Nature’s bounty

It has been a  wonderful summer here in Vermont.  We’ve had lots of sunshine, plenty of rain, warm days and no deer (or other varmints) , and all that adds up to excellent garden production.  Everything is producing well.  Most of our beets are good sized and yummy.  The tomatoes are covered with ripening fruit, even the full sized ones that typically haven’t done that well.  Our single planting of green beans has produced tender pods consistently for weeks.  Zucchini and yellow squash plants are huge and producing well.

But perhaps the most exciting crop for us is the corn.  We have never grown corn before; I’ve always been put off by the challenge to grow full ears in a tiny plot.  Even after a strong wind blew all the plants over, we were able to prop them up and they now stand straight and tall.  We have two varieties, mostly because we ran out of seeds and couldn’t find the same kind to finish the plot. That is probably good because they have two maturation rates, one sooner than the other.  The first ones are coming in now and the ears are sweet and young.  It will be another week or two for the other variety to mature.

Flowers in deck pots and the garden are lovely as well.  Some zinnias are adding vibrant color and the Fritillaries are enjoying the Ligularia that is in full bloom.

And what is that lurking in the parsley?  Look, it’s a black swallowtail caterpillar.  As far as I’m concerned, he can eat as much parsley as he wants.


1 Response to “Nature’s bounty”

  1. 1 Norma August 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Lynne. Your garden looks amazing!

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