|Peaks of Anis Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum)|
|Surprising how well maintained the June garden looks like. At the end of September, it's a very different sight, however.|
|Painted Lady flowers.|
|Flowers and tiny beans of Scarlet Runner.|
|Bean flowers can vary greatly in coloration, from tender red and white, to a delicate pink like the picture right here to immaculate white to bloodlike red...|
So what were the successes?
|Strawberries between wooly thyme and gold origano.|
|Linden flowers, red currents (the 3 small branches covered in red, shiny berries, hanging on the bowls' rims), a big bowl of juneberries and a small dish of strawberries.|
|For decorating home-made chocolate pudding.|
|A couple of golden raspberries on maple-syrup drenched waffle, accompanying a latte and home-made ricotta, makes for a very special breakfast!|
|Tomatoes harvest (the big reds are called Pink Vernissage; the small orange ones: Cherry Orange) and a bean harvest of Iroquois Cornbread, all of that stuck (for the photo) in my grape vine which will hopefully produce next year.|
|On the left, the yellow, parasol-shaped flowers of dill, the bright-yellow flowers of Bitsy daylily on the foreground, the green mass of anis hyssop that has yet to flower in the center and the elegant pink and white heads of milkweed on the right.|
It's Propylea Quatuorcimpunctata,14-spotted ladybird beetle or apparently... P-14. It's a variety that eats aphids and other soft-bodied insects. And despite their cocoons, my dill bounced back and I could do a decent harvest of seeds.
|Dill seeds harvest and in the background, a fluffy belly.|
As a closing comment, I'd like to come back to the fact that in a world where performance seems to be the only thing worth of measurement, where failure is seen as a personnal flaw, I want to mention that those criteria simply shouldn't be applied to gardening and our work as gardeners. If it was the case, not a lot of us would take time doing it, since gardening, either by our hand or mother Nature will result in some amount of failures. It is perfectly normal in a world that's ever-changing, that's always in evolution. Some plants will wane after a while, to be replaced by plants that wouldn't have managed it at first. It's nothing to take personnally or as a gradation of our success, it's just there to be observed and we have to respect that fact of life.