Dear Friends and Gardeners, Week 24 (24???!!!)

No wonder I am tired of gardening. But wait! I’m making a comeback, maybe today and tomorrow only, but a two day respite is better than no respite.

Along with my sound advice channeled via KD Lang, don’t smoke in bed, let me add, don’t research nasty giant stinging creatures just before you go to bed. To wit: this ugly bastard

Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada Killer Wasp

This creature has been swooping around the Lily Pond, scaring the crap out of me. Apparently, mostly harmless, until you read up on it, going through all the flying insect/wasp websites…just before going to bed. Then it will creep you out for HOURS.

Back to the garden. Not much of anything is happening. I have lots of Sungold cherry tomatoes, just like last week. The gold raspberries are starting to make their autumn comeback. I harvested 5 figs. The apples that should be turning red are turning red. I have about a half dozen small green eggplants coming along slowly. That’s it, my friends and fellow gardeners. The rudbeckia Goldstrum looks like its ablaze and it still makes me smile, especially at dusk. Ya know why they painted school buses that color yellow -its a screamer.

My friends who’ve had a better go of their vegetable gardens are bringing me lots of tomatoes. Indy, you could send me some of those green beans. Dee, whatcha got over there, girl?

The artichoke plants have withered and died. They were trampled one too many times by my lovesick springer who dances back and forth along the fence trying to get the attention of the big old blond next door. Her name is Sally and she’s a yellow lab. That’s where I’d planted all my green beans. They came up about 3 or 4 inches and poof! To resolve some of the dog stepping, we’re making plans to do a good sized raised bed (fenced) for veggies next year. I am hoping we could get it built this fall so it would be ready to go in March. But you know what they say about the best laid plans?

Meanwhile, this little burst of coolth, coupled with a gander at the bulb plantings of Jacqueline van der Kloet at the New York Botanical’s Seasonal Walk, has me contemplating the bulb catalogs. I know I swore off bulbs. Just for one year. Yet, here I am, already plotting plotting plotting. Such is the optimism of a gardener.

Until Week 25,
the head gardener at Ranch du Bois

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7 Responses to Dear Friends and Gardeners, Week 24 (24???!!!)

  1. Hey, Mary Ann, there was a cicada killing wasp buzzing around my front yard this morning and I saw where it had dug holes in the lawn to drag cicadas into. Then I saw a dead cicada on the lawn. All very gruesome. I once saw a cicada killing wasp actually attacking a cicada, paralyzing it so it could drag it to its hole. Wanna see? Look if you dare… http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com/2006/08/violence-in-garden.html

    By the way, my sister was stung by one once, so they do sting people every once in a whlie.

    I sure could send you some green beans but I’d rather send you some Serrano peppers because I have WAY more than I could ever use!

  2. Oh, and sleep tight! Don’t let the cicada killers bite (or sting)!

  3. Optimism indeed! No wonder you had bad dreams about that cicada killer. I hate them although I’ve never been stung. Like I told you, they remind me of Terminators always searching for their prey.

    My veggie garden sucks. It just does I’m sick of it.~~Dee

  4. I just wrote about the Cicada Killer on my blog, as well. July and August are the months they’re active, when the Cicadas are, as well. Someone in my neighborhood wanted to call the exterminator, so I published the post to provide some information.

    And most of my encounters with them have been the females with their prey. I rarely see them solo, which are more likely the males defending their territory.

  5. I’d suggest leaving a small dog walk behind the raised bed, so Cash can still visit his friend without trampling plants or injuring himself trying to see her. That way, you’ll both be happy.

  6. Ahh puppy love…great for dogs, not so much for beans! That’s ok, the camel ate mine that I was stupid enough to grow near his fence…Kim

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