Hurricane Irene is bearing down on us. Even though it's a few days away, landfall is slated for Sunday late afternoon/evening, we're apparently right in the bull's eye. I'm pretty sure the yard will be a complete mess afterwards. We have a lot of ancient trees around here that might fall, and I'll probably be without electricity for a few days. I thought I'd capture the yard in all of its late August glory before Irene visits. Above, I think the golden yellow of a sunflower contrasting with the bright blue skies of late summer—one of the prettiest color combinations available to a gardener.
Note: The link furnished above is to a blog by Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan from WVIT 4, Hartford, CT. I find his writing to be very clear and concise, and I get more out of reading the forecasts than I do watching the usual 3-minute TV segment. I'll be keeping track of the storm through Ryan's blog.
The first wild Thistle is blooming alongside the veggie garden. The birds and butterflies love these purple blooms.
A bright pink Brandywine heirloom tomato, just ripe for the picking! It's on my windowsill as I type this. Each tomato is almost a full pound in weight and five-inches in diameter.
The second Brandywine plant is a bit later to ripen, but has six tomatoes maturing. That's a lot for an heirloom plant in my experience.
A surprise awaited me in the garden this morning—a Heavenly Blue morning glory! I thought I was only going to have bright pink glories this year, but this blue plant has snuck in. I'm thrilled!
The lone blue blossom amid a sea of magenta. The combination will be really beautiful this fall. I hope the plants, and the garden, survive Irene.
I am just as much in love with sunflower buds as I am their blossoms. The shapes of the bud are so alien looking!