The hummers are dancing among the Honeysuckle and Monarda and just now and then trying the feeders. I wish I could catch them with my camera but they seem to know when the camera is on hand and flit away.
Funny, because one was flashing back and forth in front of my door this morning telling me something. It wasn't that the two feeders were empty (filled them yesterday) but that ants had gathered on one of them. They don't like the ants. So I refilled with fresh to make her happy. She's a very intelligent bird.
In the garden today, the tomatoes are ripening but slowly and I found cucumbers beginning to form.
Above is my Spacemaster in a pot. The bees have been busy here so little fruits are forming at last.
Here's another cuke on the same plant. As you can see, there's a problem with the Japanese beetles eating the leaves. Its always an ongoing fight against them every summer.
Among the tomatoes I bagged to save seeds, this one is Li'l Pink with its red yarn tag so I know from which tomatoes to save seeds. This plant is potato leaf instead of the usual saw-tooth edges. I've never tried one of these, so I'll have to see about size and taste before I bother to save any seeds.
This is Mountain Gold tagged for seeds as well.
Red Zebra is another tagged for seeds. This one I know I love. It has great flavor and is my favorite tomato.
This is my Lily, Starlight Express crowded among the tomatoes and the peonies this year, but still looking so pretty.
I hope others in New England are having good things from their gardens. I limited myself in what I planted this year so I don't have much to report. I can say the sugar snap peas are about done. I think I picked only a half dozen today and the vines are browning a lot. I'll be pulling them out in a few days.
The Asparagus has tall, lovely ferns after being productive earlier this year. The Brussels sprouts and the Kalettes have a long way to go. I hope for some success there. The Winterbor Kale is thick and lovely and the Herbs are doing well; Rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley (2 kinds), basil, sage and oregano. I find that herbs are easy. They require less care since they only need about half the water of regular crops.
I'm having trouble with my African Marigolds. They are looking horrid with dark brown patches across the yellow blossoms. I've never grown these before so don't know the reason nor the answer to that.
I'm off to make a fresh tomato salad.