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Lemon Fruit & Flowers, Summer 2014

The (only) fruit that my lemon tree set while it was indoors last winter has grown considerably and is now getting ripe. At about 2.75 inch (70 mm) diameter and over 3 inches (76 mm) long, it’s probably the largest … Continue reading

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Morning Glory & Bees

First, the morning glory vines I transplanted are doing well, climbing and flowering on the bamboo poles I tied to the railing.  When I moved them, the soil they were growing in was so dry that it crumbled.  I essentially … Continue reading

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Why didn’t we harvest any cherries this year?

Usually, we would have picked the fruit from my pie cherry tree (Prunus cerasus ‘north star’) by this time.  This year, however, there were so few cherries on the tree that I didn’t bother to cover it with bird netting. … Continue reading

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Purple Azaleas, Lightning, and Bumblebees

When lightning struck one of my honey locust trees last September, it traveled down the trunk, dug a furrow through the turf to the water supply valve, and apparently followed the water line to the house.  On its way, it … Continue reading

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Summer Flowers 05

These flowers bloomed in my gardens in the second half of August.  Can summer already be coming to an end? the last to bloom of my hostas “Volunteer” cosmos came up last fall in a pot in which cosmos ‘cosmic yellow’ … Continue reading

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Summer Flowers 04

Here’s a selection of flowers that bloomed during the first half of August. This is a perennial sunflower.  The flowers are much smaller than what the annual sunflowers produce, but there are many flowers per plant and of course they … Continue reading

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Bees

Bees are important to anyone growing vegetables, fruit, etc. as pollinators.  I like to see bees visiting flowers on my vegetables, flowers, and fruit, and have shared several photos of them in my garden.  For more about bees, check out this … Continue reading

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Summer Flowers 03

This is the third installment of photos of summer flowers.  You might want to see my two posts with photos of spring flowers as well.  Here’s what’s blooming in my yard in mid-summer. Roses are one of the few perennials … Continue reading

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Summer Flowers 02

These lilies were planted by the previous owners. The spirea also was planted before we moved to our house. Hydrangea ‘endless summer’ blooms for a long time. Blue flowers are produced by plants growing in soil with an acidic pH … Continue reading

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Flowering Milkweed

The common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a wildflower that is native to most of North America.  Plants of the milkweed genus are the only food that caterpillars of the monarch butterfly will eat.  Milkweed contains toxins that accumulate in the caterpillars and … Continue reading

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