Fall Garden Update: Bee, Bug, Butterfly and Flower Power

Asters, black eyed Susan's, thyme, lavender and feverfew

Asters, black eyed Susan’s, thyme, lavender and feverfew

Autumn beauty sunflower with a happy bee

Autumn beauty sunflower with a happy bee

Blurry borage with bee

Blurry borage with bee

Butterfly on a zinnia

Butterfly on a zinnia

So many grasshoppers this year, but also so many plants and birds that I don't see much damage.

So many grasshoppers this year, but also so many plants and birds that I don’t see much damage.

Cosmos and poke

Cosmos and poke

This larkspur made a surprising comeback. It's amazing what companion planting and ignoring plants will do. Nature knows how to take care of itself!

This larkspur made a surprising comeback. It’s amazing what companion planting and ignoring plants will do. Nature knows how to take care of itself!

Crazy carrots

Crazy carrots

Riotous abundance, including some of the carrots I've let flower (the white umbrels)

Riotous abundance, including some of the carrots I’ve let flower (the white umbrels)

Heavily harvested beets 'n' greens: once the beets come out, more garlic will go in.

Heavily harvested beets ‘n’ greens: once the beets come out, more garlic will go in.

As I've thinned tomatoes, daikons have thrived.

As I’ve thinned tomatoes, daikons have thrived.

Mums the word!

Mums the word!

Another abundant and heavily harvested bed of fall and winter greens.

Another abundant and heavily harvested bed of fall and winter greens.

Nearly ripe fairy tale pumpkin hiding among the pumpkin vines and zinnias

Nearly ripe fairy tale pumpkin hiding among the pumpkin vines and zinnias

Pineapple sage beginning to bloom, with rhubarb chard peeking out.

Pineapple sage beginning to bloom, with rhubarb chard peeking out.

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch Mattraw on September 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    so lovely and peaceful Laura, there’s luminescent sheen, a softness that belies your urban environs, magical!

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    • Thanks, Mitch! Yes, it’s so lovely to spend time out there, and the more things I plant, the more everything harmonizes. Now I just need to get my butt out there and plant more daffodils! 😉

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  2. Posted by Mari Braveheart-Dances on September 25, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Hello Laura, and thank you once again from the depths of my heart for your Earth Offerings. I benefit from the pictures greatly. It feeds my spirit, truly it does. I am determined to be gardening in some fashion within the year (I do it at my apt, but so little real space – I crave much bigger spaces to work with) – whether in Ojai, or around here, or Asheville – it will settle itself out. In the meantime, I dream and plan, and find joy in my present life and circumstances. I had a lot of garden back in the day (even 5 years ago!). Then I had emotional trauma drama and fell into a swill, coming out now though and dreaming my life! Ya-ya-yay! Part of my dream is to work on the land. I’m pretty soft now, because I haven’t had my own Garden to work in. Your Beautiful Garden Food Forest is my inspiration. Somehow, some day, I’m going to do what you’re doing. Meanwhile, I live vicariously through you – and I get tears in my eyes and joy in my heart when I behold your pictures and your stories. It is awesome to the max, my beautiful Laura. Thank you for sharing your pictures, and for doing what you’re doing. – Heart to Heart, Mari

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  3. beautiful! love the grasshopper! 😉

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  4. What a riot of abundance! Nature’s own life force is truly at work in your garden now. The “tipping point” has been reached, now your garden vastly amplifies every effort you put into it.

    Like Mari, I, too, enjoy your garden blog and photos very much. I, too, am unable to garden at present, but deeply enjoy photos of and stories about your garden. Your garden journey exemplifies the power of the life force, which you have brought back to life in the grounds surrounding your home.

    Sky

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    • Oh, thank you, Sky. That makes me grin wide! Yes, it has begun to flourish on its own, and the life force now recharges me, instead of me needing to pump every last morsel of free energy into the land. 🙂 It’s much more balanced now — like a dance! Thanks for commenting and for your encouragement earlier in the year when I was ready to chuck it all with the insane and seemingly Sisyphean effort. I’m glad I stuck with it.

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  5. happy to see your pictures today…didn’t get outside enough and seeing your abundance and beauty along with all the lovely insects, bees, butterflies…sure made my heart feel at ease and happy….thank you for sharing this…a respite to see it all.

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    • So glad these photos made you happy and at ease, Dawn! I was thinking of you the other day, as a good friend passed through Flagstaff, Sedona, Jerome and on out through the Verde Valley. 🙂

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  6. Posted by James G on September 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I love your beautiful garden Laura. Some times I wonder if any of the monarch butterflies that are in my garden stopped and visited yours and it makes me smile. 🙂

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  7. Posted by manyhahama1955 on September 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Nice work Laura! Absolutely beautiful! love, sophia

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