Posts Tagged ‘Rose of Sharon’

July on the Farm-2015

I  have to share a few pictures that I have taken around the farm the past several weeks.

Like the rest of you, my garden is producing a bountiful harvest-except for tomatoes.

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Better Boy tomatoes.

I finally picked my first two little ones last evening. I have beautiful vines with lots of green tomatoes hanging on. They are just slow!

I am canning snaps and the okra is just starting to produce.

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We are eating cucumbers and Incredible Sweet Corn.

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The Hales Best cantaloupes are huge. Some critter was in the process of helping himself but I found it just in time. They are large teeth marks but it didn’t not penetrate the skin of the melon.

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I brought this cantaloupe in last evening and it is 10 inches long and 7 inches high.

 

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The twins.

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The family portrait!

IMG_8597The cows were contently grazing in the pasture until we rode out with the golf cart. They had worked their way up to the corner where there is a gate into another pasture.  They thought “daddy” was going to open it and let them in. The video clip tells their displeasure when he didn’t.

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Big Daddy

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Huge, fluffy, magnificent clouds.

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A deer on the pipeline. I never understand why environmental groups complain about pipelines. The gas line is buried deep in the soil. The gas company keeps it mowed. It makes a wonderful place to see, take pictures and yes, even hunt, deer and turkeys as they  pass from the woods on one side to the other.

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Venus shining brightly above the moon.

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The tiny spot on the far right is Jupiter.

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Rose of Sharon bush

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The bees bury their noses into the blossoms sucking up the nectar.

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The butterflies love the Gold-Mound Lantana

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Black-eyed Susans

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Zinna

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August 2013

What a delightful month! When have we ever had green grass to mow in July and August? When has there been plentiful grazing for the cattle all summer? When have we had so many rainy days in the middle of the summer that we almost dare to complain? When would a farmer fret at the end of August because he is still working on the first cutting of hay?

You are right…in the year of our Lord, 2013!

The month in pictures.

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Working and selling some cattle.

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Dozens of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies on the thistle.

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

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Zinnias blooming their hearts out!

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Enjoying the grandkids and golf cart rides.

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Okra, a beautiful flowering plant, producing in abundance.

What vegetable can top fried okra and onions with fresh tomatoes?

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Rose of Sharon bush in full bloom.

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Cattle grazing in the fields.  They seek refuge from the heat in the woods during the day and come out to graze in the late afternoon and evening.

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The flies were really bothering the bull -not like that on the other cows.

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Gene checking on his cattle.

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We have a donkey boarding at the stable. I have been trying to record his braying!

So far no luck but it is a sound like no other!!!  The first time I heard it I wondered, what in the world was that!

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Mushrooms growing in the field.

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Killdeer

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Buckwheat planted in the garden for a cover crop and also for the bees this fall.

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Fall crop of Blue Lake Snaps.

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Looks like we have septic problems!

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Contented, happy bees hard at work!

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A few pretty spots left in my garden!

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Walking in the rain…..this way….

or this way

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There are lots of geese this year grazing in the pastures.

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Up and away…there they go….honking as they go….too many to count and that is only a portion of them. The next group took flight a few seconds later!

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Putting air in the tire on the car.

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Noah measuring his foot against grandpa!

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The dogwood tree in the fall.

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Beautiful skies during the day and also at night….

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They called it “Blue Moon”.

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Fried onions and peppers for brisket sandwiches at the Farmers Market.

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Added funnel cakes to the items we sell.

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Dad Hertzler’s hands…at 95 they are worn and tired….

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but his spirit is still strong!

And my favorite photo for the month…..

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This photo is not altered or trimmed. It is just as I took it and I had no idea I had this keeper!

August has been a good and full month. It has been a delight and now the temperatures are getting cooler and the days shorter.  Fall is coming fast.

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