Summer Sights of Spy Garden

Yoga in the...

Yoga in the…

Garden

Garden

For the record, she picked out her own outfit.

For the record, she picked out her own outfit.

Lavender and Stripes

Lavender and Stripes

Lavender and what appears to be more yoga.

Lavender and what appears to be more yoga.

Nice shoulder stretch

Nice shoulder stretch

Love in a mist blooms

Love in a mist blooms

And another

And another

The love-in-a-mist flowers seen from a distance next to the teepee

The love-in-a-mist flowers seen from a distance next to the teepee

Butterfly on milkweed

Butterfly on milkweed

Hmmm...lots of ants on the eggplant

Hmmm…lots of ants on the eggplant

We have lots trillions of ants in the garden. Usually they don’t seem to cause much of a problem but I am thinking of putting down some fake sugar (i.e. sweet and low) as I’ve heard that will kill them. If anyone has any other (non-pesticide) suggestions for getting rid of ants, please leave in the comments!

Super saturated nasturtium

Super saturated nasturtium

Can you spy our little garden statue?

Can you spy our little garden statue?

Cilantro Blossoms

Cilantro Blossoms

And now, a break in the A/C…

Desk and Windowsill in the Spy's Room

Desk and Windowsill in the Spy’s Room

Hahah

Hahah

The Spy's Room

The Spy’s Room

Little Kitchen, Big Kitchen

Little Kitchen, Big Kitchen

Spotted Shark, by the Spy (acrylic on wood)

Spotted Shark, by the Spy (acrylic on wood)

And back outside…

Sunflowers and the corn about five feet tall now

Sunflowers and the corn about five feet tall now

Check out this little guy...

Check out this little guy…

SEE THE ALIEN HEAD?!!

SEE THE ALIEN HEAD?!!

Picking...

Picking…

Mulberries, MMMmm (they taste like blackberries)

Mulberries, MMMmm (they taste like blackberries)

Eucalpytus

Eucalpytus

Weeeee

Weeeee

6 thoughts on “Summer Sights of Spy Garden

  1. narf77

    I love babies stump yoga in the first image. It gives us a wonderful entry point to this lovely post full of green garden futures. Her next pose looks more “I think I am about to fall off this stump” than anything yogic…That butterfly on the milkweed (just read that some milkweed have edible flowers) is a beautiful image. Ants on your eggplant eh? Sounds like some aphid activity going on. Any time ants pay particular interest in anything in your garden they are about to farm themselves some aphids or something else that produces sticky goo that will attract mould. The Spy’s room is suspiciously clean…Back outside again after a whirlwind indoor tour…LOVE babies little kitchen by the way and that is a bug…bugs are pretty much always up to no good in your garden. Methinks it must be heating up a bit in your area and the insects have discovered your lovely lush oasis among the woods and the BIG problem with lush oasis’s is that they are delicious! That alien head is warning you…”I will soon be infesting your garden oh humanoid…lay down your weapons of bug destruction (spray) and I shall not destroy you…” I say “BRING IT ON BUG!” ;)

    Have you seen Pakistani mulberries? They are as long as an adults finger! You have room for one so it might be an option in Spy Garden :). Love today’s nice bright and green post even if it was threatening to infest my monitor…today narf7 squeezes into a water tank in order for us to roll it to its forever home and start collecting rainwater from the roof. This summer promises to be a long dry one all over again and we WILL have spare water this time! Wish me luck (and that I don’t get stuck in the tank hole opening and if you see it on the news or Youtube…be kind and pretend that you don’t know me ;) )

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      The suspiciously clean room was cleaned and organized “overcore” style the other day, hence the pictures haha. Sort of unrelated but on the topic of house cleaning I think you will love (at least laugh) this site/post: http://youresomummy.com/2014/05/06/failing-at-the-domestics/The long mulberries sound great. We have SOOOoo many but most are out of reach. If you were me you’d probably already had the ladder out and collected a bushel, alas all I seem to do is nibble and photograph all the fruit/veggies lol. I need to work on my harvesting skills. All the best with the water tank wrangling!

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  2. Eliza Waters

    Gosh, I love that Baby! She is endlessly entertaining! Your milkweed is so tall and great photo of the Great Spangled Fritillary on it. Love those butterflies! Re: ants…Generally they are beneficial as they aerate the soil, but large colonies can disrupt root systems and if they are defending the colony when disturbed by your weeding or harvesting, they bite! So sometimes they have got to go. I have had success sprinkling corn grits around – they eat the grain, which expand when moistened and they, well (Spy will love this), explode. So apply when you have a dry spell, as they are obviously ineffective after a rain expands the grits. Reapply as needed. Aspartame I don’t trust at all – too little research there.

    On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM, Spy Garden wrote:

    > Spy Garden posted: ” We have lots trillions of ants in the garden. > Usually they don’t seem to cause much of a problem but I am thinking of > putting down some fake sugar (i.e. sweet and low) as I’ve heard that will > kill them. If anyon”

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Good to know thanks!! Planning to try a mix of coffee grounds and cornmeal. Plus yeah I don’t want to support the fake sugar industry yuck! :)

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  3. puppiesinparadise

    http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/13-natural-remedies-for-the-ant-invasion#
    I perferr the method that drives them off instead of killing them. I had ants take up residence in my compost. I dumped red and white onions cut up in the heap may be twice. I didn’t even use that much. The next time I checked they had moved on. I think they don’t like the odor.

    I have a problem with them every spring in my kitchen. It is just a perk of living on a farm. I have tried vinegar water on my counters this year they are almost all gone. I had used another product that killed them before and was safe for my dogs. I didn’t want to kill them I just wanted to make them move on. I think I am going to find the nest and make them relocate like this site recommended. I hope this helps.

    I chuckled at the picture of your daughter. I said to myself that she must be dressing herself. I laughed when I scrolled down the page where you pointed that out. I said to myself I knew it. She is adorable. You capture her personality in your pictures. Your son has sure grown. He is so tall and hansome. You can see he is becoming a teenager. You have a gorgeous family.

    Your garden is looking great.Happy gardening!
    Honey

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