Mid-July in Spy Garden

It's the little things about gardening that I love

It’s the little things about gardening that I love

We see this groundhog often in our backyard

We see this groundhog often in our backyard

Yellow echinacea

Yellow echinacea

A beautiful cabbage; yanked...too many bugs! Most brassicas are quite susceptible in my experience. Kale and kohlrabi seem the least so.

A beautiful cabbage; yanked…too many bugs! Most brassicas are quite susceptible in my experience. Kale and kohlrabi seem the least so.

Deer in the backyard (and out of the garden, for the most part)

Deer in the backyard (and out of the garden, for the most part)

This picture is a good representation of whats going on in the garden; lots of weeds (hopefully!) winter squash, marigolds and weeds

This picture is a good representation of what’s going on in the garden; lots of weeds, (hopefully!) winter squash, marigolds; and the tan blurry stuff in the right corner is garlic that needs harvesting!

Demonstrating how to check the leaves for squash bug eggs

Demonstrating how to check the leaves for squash bug eggs

Very yellow fungus/mushrooms on a log in the woods

Very yellow fungus/mushrooms on a log in the woods

So yellow!

So yellow!

A great gardening outfit haha

A great gardening outfit haha

Super saturated daisy

Super saturated daisy

A snake skin

A snake skin

Brought to Forest School to show off!

Brought to Forest School to show off!

Purple echinacea

Purple echinacea

"Fancy" haha; she fashioned a bandana thing into a pencil skirt; fancy indeed haha

“Fancy” haha; she fashioned a bandana thing into a pencil skirt; fancy indeed haha

Baseball season officially just ended! Here comes football! Aggghhh! (he is ready but I don't think I am!)

Baseball season officially just ended! Here comes football! Aggghhh! (he is ready but I don’t think I am!)

July in the garden

July in the garden

Aren't these little onion seedheads so photogenic!?

Aren’t these little onion seedheads so photogenic!?

Little fireworks

Little fireworks

One more!

One more!

In our canoe!

In our canoe!

My brown chacos match the water! haha

My brown chacos match the water! haha

That's how far we made it (you can see the dam toward the top which is where we started)

That’s how far we made it (you can see the dam toward the top which is where we started)

Though we were paddling up river there is very little current on the branch. As you can see it would be possible to canoe around this island (which would mean canoeing out in the Missouri River; WOAH! Scary! (Maybe not yet with the kids).

These guys were headed to go around the whole island. (and note the long walk from the parking lot to the levy/dam)

These guys were headed to go around the whole island. (and note the long walk, complete with hill, from the parking lot to the levy/dam)

Here you can see where we put in (we went left!!!) I was nervous about avoid getting sucked over that thing, but it is easily avoidable if you are careful)

Here you can see where we put in (we went left!!!) I was nervous about avoid getting sucked over that thing (AGGGHHHH!), but it is easily avoidable if you are careful)

On the dam looking down river

On the dam looking down river

This silt is like the glueiest, stickiest slimest thickest mud ever found!

This silt is like the glueiest, stickiest slimest thickest mud ever found!

Muddy, yet pretty

Muddy, yet pretty

Not pictured: a beaver! haha

Not pictured: a beaver we saw! haha

A heron

A heron

This was a fun little adventure though we are still eager to take the canoe to a nice clear river on which we would not be horrified/terrified/traumatized to swim in HAHhaha!

Hope you all are having a nice week!

6 thoughts on “Mid-July in Spy Garden

  1. Eliza Waters

    The onions look like Dr. Suess characters. :) Love ‘Zilla’s gardening outfit, but not so thrilled about the Spy playing football… :-( He looks like he really wants to, so I guess all we can do is put extra Guardian Angels on duty. <3

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  2. narf7

    It looks like The Spy is gazing wistfully at that white water Ms Spy. An adventurer in the making methinks. That mud, “This silt is like the gluiest, stickiest slimiest thickest mud ever found!” is Earl’s idea of heaven. He sunk up to his chest in a muddy puddle on one of our walks the other day and your kind of mud would hold the promise of added stink as well. What joy!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Well, Smoochie and I met as whitewater rafting guides, so it is certainly in his blood! Yeah, Dexie would’ve loved to slop around with us but we left her home because we were afraid of her flipping the canoe! But next time she can come (when we go to the clearer/smaller/shallower river). :)

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