|Clearing the rest of this section of lawn.|
Digging grass...After putting it off for some time now, I finally finished removing the lawn in front of the shed. I started removing this part of the lawn last fall when I planted the coreopsis. My post on fall seedlings shows the beginning of this project.
It's not an easy task to rip up well-established turfgrass, but I was side-tracked numerous times.
I'll plant some more wildflowers in the area near the coreopsis, but this is a major traffic area for gardening work, so I'll add a thick layer of chips to form a wide access path. I'll probably add more containers as well. More on this project later. But here were some of my distractions:
|A green darner dragonfly with a large meal--a moth eaten.||Poison ivy next to the rain barrel platform. It was probably deposited by a bird sitting on the platform with a nice dollop of fertilizer.|
|You can't see me...||...not me either.|
|Ooh look, a skipper butterfly... I think I'll walk down to the lake.||I wrote about our slump area repair and I thought I had cleaned out the invasive wild taro, but no... Another item on my ever expanding to-do list. :-) Maybe I'll see something interesting down by the lake when I tackle it.|
|Planting the walking onion scapes.|
Last year, my walking onions were dying out after 5 or 6 years in one location, so I moved what was left of them to my herb garden. I rinsed the bulbs totally clean before planting them and I have not harvested any of their leaves. This spring they produced some scapes with groups of new bulbs. I divided them so I could plant the single bublets. This fall, I'll divide the adult plants to further expand the crop. Then I'll start cutting the leaves again. I will mulch the area with pine needles this week before the weeds come.
A revisit to a roadside meadow in Putnam County
|In May this scene was yellow with tickseed, now it's mostly red with blanket flowers. The farmer's flowers have been made into hay.|
|A blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella) hosts a wasp killer.|
|Storm's a-comin' at a roadside meadow in Putnam county.|
|A painted lady butterfly visits the black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia mollis) in that same roadside meadow.|
A Jacksonville sunrise
|A subtle sunrise over the St Johns River with a pink seashore mallow coordinating with the show.|
|The moonflowers fade at sunrise, while the mallows are ready to welcome its daytime pollinators.|
Closer to home...
|The summer sky is fantastic this year. What you can't see in this photo are all the bees and wasps working the cabbage palm flowers. There must have been a hundred or more. This is across the street and a good place to take sky photos without wires.|
|Our front pond a few years ago. Looking from our end of the pond toward the neighbor's end. I have replaced the turfgrass that grew right down to the edge of the pond with a buffer zone of mostly native plants.|
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