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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Now You See Them - Now You Don't

Remember these critters?  The goldfish in my pond?  They were there on Sunday.  I saw them from the deck when we had a campfire and made s'mores.

Here they are earlier this spring on a rainy day.

And here more recently as fuzzy gold shapes in the water.

As of Tuesday, they were gone.

No goldfish to be seen.

I think the heron I saw last week that landed in my backyard momentarily until I startled it, returned and had its fill. 
 I wonder what the absence of the goldfish will do to our lack of mosquitoes?  On the other hand I won't need to run the hose to fill up the pond when we have had no rain for an extended time.  I wonder how long it will be before the heron returns for the frogs?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Harvest Monday - Mid July

Here's what's come out of my vegetable garden this past week.

Lettuce and cucumbers on the 14th.

Basil, peppers, cucumbers and the first green beans on the 18th.

Cucumbers, green beans, and tomatoes on the 20th.

Now I don't usually pick green tomatoes and I didn't pick these.  I had one tomato plant fall over.  It didn't have its own cage and I thought the cages on either side would be support enough but that wasn't what it wanted.  These 4 green tomatoes came off when I propped it back up and provided support.
The orange tomato wasn't supposed to be picked either, but when I felt it off it came into my hand.  I think it's a Juliette. Hard to know for sure because I planted the Juliette between two paste variety tomatoes and they are looking the same as the Juliette. I don't think it's fully ripe.  There are others that color that I didn't make the mistake of touching.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fairy House Construction and Some Beautiful Blooms

Ever since I put in A's Garden (dedicated to my first granddaughter), I have had a spot to build a fairy house.  Today was the day to do it.  My inspiration for this came from this blog, but mine bears no resemblance to the ones that builder constructed.  This was my very first and likely to be, only attempt at building a fairy house.

Here's A's Garden.

Here's where the fairy house will be built.  This way I don't need to build many walls.

Dan had mortar for me to use and suggested soaking the stones first so they don't absorb all the moisture and dry out the mortar.  There's the door I purchased from The Little Hedge Row.

First I lifted the roof stone and inserted some stones on either side to increase the opening.

The red bucket has the stones soaking.  I used my kneeler pad to access the site.

Here's the side being constructed.

The front wall partially constructed.  I knew I would not be successful if I went with all small stones.

Construction continues.

Almost finished.  Now to find the right small stones to fit in the gaps.

Project completed.  The stone with the hole that had been on top is now a tower on the side.  I gathered stones to make a fence and there's even a stone sculpture by the door.

I had one gap above the door near the roof line so I inserted a piece of mica as a window.

Close up of the door and sculpture.

Close up of the window.

Close up of the tower.

The garden outside the fairy house door.

Completed!  Yeah!  Let's hope it holds up.

Here are the beautiful blooms I promised in the title:

Out front this hibiscus is now blooming.

Look at the size of these blossoms.

Last year I got no blooms because some insect was eating it.  This year I treated it with a systemic insecticide/fertilizer and it is gorgeous.

There are many more buds yet to open.

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