Pumpkins & Squash

Pumpkins & Squash

The pumpkins and squash in the garden are coming along nicely.  The bush beans and cucumbers, for the most part, have run their course.  We are left with a bit of a tangletown of vines that are crisscrossing the garden.  We planted a variety of pumpkins & squash this year.  Cinnamon Girl F1 seems to be the dominant variety, but there are at least a couple Rouge vif d’Etampes which have their seed originating from our first planting of this type roughly four years ago.  The squash we planted this year are a bit of mystery.  The seeds were in a mystery bag from my mother – no label.  Several different shaped seeds in the bag; we simply placed them all in the same mound.

Northern Forest Berries & Flowers

Northern Forest Berries & Flowers

I ventured north in the state this weekend.  Partly a familial visit, partly to fix the riding lawn mower on the familial property, and partly to fulfill a last minute favor that my sister had asked of me.  There was visiting and having a meal with my parents, the lawn mower was fixed, and the favor fulfilled.  I spent much of my time on the property.  The weather was wonderful for late July — with temperatures dropping into the 40s at night, sleeping in the small travel trailer that we have on property was, like the weather, wonderful.

A bit wandering our road, revealed, what seemed to be, countless varieties of species in the raspberry and blackberry family (Rubus).  Back my parents, my mother and I pored over Welby Smith’s Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota.  Was that a Rubus allegheniensis, or the R. ablatus.  Bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis), Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), and yellow tansies (Tanacetum vulgare) – which, although invasive, I like them as they remind me of when I traveled Finland years ago.

There were a few mushrooms, here and there.  But nothing in great numbers.

Summer Flowers & Bees

Summer Flowers & Bees