1 The tiger lily garden is spectacular this year with thousands of blooms upon very long stems.
2 The tiger lilies are very attractive to butterflies, like this yellow swallowtail.
3 Hummingbirds are also drawn to tiger lily nectar.
4 This is a female ruby-throated hummingbird, the only type seen here in the northeast. The females don't have the brilliant iridescent ruby-colored throats that the males boast.
5 Ruby-throated hummingbirds are solitary and are only social with other adults during courtship. In fact, both males and females are aggressive towards other hummingbirds and really defend their territories.
6 The vegetable garden is growing very nicely. In this corner are the assorted tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. I'll soon be able to make a delicious ratatouille.
7 The tomato plants are supported by bamboo tripods.
8 This dark purple tomato is a variety called Indigo Rose. It contains high levels of anti-oxidants.
9 Ryan, my gardener, planted many varieties of peppers both sweet and hot. This is a nicely shaped bell pepper.
10 A kind of poblano pepper, a mild variety of chili.
11 Spicy cayenne peppers
12 We've picked many cabbages already, and these red ones need to be harvested soon.
13 We recently received a delivery of hay.
14 It's loaded from the truck to the stable loft using a hay conveyor belt.
15 This is the loft with hay bales, for eating, on the left and straw, for bedding, on the right.
16 You may recall my blog about the hardneck garlic harvest. Here's the garlic still curing two weeks later.
17 It will be fully cured in about another week.
18 Ryan decided to remove many succulents from the greenhouse and display them outdoors.
19 Being careful not to poke himself with their sharp pointed leaves, he transported these agaves using a garden cart.
20 And he placed the pots along the driveway walls.
21 I really like the way these pots look on the wall.
22 Another section of wall
23 It was time for Wilmer and Roger to harvest the nepeta, or cat mint.
24 I like to dry the nepeta and use it to fill cat toys.
25 The neatly trimmed borders
26 The nepeta is being dried in the now empty tropical greenhouse. When it's completely dry, it will be stored in large plastic bins.
27 This is one of the hay fields at the farm. Dominic didn't bale the hay after cutting it because the weather was just too wet. We'll try again later in the season.
28 Interestingly, Dominic found the remains of a coyote feast in the hayfield. This appears to be a wild turkey bone.
29 More evidence - turkey feathers - The coyote babies are growing into hungry hunters.
30 Another hunter - a red-tailed hawk
31 The red-tail diet consists mainly of small mammals, but it will also go after other birds and reptiles.
32 I asked Chhewang to prune the apple espaliers.
33 Chhewang has proven to be a very capable pruner.
34 Judging from these piles of apple branches, the trees really needed a good pruning.
35 The apples are looking great!
36 The Gravenstein apple espalier also looks great.
37 I thought that the barn swallows were done nesting for the season.
38 However, this pair decided to raise another brood. You can see the hungry mouths peeking from inside the nest.
39 There are still many birds coming to the feeders. Here's a lovely goldfinch with it's vivid yellow plumage.