So many of you have commented to say that you enjoy seeing photos of our Squash House gardens. Now that summer is in full swing, I thought I would take you on another tour.
The other day I was tending to this bed of peas when I noticed this lovely volunteer! See the pink petunia in the back? I only grew petunias once and that was several years ago on the opposite side of the yard. Not sure where this one came from, but I'm happy to see her!
We have alyssum all along the back side of the Squash House beneath my tea roses. Check out the snapdragon I saw the other evening! It appears to have been there a while as there are quite a few spent buds to the right. Something else I've never grown in our yard!
We also have a lot of "friends" this time of year. See the honey bees on the bird bath getting a little sippa? I see them every evening when I change the water in the bird bath.
Click on this photo to enlarge it. Just where the three fences meet is Mr. Squirrel. He comes over every morning to show us his peanut of the day! He likes to chatter at Mr. Squash as he picks blueberries and tell him how proud he is to have a whole peanut!
Look at the birdhouse gourd! There are actually three plants on this trellis and quite a few little gourd-lets!
Here is a closeup of one I took on Friday. Three days later it is triple this size.
There is another trellis with one gourd and several cucumbers to the left. This one gets more shade so there may or may not be gourds, but it's very pretty nevertheless.
The echinacea is in fine form!
Check out this hydrangea! The blooms are not fully open yet, either. To the right is a European Cranberry. Soon the berries will be a bright red.
You can see how the berries are beginning their transformation. After the leaves go, the berries will hang on until next spring when the Cedar Waxwings arrive to have them for dinner for several days.
I love this little garden of bits and bobs. Oh, look - Mr. Elf has made an appearance!
Love this unusual clematis and the bee balm to the left is just getting ready to bloom.
Our Kiwi is coming through the other side of the fence to highlight the barn quilt!
Back of the house.
Back of the house at another angle. Mr. Squash ripped up all the alyssum last year including roots as it had gotten too dense. Didn't seem to phase it at all as it came back again all on its own.
The Autumn Splendor Sedum is getting ready for a Fall showcase with full blueberry bushes in the background.
We asked our lawn/trimming fellow to take off the lower branches of the Yew bushes on the left. Stray cats have used it as a hiding place to catch birds while they're on the feeder. I really like the artistic quality of the exposed branches!
We couldn't help ourselves and planted Alyssum under the Western Redbud this year.
Even though summer has been here less than a month, we are in an unusual heat wave. Check out the outside humidity on the upper right! For a while it was even down to 6%. Today and for up to a week we are supposed to be in triple digits.
Thanks for taking another stroll around the garden with me!