I have obviously been practicing my embroidery skills here – blanket stitch, you are now my bitch! I free-handed the pieces for this hat and I was really pleased with how well it turned out. I might make the ears bigger the next time, but overall I’m satisfied with it.
I had the idea months ago to do a bee-stripe sweater, and then as Halloween crept closer and I finally got around to making it, I thought, why not do a skirt and headgear to go with it? I’m so happy with this look. I think it’s so cute!
The end of summer is coming soon – much sooner than I realized! How is it already the middle of September? Time is moving way too quickly lately. The end of summer means it’s just past the time when I usually slack about weeding in the veg beds, and now it’s the time when I’ve had a chance to feel guilty and have done a little weeding but not nearly all that needs doing. Hence this contrast – the parts I caught up on:
aaaand the section that still needs help:
These cabbages tried valiantly to escape the weeds that were surrounding them, and ended up very spindly and weird. I’ll get to the rest of the weeding, really. The propensity for weeds to grow in this main veg bed is causing me to consider building raised beds next year.
The sunflowers have gotten huge and tall again this year:
As you can see, some of them are so big they can’t hold their heads up anymore. The stakes I have aren’t tall enough to help that big guy. I love these red sunflowers! They do fade, becoming increasingly yellow the longer they’re around, but to begin with they’re stunning.
Finally, check out the slime trail on this slug!
Ewww! Karl took this photo and was generous enough to let the slug be after photographing it. I would have gotten rid of it! Hopefully it became a meal for one of the many toads that live in our back yard and gardens.
The mint is blooming like crazygonuts, and it’s been absolutely filled with insects enjoying the sweetness. It was mega sunny (not to mention swelteringly hot) yesterday, but we managed to get a little bit of decent footage.
You really can’t get the sense of just how many insects are in this area unless you’re actually here, but trust me when I say there are dozens at any given moment. Possibly over a hundred!
I took some close-up shots of some of the insects. I’m not sure what any of them are for certain.
Some sort of wasp?
A very delicate blue butterfly?
EDIT: Identified! Summer AzureCelastrina neglecta