours, or go through starting them from seed?

    • entangled says:

      I started them from seed (from Chiltern, but I think I’ve seen Kew Blue seeds elsewhere). Starting them wasn’t that hard – a lot like petunias. I planned to write a post about them, just because they’re said to dislike hot weather and therefore ought not to grow in a Virginia summer. But……ta da!

  3. Man… I should have given them a shot! I just checked the packet and it says that they were packed for 2007. But I *might* just go ahead and try them next year anyway. (By the way, they were Royal/Royale Chocolate:

    • entangled says:

      Ooh, I like that one too. Maybe next year. I’m planning to try a packet of mixed colors next year too. But I wonder if there is a difference in heat tolerance between varieties, because I noticed that Annie’s Annuals mentioned that Kew Blue will bloom all summer if deadheaded. I might have had beginner’s luck in choosing the most heat tolerant one?

  4. wendy says:

    I like your one-liners. Lots going on – great and annoying (stink bugs and vine borers!)

    Love that salpiglossis. Gorgeous. And that birdbath is really great – looks even better with the matching bluebird enjoying his dip in the pool.

    • entangled says:

      Incredibly, the salpiglossis is still blooming. The next few days are going to be rough – close to 100 and no rain forecast.

      I should take a picture of the goldfinches in the blue birdbath for contrast.

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