Bumbling Around with the Bumbling Bumble Bees

It sounds like alternative lyrics to an old song, and even though I can’t sing, I know the melody (something about tumbleweeds). And it is entertaining us — the little bumble bee on the almost gone monarda. My photos aren’t razor sharp, but  I’m not bothered by its buzzing, only by the fading flower. So we share its photos (and others) with you:

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Have You Got the Blog Blahs?

You know what I’m talking about.

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New lily blooming

We think we are blogging, and maybe all we are doing is “blah, blah, blah”-ing? All us bloggers want to write what is on our minds, but we also want to entertain you, the readers. We set up a schedule to post our articles. We collect our thoughts on what we want to say, and then when we examine the thoughts, random, organized, or whatever, it hits. What we have to say may be personally important, but to the greater world with whom we share, meh.

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I don’t know what it is, but I like it

What do we do? We try to pull tricks out of our repertoire that work (or worked last time). Make a list for the reader of helpful hints. Connect to the social media sites what we want to say and how that compares with famous sites.

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Nothing more than a marigold

I personally want to show off the photographs of our garden, other gardens, and wildlife on our travels. I want to share these visions of beauty with my readers, and a convenient mechanism is my blog. But blogging is a word crafting, writing, story telling opportunity.

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Flower in DH’s potted garden

Sorry, darn it, I don’t have it in me. I’m trying to put my thoughts down about traveling to the Everglades, and share with the reader what I learned that will save them some steps, mistakes, etc. So today, I simply share our photos. Best to you! summer 2014 11 Have You Got the Blog Blahs?

Our First Tomatoes

The first harvest is always special. This year it was July 15 for the first tomatoes — only three, but more are ripening. DH’s favorite tomato is the old fashioned Rutgers. Developed back in the 30′s for commercial use, I believe.

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First tomato harvest

Well even Rutgers University isn’t sure about the lineage, so what starters we buy or seeds we grow each year is a bit of a dice throw – some are determinate and some are indeterminate. We’d rather have indeterminate, because the tomatoes don’t all ripen at once like determinate ones, and we’d like to have tomatoes far into the fall and indeterminate varieties don’t stop producing until a freeze.

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Pretty even when green

Determinate varieties yield their bumper crops and then pretty much die off. I’d like to believe there are indeterminate Rutgers out there, but if Rutgers was originally developed for commercial purposes, it is more likely that the original was a determinate: send the pickers in all at once, rather than having them pick all season long.

Also as you may have noticed in many of our photos this week, we have it wet. We get a good thunderstorm (sorry, puppy, I know it’s scary) almost everyday and there are all lot of mushrooms growing in the lawn even though it is July. I doubt that they are any good for the lawn, but they are what they are.

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Pretty little lawn mushrooms

Everything is kissed with water drops. Again, very pretty…

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Crepe myrtle with water drops

How’s the world treating you?