Happy Independence day, everyone! Celebrating here in the United States. Family, friends, plenty of good things to eat. And maybe a beautiful tour through the garden.
The calla lily is in bloom. This is the standard Picasso variety. It seems to require no care at all except to weed around it once in awhile. Unfortunately, Japanese beetles, slugs and snails love to munch on these lovely blossoms.
I love these tall, elegant blooms. They’re somewhat waxy in texture and will last a few days.
Calla lilies seemed to be a common motif in the art deco period, maybe for their simple lines and shapes. I also like their speckled leaves.
Fair as a lily, and not only the pride of life, but the desire of his eyes.
On another front, the first planting of sweet corn is nearly ready; only a couple of days left. This time last year, the raccoons came one night and decimated the crop. Thus, our trusty guard dog is being posted out by the garden. Based on his enthusiastic barking last night, I think his presence was effective. A couple of more days before we can harvest. Mikey says he’s tired and needs some sleep.
Mikey will be busy…raccoons seem to know when the corn is 2-3 days from picking, and that’s when they attack!
Oh, yes. Mikey’s been kept busy barking the past few days. Whatever it takes to scare the varmits away.
My grandfather used to string a light to a pole in the middle of his garden. He would then sit off in the dark and pick them off when the raiders came forth. As with most old timers, he was a deadeye shot.