It truly is the Summer of the Volunteer in this garden. What are you, dear squash family plant? Are you a pumpkin? If so, perhaps the clever ladder support I constructed with such enthusiasm will not be sufficient. Are you a gourd? Zucchini? Other Squash? I was so shocked to find you in my flowerbed this Spring! You’ve alighted in a Volunteer-Friendly Zone, though, so grow on. I think you’ll find good company in your Also-Volunteer Tomato neighbors.
Young Swallow on Fledging Day. When we first spotted him, he was with a sibling on the ground beneath his nest. The sibling took to flight quite easily, lifting off then and there in the awkward, vigorous flapping of a new fledger, but this little guy wasn’t quite ready to join his brood in the skies above the Acres. He spent a day or two around that same area, gathering up strength or nursing an injury from the fall from the nest, but hasn’t been seen since. We hope he’s among the graceful, mosquito-eating skydivers circling our garage regularly.