There’s still lots blooming in the veggie patch. Not everything is edible; but the blossoms attract pollinators to the patch and production remains very, very high.
The Texas Ranger busts into bloom starting in May and continues until around November. The bees are drunk on all the pollen they are loading up. Texas Rangers are easy to grow in zone 9. They thrive in the dry heat and aren’t fussy, temperamental plants.
Marigolds sprouted from last season’s seeds; so I left them alone growing amongst the Al Kuffa Tomatoes and the Borlotto Solista Beans. I need to remember to be careful when I clean these out in the fall. There are loads of spiders in them (Black Windows included).
Okay. All the tomatoes continue to produce. This has been a banner year for tomato production. Truly overwhelming. I really thought that these plants that were started by seed on March 1 would have been finished by now and I would be preparing the beds for the fall/winter crops. No way. They just keep on giving.
The Serrano Peppers are enjoying the heat of summer and all the plants are loaded with lantern like blossoms. These little butterflies flutter all through the peppers. Grasshoppers are a problem that I believe I’m keeping under control with my grasshopper hunt each evening. Slap. Squish. Stomp. No grasshopper is safe. At the beginning of summer they would give me goose bumps. Now, I am a grasshopper exterminator using my gloved hands and Croc covered feet as my weapons of destruction.
Black Hungarian Peppers are similar to the Serranos except they are deep purple. Cue the Deep Purple soundtrack.
There it is. A garden update on all the flowers in the veggie patch.