This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


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Its sunflower time! One of my favorite things to do is photographing sunflowers. Usually there's a bee or several bees on it. Today there were also bright yellow gold finches.

I planted my sunflowers late (actually the first planting was eaten by chipmunks and it took me some time to replant in pots and transplant to my plot). The flowers above are all growing in other garden plots - not mine. I have just one in bloom now (below, a Teddy Bear Dwarf Yellow from Botanical Interests),and three or four more varieties budded up and coming soon.
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Blogger Stewart said...


August 08, 2010 5:27 AM

Blogger Stratoz said...

great series of photos

August 08, 2010 7:10 AM

Blogger Heidi said...

Fantastic shots with the gold finch. Beautiful.

August 08, 2010 8:11 AM

Blogger Jain said...

Perfectly beautiful! The Goldfinch blew me away!

August 08, 2010 8:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful, I cannot wait for mine to open up.... Even better the treat we will get once they dry! Yum

August 08, 2010 9:48 AM

Blogger Mrs. Finch said...

Did we have any bloom this year? We haven't been there in weeks and since we've given up the plot, we haven't really gone back to the gardens. We had planted some by the compost bin, but they were slow to grow this year.

August 08, 2010 9:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning !

August 08, 2010 11:45 AM

Blogger biobabbler said...


August 08, 2010 12:07 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I will check Jennifer. I think you do, but I can't remember for sure. Some of these photos may even be your. David has lots of 10-15 foot tall ones in the garden next to yours. I will look for yours tomorrow.

August 08, 2010 5:15 PM

Anonymous Deborah said...

Beautiful photos!

August 08, 2010 6:36 PM

Blogger icebear said...

i agree, those photos are wonderful, the first with the gold finch in particular!

I'm sure you have answered this before, but what is the Camera you used?

August 08, 2010 9:32 PM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

Beautiful sunflowers. Makes me want to plant more next year.

August 08, 2010 9:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pictures!

My sunflowers already finished blooming about a month ago, and the seeds were chowed down by the birds...

Do you know what variety the really light yellow (lemony color) sunflower is?


August 09, 2010 3:08 PM

Anonymous Water features Hudson Valley, NY said...

Nice flowers, beautiful picture taken.I think your garden might be very beautiful.

August 10, 2010 5:40 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I don't know what the light yellow one is. If I see the gardener who grew these I will ask and let you know later.

I checked your plot, Jennifer, and you have three tall (15 foot?) sunflowers growing in a clump at the far end. One was in bloom yesterday and it looks like 8 or 10 blooms will open soon. The goldfinches will enjoy this!

If you click on "FAQs" near the top of my sidebar, you'll see the type of camera. But I do have to update the lens. I have a new zoom lens that I LOVE. I can get nice photos of birds while standing far enough away so I don't scare them off. The lens is Canon EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6 IS.

August 10, 2010 8:30 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

Beautiful photos Kathy.

August 10, 2010 9:04 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

makes me smile

August 24, 2010 12:48 PM

Blogger LJHerrera said...

The Photos for this blog are gorgeous!

September 24, 2010 12:22 PM


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