Daily Archives: July 26, 2015

What’s Growing Around Here

Since July is coming to a close and it was a perfect day for taking photos (overcast) I wanted to capture some images of what is growing around our house.  I spend very little time in the garden these days, so what is growing has started up by itself with little or no help from me.

Our apple tree has quite a few apples, but sadly they seem to be dropping before they can ripen.  I don’t think we will get any this year.  Last year for the first time in 6 seasons, we had some for eating.  I wrote about it here.

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The yellow jacket wasps will be very happy.  They love the fruit.

The maple tree has these beautifully colored “helicopters”.

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A bit of leaf lettuce is growing in clay pots.  My daughter started some seeds for a biology experiment and this was extra.  We couldn’t throw it out, so we put it into a couple of pots and hope to enjoy a salad soon.

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My husband and daughter went to the greenhouse and purchased some beautiful herbs.  Here is a dwarf purple basil and an orange mint.

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I dried some jalapeño seeds (I eat LOTS and LOTS of jalapeños) and planted them as an experiment.  Do you see the baby jalapeño?  I have four plants growing and they are still in shallow containers.  I REALLY need to take 20 minutes out of my day and get these poor little plants into deeper pots, nothing too big though.  I want to be able to bring them inside and keep them going under florescent lights when it starts to get cold.

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And here are cantaloupe plants that started out in our compost pile from cantaloupe seeds that came from a grocery store melon.  I dug up a few and planted them in the sun near the house.  I hope they have a chance to turn into ripe fruit before it gets cold.

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The violas, pinks, and lobelia reseed every year without any help from me.

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My hanging baskets that my husband and daughter planted for me on Mother’s Day are doing quite well.  Aren’t the flowers colorful?

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So, that’s it for out and around the house at the end of July.  It was nice to get out today and observe nature even if it was only for a short while before I came in and got to work on my new project.  Unlike the apples on our tree, the apples in this print are looking quite delectable.  Hope you all had a great weekend!

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