Late August

This was supposed to be the post for August but things sometimes move a little too quickly here. It’s already October and trees are starting to show fall colors. So this will be a look back into what our summer was like.

I was finally able to get some decent photos of the cranefly orchids we have growing in our yard. The flowers are so small and they are hard to get into focus because the slightest breeze sets them swaying. The flowers last only a week or two. It’s autumn so the single leaf for each plant has emerged. It will be green all winter until May when it will wither. And then in mid-summer the flower spire appears.

While working in the garden one day Molly started taking photos of insects on the plants growing there. The zinnias were particularly attractive to a range of insects.

A neighbor gave Molly some seeds for tomatoes, Striped Roman, and they did really well in the garden, producing sweet fruit with unusual coloration.

The cats help us slow down, leave our busy minds, and settle to relax in this beautiful world. Molly has lunch outside unless it’s too cold or raining. Like this time, usually Kitty Boy and Willow join her.

The cats have their own favorite spots which shift during the year. In the summer the covers for the cisterns are always popular. This is Grey and Kitty Boy napping on the small cistern near the house.

Tansy joined us last year. She appeared out of the woods almost starved, not full grown, and friendly. Once she started to get some meat on her bones she began having some personality problems with the other cats, but that’s mostly gone now. She has the same coloring and shape of head as the kittens’ mother, though is not as large.

Into June

In the last post I showed the berry patch in full bloom. That was in late May. In early June berries have started to form.

The branches are heavy with raspberries. Here’s a closer shot.

The berries will be ripe in early July.

Outside the Garden Fence

It’s spring and there Molly has been busy getting the garden ready, removing honeysuckle from the fence, and planting. Outside of the garden fence is a slightly different spring. The woods surrounding the garden are green again and filled with songbirds.

There isn’t a clearly defined edge between garden area and woods. Often the grass diminishes, plants and bushes appear. Sometimes there is a pine log that forms, for a space, a kind of boundary. This is looking southwest, toward where the large pines grow that shade our solar panels in winter for part of the day.

The garden area space between garden fence and woods isn’t regular. There are islands of growth. There is a huge mass of raspberry bushes just south of the garden fence. The bushes are filled with blooms and there will be berries for the birds and us in early July.