Two More Beds Tidied Up For Winter

 

I was able to get out one more day before October came to an end to do some yardening.

The marigolds were removed from the south bedroom window bed.

 

It was then raked out for the winter.

I did not rake out all the leaves now I will do a more thorough job in the spring.

 

I now moved over to the west bedroom window bed.

I was getting ready to pull the few marigold plants in the corner when I spied this little bloomer.

He is a cute little Johnny- jump-up.

 

He had a green friend you can see in the back ground. So I took a photo of him too.

 

Here they are together in same photo.

 

This is the west bed after all marigolds had been removed.

I did not rake out the leaves. I left them to provide mulch for the Johnny-jump-ups and the alyssum.

I feared if I removed it the little guys would all just die from the chilly nights.

As of November 6th they are all still green and blooming.

 

A nice close up of the alyssum with a photo bombing box elder bug.

And Now back to Our Regular October Weather

 

The weather has decided it will be a bit more seasonable. I have been able to get a few things done in the yard and garden area.

I was able to roll up a couple of garden hoses.

 

The flowers are all done for now. I think they may have actually made it a bit longer if they had not been covered with that heavy wet snow earlier.

 

Even so a couple of petunias were still green and had a flower. They were still green as of yesterday(October 25). The alyssum was and is still green and flowering. It is a tough little plant. Its seed survived a whole year before sprouting late this year. Now it just wants to keep going.  😀

 

Even though the temperature got down to 16 degrees a couple of nights these hearty bugs came back in force when the temperature got back up to near 70’s. This is a typical October occurance, the swarming of the box elder bugs. This was a mild swarming this day. They can sometimes be in groups of 20 or more all over the outside walls.

They are everywhere and get in the house. It gives Little Kitty something to chase around the house. She will bap them around, pick them up in her mouth, discover they taste awful and spit them out. Then repeat the whole process when she forgets how awful they taste.

 

The other task I was able to complete was getting the gladiolus bulbs dug up and ready for winter storage.

 

You may have notice the leaves in the flower beds. I plan to leave them on the wild flowers and petunias until spring. I did it that way last year and all the petunias and cosmos that self seeded came up this spring. Nature’s free mulch.

I will clean out the marigolds though. They seem to do fine with out a mulching if they self seed. I know this because the little buggers pop up everywhere the next spring, even outside the beds in bare spots in the grass.  😀

I Think I Know What Some of My Wildflowers Are Now

And New Flower Photos for The Week Ending September 15, 2018

 

David bought some more boxes of the wildflower mix so I was able to get the names of the flowers in it. I had to take to the internets to find the common names as the scientific names were given on the box.

These are  Calendula Officinalis -pot marigolds .

 

These little yellow and orange ones are Coreopsis Tinctoria – golden tickseed.

 

The ones I was calling impatiens were actually a poppy variety.

The smaller ones are Papaver Rhoeas – common, rose, corn field, flander’s or red poppy.

 

The larger poppies are Eschscholzia californica– california poppy.

 

These are Rudbeckia Hirta – black-eyed Susan which are in the sunflower family.

 

This late bloomer was Cynoglussum Amabile – Chinese forget-me-not or hound’s-tongue.

 

The other late bloomer was Delphinium Consolida – forking,rocket or field larkspur.

 

I had no problem identifying the cosmos or the bachelor buttons. The tiny white flowers you see in a lot of the photos turned out to be baby’s breath.

 

The new flower photos for the week ending September 15, 2018.

I Found Some Late Bloomers, Big Leaves, A Bee, A Beetle, Patterns, Peppers, and Plums

 

 

I was out watering the flowers on August 31 when I noticed two different patches of purple and a patch of small blue flowers down low among the taller flowers’ greenery. I got down for a closer look, they were all new varieties that had not bloomed before. So the next day I took out my camera to get these photos.

 

My coleus, Cleo is doing so awesome. She has gotten so tall and look how huge her leaves are! I took these photos showing the size and the beautiful tricolor of her leaves.

I don’t know if I will be able to bring her into the house this year, I don’t think I have a pot big enough. I wonder if I cut her down close to the ground and mulch her really good if she would survive the winter ? Oh, and then put an empty wall o’ water around that. Any other suggestions would be helpful.  😀

 

Sully asked to go out on Wednesday(September 5th). I got my garden jacket on and put the garden scissors and camera in the pocket. I put his harness on him and out the door we went on this cool morning. As I was going down the deck steps I noticed a nice bloom of the white with pink trim cosmos. I got my camera out and ready, by that time the flower had a visitor on it. What luck, I had tried to get a photo of a bumble bee on the flowers the other day but she was a bit flighty in the warm afternoon. This was a nice cool morning so she was a bit slow. I was able to get pretty close. I tried to get one more really super close but I must have touched her with the lens, so she flew away. I didn’t bother her again when she landed again. I don’t need an angry be wanting to sting me.

 

 

I was walking over to the east shed bed to pick some peppers when I noticed this in the corner of the bed. The other gladiolus canes were finished weeks ago. I thought this one might cane, but was not positive as it was small and skinny.

 

I continued over to the pepper plants, I began moving leaves around looking for peppers. I was expecting to find two peppers that were ready to pick. I was surprised to find three more.

 

Sully was all settled by the deck so I went over and turned on the water hose to begin watering. I was just about to start when I noticed this sitting on a marigold. I am pretty sure he is not a beneficial bug to the garden. I believe he is some kind of pine beetle.

After doing some research on the internets I was able to determine that it is a Monochamus notatus, the northeastern pine sawyer or notable sawyer. I was correct that they can be a pest. It is not surprising to find them around our area, we do have the Nebraska National Forest all around us. The information below was provided by Wikipedia.

Monochamus is a genus of longhorn beetles found throughout the world. They are commonly known as sawyer beetles or sawyers, as their larvae bore into dead or dying trees, especially conifers[1] such as pines. They are the type genus of the Monochamini, a tribe in the huge long-horned beetle subfamily Lamiinae, but typically included in the Lamiini today.

If sawyer beetles infect freshly cut pine logs, they can cause a 30–40% loss in value due to the tunnels their larvae bore. It’s important to process logs within a few weeks of cutting or store them in water to minimize damage.[2] Some species are known to transport phoretic Bursaphelenchus nematodes, including B. xylophilus which causes pine wilt disease.[3]

 

After noticing the beetle, I started noticing some really cool patterns in many of the other marigolds. I took these photos of the more dramatic ones.

 

Do you remember that bunch of asylum that surprised me in the west bedroom window flower bed? Well it is finally blooming now. It is just full of these tiny white flowers.

 

The wild plums that grow along some of fence line with the horse pasture have produce a good crop this year. The bushes along the county road and the top of the driveway are just bursting with plums. This is just a small bush that grows outside the back door of the house.

I was able to lean over the fence to pick this one that was within my reach. You can see here they are not as big or the same colors as the commercial kind you buy in a store. I don’t think they are good for just eating right off the bush. They are probably more suited for jam or jelly.

A Few Favorite Flower Photos for the Week Ending August 9th

 

I took several photos this week, I will just highlight a few of my favorites here. The rest can be seen in the PHOTOS  tab’s  drop down menu at the top of my blog.

 

My green bell pepper plants are finally flowering won’t be long for the peppers to follow!

 

The marigolds in the junk pile have really taken off.

I love taking close-ups of them. Each one is so different.

 

Cleo flowers have started to bloom. The first shots were blurry or you could not see them because of the stuff in the background. Later I got a piece of purple construction paper and held it behind the flowers. I think this helped to see the detail of the flowers.

 

There was this poppy with another bud hanging above it.

 

As well as this very large poppy.

 

This cute little pink impatiens trimmed in white.

 

One of the last gladiolus a yellow with orange center.

 There are just two more canes left to bloom.

 

 

There were some creatures in the flowers this week too.

A plump little bumble bee.

 

A grand daddy long leg or harvest man spider.

 

And this furry creature laying in the catnip jungle just taking it all in.