Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Stroll-August 10, 2008

Welcome to my Sunday Stroll. As I told Nan today, my garden has been sort of disappointing this summer. What I'm starting to realize is that we just have more shade, so I need to move some plants around and find them their correct amount of sun, if possible, or plant a few new varieties.

It's another breezy day here, so the phlox were dancing around, sharing their fabulous scent.

The black-eyed susans are always faithful bloomers, and don't seem to mind what weather or garden pests we are enduring at the moment.
I had a chance to talk to my neighbor about his pumpkins today. He's starting get quite a few visitors to the garden. Everyone is so fascinated by the pumpkin's progress!

He told me he shades them from the sun, not only to keep the skins soft (so they can put on 15-20 lbs. a day without splitting), but to keep the fruit dry and avoid fungal diseases.

So, here they are.


This one had some extra protection, because the vine was being watered

To see who else is strolling today, visit The Quiet Country House.

12 comments:

Chile said...

I just can't get over that amount of growth per day! Thanks for the pretty pictures, Joyce.

Joyce said...

It is unbelievable, isn't it? Thanks!

Rose said...

Those are definitely pampered pumpkins:)
Your flowers look as though they are thriving quite well, sun or shade. Wasn't today just a perfect day?!

Joyce said...

It would be hard to have a nicer day in August than we had today! Or, really, any month of the year.

Going Crunchy said...

My gravy, that is tremongous.

Aisling said...

Joyce, I'm so glad you strolled this week. Even though you mention shade, I particularly like the way the sun is shining in your photos of the black-eyed susans and the phlox. Very pretty!

Mibsy said...

Oh! My! Goodness!...those pumpkins!!!

Crafty Gardener said...

I enjoyed your Sunday stroll.
Wow, those are big pumpkins.

Stop by and visit The Gardener Side

linda said...

I really like strolling today in your garden...those pumpkins are the best taken care of pumpkins I have ever seen...I can't wait to see the end result!

Green Bean said...

Oh I don't know. I think your garden looks pretty great. I love blackeyed susans. Your neighbor's pumkpin is going along nicely. VERY nicely. I can't imagine what it must look like in person.

Nan said...

Wow! How fun for you and all the passersby to see their growth. Did I ask you about the children's book about pumpkins? I'll have to look it up.

Joyce said...

Nan, I don't remember you talking about this book. Let me know what you find.