I don't have much to talk about new in this post, but I had to do a new page because the difference from last week—ten days to be exact— is unbelievable. My annual flower dispay is bursting into bloom, and has grown much bigger as all the flowers migrate out of the greenhouse. I have quite a few more snapdragons nearly ready, and also sunflowers, two varieties.
Inside the greenhouse, the squash plants are huge, and the cucumbers—well, I've never seen so many blossoms! I realize that many of those blosooms are male, so they're not going to produce a fruit, but I also grow a number os gynoecious varieties, meaning that nearly all the blossoms are female. Cool Breeze, which I have really pigged out on, are one such variety. And look at those peppers and eggplants! Compare them to my last post, and look how tiny they were, just ten days ago. My tomatoes are also laden with blossoms, in fact I will be eating tomatoes this month, and selling them soon after. I have sixty varieties this year, all healthy and vibrant.
As I mentioned the last post, there is a massive shift going on here, at least on my farm. Remember, I mentioned the maple tree right in front of my house— practically on my doorstep, really. I was in the greenhouse yesterday, and heard a little crackle. That huge dead chunk had broken loose and fallen. It missed the house and didn't do any damage, in fact, although if it would have fallen on me I would have been squashed to a pulp, it actually isn't heavy. It's really spongy because it had been dead for so long, and it broke into pieces as at fell. Even the biggest chunk I was able to move, because it had fallen right at my porch step across my pathway.
While I truly do believe plants have a spiritual energy, I try not to anthropomorphize, but I swear I am not imagining this. As I looked up at this tree, it was giving out this amazing joyful energy, and all I could hear was "that felt so good, that felt SO GOOD!"
I really thought a couple years ago I would lose this tree. Some borer had gotten inside and was doing serious damage. But, as I said—there is the subtle shift going on and except for that huge chunk, even branches that I thought were totally dead have sent out new shoots and lots of foliage. The woodpeckers also helped clean it up. I see no signs of damage or holes on the main part of the trunk, so it was apparently able to fight off the pests and recover.
Here are some photos for you to enjoy, beginning with the maple tree, first the two biggest sections, the one over a foot in diameter. Next, a view looking up. You can see the dead smaller branches, a few more which will come down, but you can also see braches that have begun to spout new shoots and foliage. I used to climb this tree when I was a kid, by the way.
Next is the annual flower display. In front are portulacas, violas, and lots of different varieties of petunias. Snapdragons, and ageratum are to the left, and four o'clocks to the right, with an old roaster full of allysum. Of course, in front are my gorgeous Hero marigolds. The Durnagos in back of them are just now starting to open. Behind them are the coleus. Look how much they've grown. I have zinnias on both sides.