Here is it nearly mid-July and our garden is reaching it's peak. Before things start to go downhill with all the heat we're having (96 today, 100 yesterday, but dry), I thought I would show you some of the progress.
This is the west side of the yard where Mr. Squash has the bulk of his tomatoes and his precious Marigolds. There are 5 tomato plants here but they're getting so bushy it's getting hard to tell them apart! On either end are my semi- dwarf apple trees (Honeycrisp & Ginger Gold), but they won't begin producing for another year or two. There is also a potato tower in the back, a trumpet vine on the fence which has yet to bloom, and an espaliered pear.
We had a late hailstorm and lost most of the pears save for several Red Bartletts which you see here. There is a yellow Bartlett up top that I didn't photograph.
This plant grows on a trellis on the other side of the fence, but it was so bright I couldn't get a good photo. It creeps through the fence to the other side and we just let it continue to creep!
The fuschias in the window box out front are blooming. Couldn't be prettier for a north facing box!
This part of the yard has been an experiment for me. I'm trying out different textured and colored perennials. Mr. Squash had to sneak in some dwarf zinnias, too.
Here is our blueberry patch. All the bushes (even the new immature ones) are loaded! Mr. Squash goes out every other morning and picks them fresh for our cereal and some yummy desserts!
The grapes are coming along nicely! If you click on the photo you can see how big they're getting!
This Hollyhock finally bloomed. We have several but this is the only one to bloom so far.
You can tell how hot and dry it is from this photo. The Echinacea are doing really well and look much better than the picture shows.Right next door is a dwarf Buddleia davidii or commonly called Butterfly Bush. I got it mail order as a tiny plant 2 years ago. Look at it go! The proof is in the pudding, too, as we are seeing lots of butterflies right now!
Check out my rhubarb! It will go through the entire summer! Anyone want to come over and pick some? Lettuce is behind it. I already picked the garlic to the left so only 2 lonely pepper plants are left.
Some things are doing better than others this year - namely the carrots which take up an entire box!
A look at some of the perennials. Wish I had shown you these a few weeks ago - the blooms were incredible.
Check it out - we are finally getting green beans! I plan to pickle some this year!
Here is Mr. Squash with his new, battery operated squirrel gun! The little buggers go after the grape vines and the maple tree bark, not to mention the strawberries!
Any time we see one, he gets ready, aims, and can fire nearly a 20 foot stream of water! It's fun to see them go running. Lately, however, they sometimes just sit and cackle at him because of the heat! The water actually cools them off and they come back for more!