The following photos were taken by Natalie during the garden tours we had in August. Natalie also published these photos along with a few more in the Wakaw Recorder (the local newspaper) with an article she wrote about the garden tours at Mistik Acres.
Hen & Chick Poppy
Checking out the Sea Holly patch and the honey bees
which love the Sea Holly flowers.
We are enjoying the wonderful warm weather we have been experiencing, spending all of our time outdoors cleaning up the gardens. The plants have been dug out and are now drying and waiting to be shredded with our chipper/shredder. The only soil ready to be planted, is the area we are planting the garlic. If you are planting garlic this fall it may be best to wait just a bit longer before you plant, as the temperatures should be cooler so the garlic does not decide to sprout in the warm soil. I planted some new perennials and moved a few others, but our soil is very dry right now and we will have to water all the perennials before freeze up, if we do not get any rain.
We hired a local businessman to break up the old cement foundations and haul them away. He completed the removal of one foundation and there is one more beside the house, along with old cement sidewalks. I have been waiting a long time to see the disappearance of this cement, so now I am doing the happy dance.
Last week we enjoyed a weasel visiting the farm. It was very inquisitive and would come right up to us if we did not move too quickly. They are very efficient at keeping the rodent population down, but unfortunately we have not seen it for a week now, so hopefully it will return to the yard.