Monthly Archives: June 2009

Giant Mystery Bee

Is this a syrphid fly? It’s a mystery to me! This morning, the button bush in the front yard was abuzz with activity, mostly from bumble bees and sweat bees. However, there was one super fast, giant bee-like creature that … Continue reading

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Japanese Beetles Doing What They Do Best

Two Japanese Beetles Getting to Know Each Other Better Japanese beetles seem to spend most of their time doing one of two things: eating or mating. Every time I see one, they’re either eating one of my favorite ornamental plants … Continue reading

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These Blackberries Don’t Text

For the past week or so, I’ve been making a daily trip to the best blackberry patches on the farm to harvest fruit. The frequent and heavy rains this spring have made this year’s blackberry crop one of the most … Continue reading

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The Earliest Tomatoes Ever!

Two precocious tomatoes, about to get acquainted with my stomach! We’ve set a record for our earliest tomato harvest ever! We’ve been eating Sun Gold tomatoes for a week now, having harvested our first one on June 7. To what … Continue reading

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Holy Shiitake!

We’ve had a huge amount of rain this spring, and the plants are lovin’ it (other than the apple trees, which are having a terrible time with cedar apple rust). The blackberries are getting huge, the squash, tomato plants and … Continue reading

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Do They Really Follow the Sun?

Sunflowers are one of the most cheerful and easy to grow flowers that I know of. Drop a little birdseed (the sunflower kind) in a garden and BOOM! An explosion of sunflowers is likely to follow within a couple of … Continue reading

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What’s Big, Orange, and Full of Zucchini?

A squash blossom at Blue Horizon Farm If you answered “a cannibalistic pumpkin”, you were probably wrong! The answer is squash blossoms, of course! Squash plants make some of the most gorgeous flowers in the summer garden. In fact, squash … Continue reading

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