Here's the center vegetable garden. Cucumbers growing up the trellis, zucchini in the middle and tomatoes at the end. We have already started harvesting zucchini and if the kids don't stay on top of it, we easily end up with 2 foot long zucchinis. I saw the first of the cucumbers hanging down today- the lovely Japanese variety.
Caterpillars, caterpillars and more caterpillars munching on our bronze fennel. The more the merrier- the kids love to watch them.
Some of our zucchini really taking off. If the kids wait too long to get there, they can easily grow to club size. I took one home the other day and baked 48 zucchini muffins out of 1 zucchini.
Pineapple sage with zinnias growing in front. The pineapple sage has been phenomenal this year, really took off a ton more than last year. Must have just settled in.
Lambs ear with purple coneflower behind it.
The lambs ear is just swarming with bees right now as it is flowering. Let's take a closer look.
When the kids get a little nervous out there about the buzzing, I just have them chant their mantra: bees are pollinating, bees are pollinating, bees are pollinating.
A gorgeous stand of purple coneflowers this year. Some of the preschool girls love to bring these in to their teachers in the morning. Just fine with me as it keeps the plants producing more.
These guys are just fantastic. But very fast to grow and disappear. One day I'll have fifteen of them on there, 3 days later all gone. Where do these guys go anyway when they go to chrysalis stage? I don't see them hanging around anywhere...
And finally, our santolina with its delicate yellow flowers. These guys are so great in gardens, just really stand up to weather and slowly, slowly, slowly get bigger.
I'm always so excited to see this garden through the seasons as it has been changing and growing. And the kids always shout at me and ask me what I see going on that is new. It's great to see them really connected with the space and I'm looking forward to working with this program to make it even stronger.