Sunday, August 17, 2008
Green Thumb Sunday: Cantaloupe on the way!
My garden in mid August never ceases to amaze me! I have really only been at this with any seriousness for a little over a year now, and many of my plants are still quite small, but they seem to have done quite a bit of growing over the last month or so. We've had quite a bit of rain here in Tucson, so I am still getting a variety of blooms here and there.
The top pictures were a surprise- this little cactus (Parodia) bloomed last May- it was actually my very first Green Thumb Sunday post, but recently more buds popped out for a late summer showing. The blooms do seem a little smaller this time around, but no less lovely!
The third picture is of a dove, sitting on her nest, in the smaller of my two Cholla on the side of my house. She built her nest in a rather low, open area, and this is one of many sets of eggs she has sat on here. The last ones though, she abandoned, so I was pleased to see her try again! Hopefully they won't go the way of some birds, being captured by the darn Cholla thorns!
I had to post the two pictures of the baby lizard I noticed running around. Isn't he darling with his spotted body and striped tail? I just love the lizards and they seem to love hanging out in the front flower bed under the big Olive tree! I believe this one is a Mediterranean Gecko - very young, not even 2 inches long!
And last is the cantaloupe plant my son brought home a month or maybe two now ago. To tell the truth, I ignored the little plant for quite awhile, realizing how big these things get, but my son eventually planted it in an open area of the side flower bed, and has it ever grown! It must be close to 8 feet now, and has started to climb the cats-claw at one and and has totally left the flower bed on the other! I noticed the other day it is starting to set fruit- I've no idea though if I can actually bring this to maturity or not- I will really be amazed if I do!
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