As I walked around Marshview (the name I gave my home and garden) this morning, I spent some time around the last remaining flowers in the garden. The pumpkin flowers were full of bees. Native bumblebees do the best job of fertilizing squash flowers since they are able to vibrate the pollen free. Honeybees cannot do that. Native bees also seemed to be enjoying joe-pye weed and goldenrod flowers. The Russian sage, though not native, was covered in bees as well.
The deer ravaged my rather small kitchen garden so there is not a lot to harvest this year. I stopped by the orchard down the street and the owner said ten percent of their peach crop survived the early hot weather in March followed by killing frosts in April. The apple crop was severely damaged as well. I will be making fewer peach crisps and apple pies this year.
This week I will be doing the final (I hope) weeding of the perennial flower gardens. I do not deadhead the flowers since local and migrating birds feed on the seeds as long as the seeds are available. I have gotten used to rather messy gardens.
That is what is happening at Marshview this last week of August. I think we are in for more of the same weather wise in the coming weeks. Warm day, cool nights, and a rainy day now and again. Perfect weather to enjoy Marshview.
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