Garden Log: July 23, 2012


Here’s what’s happening in the garden:

Pink Cosmos

As the pale pink cosmos wind down, this bright pink beauty emerged nearby. Could it be the start of a whole new crop?

Flowering annuals

Our tall clay pot is a Hodge-podge of color. A few seeds, a few cell packs and a volunteer or two add up to Snapdragons, Vinca, California Poppies, Begonia, and a couple of Birdhouse Gourds.

Pumpkin Hanging by a Thread

This pumpkin is literally hanging by a thread (see insert). It measures 35 inches in circumference, about 11 inches across.

Acorn-shaped pumpkin

One of the few surviving pumpkin transplants. Its funny shape reminds me of a large acorn. What do you think?

Large Pumpkin

The darling of the pumpkin patch. It measures 52 inches in circumference, about 17 inches across.

Pumpkin Sprout

This ill-fated pumpkin sprout has lost its way. It’s growing in the middle of the lawn, no doubt planted there by a squirrel.

I’m hiding indoors from the hot afternoon sun, but will check on the emerging Lacewings at dusk.

How does your garden grow?


8 thoughts on “Garden Log: July 23, 2012

  1. It’s all looking fantastic Alys! It is such an interesting garden and your pumpkins are something to be proud of. Yes, that is a mighty acorn of a pumpkin! We have random sunflower shoots here and there from the birdseed. It’s always fun to see what pops up as a surprise. Lawn pumpkins for you! I’m off to bed now, 10.30pm, an early night. Enjoy your garden pottering.


  2. That’s a very clever photo layout, love it. I can’t wait to see how big that pumpkin actually gets. I can almost imagine that little squirrel with seed in hand doing his own version of gardening, I hope he gets a BIG one, HA. Stay cool!


  3. I love it when the wildlife helps with the gardening… I found a little sunflower seedling that must have been planted by the birds and it’s fabulous! I’m so pleased that I left it ­čÖé Great pumpkins – I wanted t grow some this year but decided to limit myself for the first year as I usually take too much on and then regret it!


    • I can certainly relate to that! They also say alternating crops from year to year is a good idea anyway, so perhaps next year will be a good time to plant some.

      I’m glad you have an emerging sunflower. It was the same with my cosmos. I didn’t know what they were so left them to grow. Now they are the darling of the garden. Fun!


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