One thing I have learnt. When you leave town for a month expect to come home to a lot of weeds in the garden and maybe the odd nice surprise. We arrived home last evening after a trip to England followed by a cruise into the Eastern Mediterranean. It is all very well having those rudbeckias and zinnias seeding in the gravel paths but you have to accept the weeds along with them....... and boy were they bad. How is it they manage to keep growing even when there is no rain and 100 degree days! It will probably take at least a week to get on top of them.
I was sure I had removed every Texas sunflower from the back bed but three are growing and stand about 4' tall- in just 4 weeks.
The cage over the squash bed has been a great success. There is no sign of squash vine borer.
Tomorrow I will be roasting the Roma tomatoes to freeze for the winter.
The garden has been full of birds enjoying the seed heads on the blanket flowers. Two geckos have moved into the house. We have had no success trying to remove them. Maybe they will eat the spiders.