Category Archives: Garden
The day lilies are peaking. These have been dug up and moved around so many times their roots are nearly worn out. Tenacious. Around these parts you can often spot old homesteads by the lilies even when there is little else to mark them.I’m going to throw this Mars rover self portrait in just because of the WOW! factor. It’s a composite photograph, a mosaic combining several pictures taken by a camera at the end of an arm. The pics are combined so as to eliminate those portions that show the actual hardware.I mentioned that I would be saving a daily photograph from the camera we have set overlooking the tomato garden. We have over 30 now, saving one a day except for a day or two when there were hardware problems. The plants nearest the camera are tomatillos.All the pups vie for Mrs J’s attention. Katie shoulders her way right on in there. She has yet to join the others when they break into song, though she has uttered a few squeaks now and again. If she finds her voice we will have quite the chorus. Here’s a cute puppeh from the shelter. Nice color!Heh, thought I’d better post this one up here lest you all wonder why we call this a food blog. LOL!
Mrs J spotted this little mantis on one of her container daisies. It’s the first one we’ve seen this summer. I quite like these things. This one noticed the camera lens and scurried off a ways.They often stake out a territory. I’ve found them is the same general location day after day. This one is so small that an ant will be a good meal – something as large as a ladybug would be too much to tackle.
The tomato garden is coming along pretty well so far. Let me zoom in on that speck of red on the left middle of the photo:When we transplanted this one there was already a small green tomato on it, it has ripened to the point that someone has been gnawing on it. I see some sort of bug in the photo just above the tomato on a leaf, it’s black with orange bands. No idea what it is. Thought about picking the tomato but decided to wait a little. We have several varieties of tomatoes out and I can’t remember all their names, there are a few San Marzanos in one row that survived the replanting and they all seem to be thriving. We have several Romas, and the usual assortment of better boy beefsteak early girls.The patio container jalapenos are starting to produce, nothing yet on the cayennes or the Anaheims. The little sweet pepper bushes are growing well but I don’t see any tiny little peppers yet. The cherry tomatoes in containers are full of little green ones, and there is a single tomato that is nearly ripe.Ms Bea and Bitsy help Mrs J with some weeding. This pic makes for a nice transition from garden to pets:The pet theme of the day will involve some tongue action:Mrs J took the last two photos at the shelter, the others were all taken with the new smartphone, a Galaxy S4. I’m liking it so far.
I’m loving my new smart phone. Not so much for the phone function or texting as for the “always there” camera. The Galaxy S4 has a dandy, a 13 megapixel job with modes and features that I may never use. It has one that I definitely like – a voice command to tell it to take the picture. It recognizes several words as triggers: shoot and smile work and a few others. I took this of one of the new-ish cherry trees from atop my mower yesterday.Mrs J has taken charge of walking Katie. Kate handles the leash well, even when it’s me on the other end. Katie is recovering from her surgery – St Francis offers spaying as a part of their adoption service but this was delayed in her case by her flight and subsequent outdoor adventures.The patio container garden is doing well. The tomatoes are at that stage where they are all promise and healthy and green with scads of yellow blossoms.Most of the herbs for the kitchen are arrayed on this bench and they are growing fast. I pinched the first flower buds from the basil yesterday. Swallowtail caterpillars have invaded the curly parsley (just behind the purple basil) but have so far left the flat leaf parsley alone.We have a better selection of peppers this year: Jalapenos again, and habaneros, new this year are cayennes, Anaheims, and some small, multi-colored sweet peppers. There are a few blossoms on these but they do best in the heat of the summer.Here’s Homer from early this morning. He and Toby have a mouse cornered under the end table. I have the S4 camera set on auto everything and noticed a brief flash from the LED assist for focusing but the auto focus needs better light to do good work.This was a few moments later. I got up to see how the flash was going to work where it was really too dark to see. I don’t think the camera will ever be as good as a dedicated DSLR, but it will do much better than my Nikons when they are not to hand and this one is.
Katie is merging into daily doggie life here. She is still a bit jumpy with me but Mrs J’s campaign to endear herself to Kate is paying huge dividends. Katie actually will join her on the couch – she still wants to bail when I go to sit with her. The cats are not as wary of her, nor she of them. She seems very smart and is picking up commands and hand signs well.Here’s another view of the sausage and pepper sub I built yesterday. Kroger sells bone in chicken thighs in a nice “value pack” tray fairly cheap. I didn’t make note but there are around 10 pieces in there for 6 or 7 dollars. I’ve been cooking them all at once on the grill when I have it going for whatever else, wrapping them in foil for later quick meals. The sausages came in a similar pack of ten, I cooked all of those as well.I’ve mentioned this before, we keep a trail camera active overlooking the spot where Mrs J spreads the corn and other seeds. The camera has infra-red LEDs to add illumination at night, and the camera itself has a light sensor that switches the mode from daylight color to night time IR. Often there is a transition period in the evening and in the morning when there is enough ambient light that the entire scene is lit well enough to see to the far edges of the frame. The resulting photos have what I would term “drama”.Speaking of game cameras, we placed another one looking at the tomato garden this year, hoping to identify the culprits that destroyed some newly planted seedlings. We’ve seen rabbits and raccoons, deer and stray cats, but none of them have again bothered the steadily growing plants. It struck me as a fun project to save one photo a day from this camera to a new folder on a hard drive so daily progress can be noted. I have about ten frames saved so far. If I can figure out how I will make a movie out of the batch when I get enough of them.