Ozarks Gardening Journal - First half of July
What's everyone been up to?
There's rain in the forecast but I've been out watering plants anyway. I'm skeptical since it's missed me the last few times we had showers.
My first zinnia opened up today, a pretty pale yellow from a volunteer.
My Star Gazer lilies just started blooming this week and a few glads. Also have tall garden phlox blooming and a few cosmos volunteers. Raspberry Delight monarda is still blooming but Jacob Cline looks done.
My butterfly bush is blooming but still not seeing a lot of butterflies, just a few. I chased a beautiful yellow Tiger Swallowtail around and got a few pictures. Also took some pictures of a luna moth that hung around all day on the screen of our storm door yesterday. The kids were thrilled to get to see one up close. They're so pretty.
I picked a couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes today and several handfuls of ground cherries. I'm finding a worm in a few of the ground cherries and not always seeing a worm hole. I won't be able to use whole ground cherries for a pie. I'd have to cut them open first.
I have some melons and watermelons flowering but no melons setting on yet.
My hostas have done well this year. They're bigger than usual. I think the lack of late frost must've been good for them.
The kids and I saw a skunk again yesterday, this time in the neighbor's yard, just before dark. It was wasn't very far away from where we were standing.
We found homes for all but one of the dumped kittens. We still have the black and white male and somehow he's in the house now. The kids didn't want him to be lonely since the others were gone.
Ceresone - Haven't seen you post for several days. Just wanted to let you know I've been thinking of you. Hope you're doing ok.