Early August in the Garden and Grant’s Farm

Cockscomb

Cockscomb

Melons growing up a trellis (and this trellis also has kiwi plants growing up it!)

Melons growing up a trellis (and this trellis also has kiwi plants growing up it!)

Monarch; my favorite!

Monarch; my favorite!

Peppers, little onions and Sikkim and dragon's egg cucumbers

Peppers, little onions and Sikkim and dragon’s egg cucumbers

A large Hartman's Giant amaranth plant (these self-sow in our garden every year) and you can see the loofah gourds climbing up the teepee in the background

A large Hartman’s Giant amaranth plant (these self-sow in our garden every year) and you can see the loofah gourds climbing up the teepee in the background

Another monarch

Another monarch

Dill, eggplants, celosia, cockscomb, hibiscus, and a few cucumber and melon plants all in this row!

Dill, eggplants, celosia, cockscomb, hibiscus, and a few cucumber and melon plants all in this row! (and asparagus is in the far end of this patch)

Seeds on the Orach (will definitely be saving these!)

Seeds on the orach (will definitely be saving these!)

Sunny sunflower

Sunny sunflower

Malabar Spinach climbing up the teepee

Malabar Spinach climbing up the teepee

Dexie and just a few marigolds! I like how in this picture you can really tell the garden is on a slope.

Dexie and just a few marigolds! I like how in this picture you can really tell the garden is on a slope.

Unfurling

Unfurling

A nice grey-blue-purple variety of sedum.

A nice grey-blue-purple variety of sedum.

Celosia and Dill

Celosia and Dill

Blazing star bloom (a native Missouri wildflower)

Blazing star bloom (a native Missouri wildflower)

One plot weeded!

One plot weeded!

Monarch on milkweed. Normally I take a lighter and burn off all those little yellow bugs off the milkweed but I didn't get to that this year.

Monarch on milkweed. Normally I take a lighter and burn off all those little yellow bugs off the milkweed but I didn’t get to that this year.

Heavy seed head hanging over

Heavy seed head hanging over

View through the trellis: the two tall stake-trellis (made by just weaving some twine around 3 garden stakes) have kiwis and melons growing up them; I hope they grow up to the tops!)

View through the trellis: the two tall stake-trellis (made by just weaving some twine around 3 garden stakes) have kiwis and melons growing up them; I hope they grow up to the tops!)

And Grant’s Farm…

To the goats!

To the goats!

Different types of longhorn cattle

Different types of longhorn cattle

Feeding the goats!

Feeding the goats!

So cute!

So cute!

And brushing them!

And brushing them!

And petting them.

And petting them.

I always feel kind of bad for elephants since they are supposedly wicked smart. Maybe only the dumber animals should be in captivity?

I always feel bad for elephants. Maybe only the dumber animals should be in captivity?

Like camels! hahaHaa

Like camels! hahaHaa

Camel ride!

Camel ride!

Weeee!

Weeee!

Peacocks are one of my favorites

Peacocks are one of my favorites

More beautiful feathers

More beautiful feathers

Parrots people-watching

Parrots people-watching

What a good big brother

What a good big brother

For the record I didn't dress them in matching shirts!

For the record I didn’t dress them in matching shirts!

Entrance of the Bauernhof (German for

Entrance of the Bauernhof (German for “farmstead”)

Ice cream in the shade

Ice cream in the shade

Pretty, ornate carts

Pretty, ornate carts

Another

Another

This rooster looked pretty cool when it walked it looked like it had baggy feathered pants.

This rooster looked pretty cool like itย was wearingย baggy feathered pants.

On the carousel

On the carousel

Going to check out the Clydesdales

Going to check out the Clydesdales

Neiiighhhh

Neiiighhhh

About Grant's Farm and the Budweiser Clydesdale stables

About Grant’s Farm and the Budweiser Clydesdale stables

Click here to learn more about Grant’s Farm (yet another free St. Louis attraction!)

And just a few more random photos…

Daniel Boone Bridge (soon to be torn down) over the Missouri River

Daniel Boone Bridge (soon to be torn down) over the Missouri River

Painting by Baby

Painting by Baby

13 thoughts on “Early August in the Garden and Grant’s Farm

  1. Pingback: Best of Spy Garden 2015 | Spy Garden

  2. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!

    Love to see the garden progress! Also, if you remove all of the aphids, what will the predatory (beneficial) bugs eat? The swamp milkweed does seem to be an aphid magnet though…

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  3. Eliza Waters

    Looks like a fun outing with lots to do and see. Nice job on ‘Zilla’s hair, Mom. :-) Loved the antique carts and carousel horses – the kid in me can’t resist a carousel ride! Do you sow marigolds every year or do they self-sow? I’ve saved seed in the past, but the flowers aren’t as spectacular and there is more foliage than flowers. SO GLAD you have monarchs – if things don’t improve quickly, they are heading for the endangered species list – then maybe the gov’t will get serious about building their numbers up again. <10% is dangerously low. You burn off the aphids?? Doesn't that damage the plant? I just put on a glove and squash them – bet the kids would like helping do that – lol! 'Zilla's art work looks like a winking pig – lol, what does that say about my artistic eye?

    On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 11:40 AM, Spy Garden wrote:

    > Spy Garden posted: ” And Grant’s Farm… Click here to learn more about > Grant’s Farm (yet another free St. Louis attraction!) And just a few more > random photos… “

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks; braids are my fave to do! All of my marigolds are self-sow (or rather, Baby-sowed; she sprinkles the seeds all over the place; loves splitting up the spent blooms). Yeah, the burning of the aphids is something I’ve done before and it never really damaged the milk weed. Yes, I have seen more monarchs this year than ever, so that is a good thing, but sad that in general their numbers are so low! They are my favorite; there is something very magical about a monarch butterfly!

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      1. Eliza Waters

        Monarchs are magical, I agree! The plight of the Monarchs is very upsetting to me. What an evolutionary miracle and we’ve made a mess of it. (One bad winter in Mexico might knock them out. I can’t bear thinking about that possibility.) I really hope we can build their numbers back up. Backyard gardeners are a huge help with their milkweed plants.I’m glad you are seeing them in good numbers. I’ve seen two all summer and I jumped for joy when I saw them! :-D

  4. narf77

    You certainly make the most out of your summers don’t you Ms Spy. LOVE…L.O.V.E! The way spy garden is coming along. Just read a blog post where Armenian cucumbers will hybridise with musk melons (as Armenian cukes are apparently just melons in disguise) so consider that my bit of parting wisdom for you (whether or not you grow either musk or Armenian cucumbers is besides the by, my job here is done! ;) )

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      I probably won’t save many cuke or melon seeds but I have heard of them crossing. Thanks! I figure the “peak” of the garden (in terms of looks! haha) is in another 2 weeks or so. Enough time for me to finish up all that weeding. So stand by!

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      1. narf77

        Can’t wait for my new desktop image. It’s like looking for Where’s Wally…”Where’s Dexie” or “Where’s Baby” ;)

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