It was mid-afternoon yesterday when I checked on our plantings. No rain ahead for many days, and with the intense heat, our plants need watering.
We’ve been so blessed to have no fly problems at all this summer…until now.
Butterflies are everywhere, too. Things are overgrown, huge, and full.
I love Cockscomb, but they can really take over a space.
Huge blooms grow amass.
The lone yellow Cockscomb may not survive if the armadillo don’t leave it alone. Ugh! HH is out every night, all hours of the night, trying to eliminate the problem again this year. They seem to be coming in packs now!
Step carefully around the growth crowding the pathway.
How about a closer peak at the Bachelor Buttons?
The cockscomb on the opposite side of the house isn’t far behind.
The neighboring Camellia is setting blooms. Don’t you love to see evidence of blooms ahead?
I heard loud buzzing at the fig tree loaded with fruit.
As I picked ripe figs, I was nearly stung. I never dreamed of getting a picture of so many bugs on the over-ripened fruit! Brace yourself. Don’t freak out at the fly’s bulging red eyes. Jeepers creepers!
Now I understand the sudden fly issue! I thought about abandoning the fig picking…until I realized the flies are only on the broken-skinned fruit but not the others. Whew!
I’m so ready for fresh figs!
HH and I collected a box full of pears from our pear tree on our way out the driveway late yesterday. Did you know a truck bed makes a good ladder for reaching tall branches? Ha!
Recipes for hard canning pears coming soon (I hope), along with fig concoctions. I can hardly wait to share the recipe for the figs we ate at dinner last night! Stay tuned….
Our fig tree puts out fruit late each summer, while others put forth fruit much earlier. I’m curious. What month do figs ripen in your area?