I only have the two kinds of four-o-clocks –white and these pink ones. They are better at opening in the morning than in the afternoon. The sunflowers are really lovely right now. And there is a very happy bee.
It is the very end of august and the tomatoes are really starting to come on now. I had lovely tomato sandwiches –sliced tomatoes on toast with mayonnaise. And the roses are having another round of blooms. This white bush rose is really blooming and the pink rose in the front has new flowers.
The vastness of the skies in south dakota continue to impress me. Here are some recent pictures of skies and a picture of Minnie because she was being extra cute.
Here are some pictures of happy kitties as the weather acts like it might start to turn to a bit cooler… it hasn’t really turned yet, but there is that slight feeling in the air.
The white flowers in the garden are generally doing the best of the blooms, but there are also many pinks and lavenders. I usually think there will be many yellow and orange blooms at this time of year and the rudbeckia are still blooming and there are some lilies, but the garden isn’t overwhelmed with yellow.
I put some plants together in this bed near the street and the pink four o clock is doing really well. The cosmos in this bed isn’t blooming yet. That is feverfew on the right, which looks worse in the picture than it does in life. It is a bit past its best.
In this picture above this four o clock is growing in a little raised space in the middle of this bed. The Love Lies Bleeding on the right is doing well; the eggplant in the front of the photo are not really producing that much yet.
That might be the perfect August trio: kitties lounging on grass in the heat, amaranth getting top heavy with its reddish purple heads, and the lush, unbeatable tomatoes.
Above is Martin Frobisher (here is a post on his naming) and below is Sidney.
The crunchy grass is also a part of August. Below is Tiglet, being busy as he usually is.
He did stop to have a look, and below is just so you don’t miss the Tiglet / Tiger staring out of those eyes. This throwback to a wild look is particularly amusing with him because is the sweetest softest cat.
These cherokee purple tomatoes are an heirloom variety (what a friend in London tells me is called heritage there). They are so beautiful and flavorful and a distinctive flavor. I like the flavor a lot –but the color is what really gets me. The greener ones here are not quite ripe. Yum.
The zinnias are a nice spot of color next to some tomato plants and the marigolds are planted primarily in with the potatoes to ward off bugs. I have other taller marigolds that are coming later and should be blooming in September –they are in with the roma tomato plants. I like both of these flowers a lot –they are old fashioned standards.
Look at that lovely bit of spider web…. that must have been a fun trail for that spider to spin.
When I look out the kitchen window (while I am washing my dishes), I get to look at these sunflowers. Last year I had made a wigwam / tipi of old sunflowers, amaranth, broom corn and everything else I thought the birds would like. Of course it re-seeded and I decided to leave it. It has been lovely and I think I will keep it next year. I also feel less badly about having bird-enticing things on the north side of the house since the cats spend most of their time on the south side of the house.
And I have begun some pickling and canning. I bought 10 pounds of beets from a gardener down the road and canned them. I’ve canned them completely plain –not pickled. I like them in salads and soups in the winter.
I canned some chickpeas when I did the beets –since I had a little space in the canner for some extra jars. These are bread and butter pickles.
I had a lovely time watching a hummingbird this morning but have no pictures of it. The blooms are vibrant in the morning light, but everything is starting to get to that point where it might tip over the edge of the august sloping downward. This begonia is doing well outside, we will see if I can keep it alive over the winter this year.
This gorgeous airy plant is a Rocky Mountain Bee Balm. There is a bee on the other side of this bloom above.
This white blooming hosta above is really beautiful. Below is the red amaranth with the seed just starting to show. I wish I liked the taste of it better than I do. It isn’t bad, but I think it tastes too much like dirt (or “earthy” as a friend of mine more politely calls it).
The hostas are blooming and the bees love them. My bee pictures are not good. I will try to get better ones… but the blur of activity is a little appropriate. I also have this lovely lavender phlox that showed up alongside the peonies this year. I am not sure where this came from, but it is lovely.