Monday, August 7, 2017

Garden Update

It is turning into a productive season.  I have enjoyed cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and herbs for my efforts.  Right now, I have one pumpkin that seems to grow larger everyday and two watermelons.  It is fun to watch these plants grow and produce.
Cherry tomatoes
Tomatoes and cucumbers fresh from the garden
Sugar Baby Watermelon
The watermelon needs about 20 more days before it will be ripe.  It takes patience but I am determined to eat this one.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bee's Eye View

If you were a bee flying over my garden this summer, this is what you would see besides vegetables.  I have some pots filled with petunias and coleus as well as beautiful blooms on the rose bushes.  Maybe worth a stop.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Garden

I was very hesitant to plant my flowers and vegetables too early this year.  My instincts were right.  We had a hard frost the third week in May.  The leaves on my grape vine were hit and destroyed.  Luckily plants are pretty resilient and the grape vine is filled with leaves and developing grape clusters.  My plants are looking very good.  Here are a few snaps of my garden.
Pumpkins for the fall
Cherry and grape tomatoes

These are just a few vegetables that I planted this year.  I will share my flowers as well as more vegetables and herbs in a future post.  My family has always had a garden and my mom processed 1000 jars of food for the winter.  Late July and August was filled with canning.  My family also planted acres of potatoes to sell in the fall.  As a toddler, I remember being in the fields for harvest.  I am sure I was more trouble than help.  Now I plant a potato to bring good fortunate to my small garden.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bees are Buzzing

Saturday found us in the mountains enjoying the last of the snow, wildflowers, and various shades of green.  A late afternoon-early evening walk produced a different view of an area we traverse regularly in the morning.  Every yellow flower we approached had a buzz to it.  Yes, it was time to make some wildflower honey.  Below are some photos of those making this productive sound.
Pollen is visible.
This photo offers lots of detail - not actual size of bee.

 The large patches of these yellow flowers, continuously hummed while we stopped for a snack and water.  Each bee moved strategically from one flower to the next in search of food.  Their productivity went beyond the conventional stop at a grocery store.

I think the yellow flower is Dyer's Wood which is a weed found in the mountains of this area.

Me and the bees hope you have a productive week!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Visitor - Lazuli Bunting

The bird feeder has been pretty busy this spring.  This Lazuli Bunting was spotted twice in May.

This bunting is a North American song bird named for the bright blue that is similar to lapis lazuli, a gemstone.  The male carries the blue while the female has much more brown and grey.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

One Last Look at Winter

About 2 weeks ago, around May 18, we experienced one last day of winter.  The evening temperatures dipped down to 24 degrees and there were forecasts of precipitation.  When we woke, the songbirds and doves were making us aware of the change.
We warmed up some sugar water and filled the feeder with seeds.  As the sun rose out of the East, the flock was filling up for the day ahead.
This area of the western U.S. is home to a variety of songbirds.  It is also a fly way from north to south (and vice-versa) due to the Great Salt Lake.  Even though these are not clearest photos, you can enjoy the bright yellow and orange that some birds bring to our garden.  Here are photos of the Western Tanager and Bullock's Oriole.

I wish my grape vine had been as resilient at these beautiful birds.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May Flowers & Bees

Today we walked about 6 miles up in the mountains.  At the 8000 ft. level and higher there was still snow but at about 6000 level, snow was gone and early flowers were in bloom.  We came upon a wild apple tree that was loaded with blooms and bees.
The bumblebee is right in the middle enjoying these apple blossoms.
As we moved up the path, we saw numerous flowers displaying various shades of yellow and blue.
Early yellow.
Light blue with mix of green.

We came upon the start of a new beaver dam.  Lots of energy in cutting down 2 and 3 inch aspen to dam the stream in 3 places.  We watched a dam progress last year with constant cameos from the builder.  It will be interesting to see what happens with this one since this stream disappears after the snow has finished melting.

A lovely walk with the promise of many more to come this summer!  Regardless of how many times I hear the buzz of the bees, I always find it welcoming.