Monday, August 13, 2018

Flower Shares: Week Eight

Hello all!

Welp, it is still wet. Wet, wet, wet. The plants are all a little soggy, but luckily my soil has a sandier makeup, and is continuing to drain. Many farms in the Pioneer Valley, and down the road at the Farm School, have more clay, and folks head out to harvest with puddles forming in the fields. We're all dreaming of sunnier days!

The wet weather also means a dire amount of mosquitoes down in the field. Here is a rare and very serious photo of your friendly farmer, in full harvest garb. Gloves and head netting non-negotiable at 6:00 AM down there!

This week in your shares, you will find a combination of:


Had a few more interesting insect sightings this week! Check out this Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillar in the cynoglossum:

And here's a slightly blurry photo of a Hummingbird Moth. It was tough to capture a clear, still image, since these guys can beat their wings at 85 beats per second! Check out this feature from PBS to learn more about these amazing insects. Are you a bird? A giant stinging insect sent to kill? Nope, just a friendly pollinator.

Lastly, here's a photo of an amazing two-toned calendula. Nature is pretty spectacular, huh?

Hope you have a wonderful week, all!


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