Squash Flowers

Who knew that squash flowers were so pretty? I certainly didn’t.

A Squash Flower

A Squash Flower

The squash flower is the big flower behind all the smaller Stella de Oro day lilies. I didn’t know it would match the stellas when I put the squash pots there. Some luck there.
Man, that flower is huge!

Backyard Bliss

I slept most of the day and awoke to find the garden gorgeous.

Part of the Backyard

Part of the Backyard

Ignore the grass and weeds in the bed around the patio. Please. That’s what I do. But you’ve probably guessed that.

That’s a few squash plants in the planter. There’s a Chinese snowball bush directly behind the squash.  The tomato and cucumberplants are in the raised beds a bit beyond. And as always, there’s the stinkin’ juniper behind the wall.

Photos of the cucumber flowers to come soon. They’re gorgeous!

Tomato Woe

So. I’ve got about 19 tomato plants in the backyard. On Monday night, they were eye high with hundreds of baby tomatoes on them. On Tuesday night, most were waist high with only the largest of the tomatoes present. A few of them were knee high. One is almost completely gone.

I’ve been in a pissy mood ever since. Because the plants were gone from the top down, I thought deer had been snacking on my plants. (Last year, it was bunnies eating the baby tomatoes at the base of each plant. But this couldn’t have been bunnies, unless they were acrobatic bunnies who stood on each others’ shoulders just to eat the top of the tomato plants.) So I sprinkled chipotle pepper flakes on the plants to keep the deer away until I could find a permanent solution. Turns out that wasn’t necessary.

Later, as I searched for green tomatoes to pick for fried green tomatoes, I found this ugly bastard:

The Little Bastard Responsible

It’s a Tomato Hornworm, the little bastard; it’s about two inches long and capable of eating a whole patch of tomato plants in 24 hours. While I took this picture, it ate an entire leaf off of my tomato plant.

I killed this one and sprayed to kill any others lingering around my tomatoes. Bastard.

So my tomato crop is going to suffer this year. No canning for me. I’ll be lucky if the plants don’t die from losing about half of their height in less than 24 hours.

Dammit. I am so pissed.