Rain has settled in over the past 10 days--the gentle kind that patters down in the night or moves through in a brisk daytime shower.
The parched ground has soaked it up and many struggling plants show signs of recovery.
We have spent hours renovating the gardens, sometimes working through a cooling brief shower.
The watermelon above is from heirloom seed.
We worked through a misty afternoon rain last Wednesday, pulling up tired, spent beans, corn and and such. J. using the small tiller so that I could replant beans, as well as sow cabbage and broccoli seed.
I usually buy my fall plants from a nursery, don't see why I can't direct seed them, thin and transplant right from a garden row.
The zinnias are stalwarts--enduring heat and drought. With the benefit of moisture they have produced a fresh burst of colorful blooms. Red-spotted-purple butterflies, golden fritillaries and swallowtails are all visiting the flowers.
I spent Thursday evening weeding the perennial strips. The praying mantis was clinging to a stalk of Russian Sage.
Side view of the mantis.
Swallowtail on a vivid pink zinnia.
Shades of pink are predominating in the zinnias sown from 2010's saved seed.
The butterflies are frustrating subjects for photos. They flit and move while I am trying to focus the camera.
I'm using my 10 year old Fuji at this point as my Canon has been declared unrepairable due to the unavailibility of the battery compartment door.
I don't have the Fuji software loaded on this PC, so have experimented with other photo programs--none too successfully.
The colors of these butterflies have a lovely dusky shimmer which the photos don't capture.
I haven't cut the zinnias which are past their blooming prime as they still attract butterflies.
This scarlet flower hosts two butterflies.
I should make a point to sit very still and observe which colors are most in favor.