It's just a long planting of marigolds. But to this little guy, it's a forest!
The weather has been swinging back into warmer temperatures. It makes it easier to go down to the garden and resume the old watering routine. As I began watering, I noticed movement in the marigolds and found this baby lizard. He was perched lengthwise along a marigold flower with his head peaking up and watching insects flit around. I crouched down and looked at his world from his vantage point and was inspired to one day paint a marigold forest.
This shot especially reminds me of Japanese landscape paintings with their idealized mountains. These marigolds create that same appearance of mountains. How fun it will be to paint it!
For now, I can just muster the energy to carry out my responsibilities without adding a painting to the mix. I envy those who have been able to rally themselves and do all they usually do along with canning their garden's bounty. This year I had honest intentions of teaching myself to can, but alas, it wasn't meant to be this year! Maybe next year I'll be more mentally prepared for the new venture!
As the weather cools, I decided I will try to save my pepper plants by potting them up and bring them indoors with us. This one is an Anaheim Pepper. The beetles chewed it up, so it looks a little worse for wear!
A couple other peppers need transplanting before frost hits. Until then, I've already brought in a parsley and thyme plant in case they don't survive the winter.
Things sure seem to be slowing down, including me!