|Within 24 hours of my first sunflower opening, the plants were|
beset by all manner of bright yellow insects and spiders.
Where the heck do the bright yellow bugs go the other 11.5 months
I've spent a ton of time this spring and early summer getting my new garden set up. I think it's basically done. And food's starting to grow. It's wonderful.
My Norland Red Potatoes were getting unruly in my small garden, so I picked about half of them. My total investment in Norland Reds was $4.50 for a pound of seed potatoes. I've picked about $10 worth of big red potatoes and smaller new potatoes off of the first half of the plants. Good haul!
First rule of rainwater drip irrigation fight club: spend dozens of hours setting up the irrigation system under the premise that "in the long run, it will save time because I won't have to water." Second rule of rainwater drip irrigation fight club: turn on irrigation and stand there staring at it, drinking beer, for half an hour, because it's cool.
Jalapenos! Habaneros, bullnose, and mini-bells also started setting fruit last weekend.
Right. So....this picture. I've been growing trumpet creeper vines for years as a way to entice more bees and hummingbirds into our garden. Now that we have more sun, we have very happy, effusively flowering trumpet creeper. That hasn't stopped the problem we've always had with these plants - ants habitually dig into the base of the flower to steal the nectar. See the scars on the flowers above?
I am really looking forward to getting rid of our snowball hydrangea bush after this growing season, but I admit, the flowers look great in the background of the bee balm flowers.
Behold the mighty bee balm - aggregator of helpful pollinators in your garden!