Friday, July 21, 2006

How My Garden Does Grow

This spring we buried a soaker hose under the vegetable garden, and it seems to have been quite a success. In fact, the tomato plants are a little monstrous at this point—even adjusting for the raised beds, they have to be over 5' tall. We have already enjoyed chard, cherry tomatoes, and small zucchini, and the pattypan squash (a volunteer plant from last year) is starting to produce. Jalapeno and banana peppers are just waiting to be picked. A lone eggplant is peeking shyly from under its leafy canopy. Rainbow chard waves from the shadiest section of the garden. Three types of basil, two varieties of thyme, chives, garlic chives, rosemary, lavender, and mint all wait to add their two cents. Ahhh. A bountiful garden is a blessing, indeed.

Tomato plant-tastic! I am 5'10" and included for scale.

Delicious heirloom cherry tomatoes. Wish I could remember what they're called!

Future zucchini a la Georgia O'Keefe.

How could something so cute be a member of the nightshade family? (Yeah, I know, so are my lovely tomatoes, and the peppers, too!)

What IS this stuff? It's such a pretty weed...

Balloon flowers are the best blue.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently discovered your very fabulous blog :)

A tomato plant over 5'! Good gracious. My lone tomato plant is a bit of a monster as well. It's about 4' tall and 3' wide. It must be the season... I scored over 10 pints of raspberries from bushes that produced a puny few cups last year. I was miraculously gifted with a second rhubarb plant (it appeared out of nowhere), and it's still producing lots of stalks.

Now. If I could just convince Husband that we really didn't need our lawn, I'd grow some corn, squash and watermelon!

~ Patsy's Daughter ~

12:06 AM  
Blogger Lemony said...

Hey! It's so good to hear from you, P's D.! (aka CB)

Well, you're more than welcome to drive over and help yourself to a few zucchini! My raspberries were plentiful as well—unfortunately, we were on our trip for the zenith of their ripeness, and our dog sitter didn't eat as many as we hoped he would, ergo, we returned to find dried up raspberry corpses still on the bush. It was really sad: I would have told other friends to come and harvest if I had know they would go to waste. Sigh. At least yours got et up.

Be Well!


3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you get BLUE balloon flowers? All I can find around here are purple. Not that I mind purple flowers, donja know, but I'm on a blue flower kick right now. I got some delphiniums which are the most beautiful shade of cobalt.

I like that purple flower/weed too. Do you know what it is? Does your mumma? Who decides if its a wild flower or a weed? I gots a Queen Anne's lace plant that is the biggest one I've ever seen - prolly over 5'. It has fern-like leaves with prolly >20 lacy blossoms. It came up all by itself. If it was free, is it a weed? I like it. I'm pretty sure I remember paying a buck two eighty for it. Yeah, that's right - I remember it distinctly.

Love youse munch - Noona

7:11 AM  
Blogger Birdie said...

I'd say you should google "phlox" and see if the mystery flower
Lemony, your backyard must feel just a little crowded. That tomato plant reminds me of a lilac
Doncha LOVE the color green?
And PT: I've never seen as many Queen Ann's Lace plants as I have this year...EVERY ditch between Minnesota and Illinois was full of 'em last week when we drove down. Ya think they might all be connected by one massive inter-state root system??? Whew, you're part of something BIG!
Hugs all around,

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, there are lots of Queen Anne's lace around this year and I gots the biggest one so ha ha ha. But what is the difference between a wildflower and a weed? I gots that volunteer QAL and a bunch of volunteer columbines. I like them all. Does that make them wildflowers?

Did you know that QAL is also known as wild carrot? I guess the root is like a carrot and is actually edible. How do you spose a feller would divide that so I can have more QAL and where I want them? Maybe if they are all connected I could just pull it up and a few more would come with it and then I could transplant them. But what's Plan B? It's your job to know these things.


PS - I know you probably enjoy getting your job description from other people. I get the same from Phoophayne who knows my job is to go around and inject dying people. With what - I guess I'm the one who is sposed to know that. My job is to just wander randomly and when I see a dying person, inject them with - who knows? - Pepsi, random drugs, soup - whatever pops into my head at the moment. I guess that's why I love my job.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Lemony said...

Noona: I think that the balloon flowers are purple-blue, periwinkle, if you will. They are prolly the same ones you have there, since I bought them at a large national chain which shall remain nameless.

Mom: Yes, my backyard is just the smallest bit claustrophobic these days, but that's okay--there's nothing like a fresh tomato sandwich on toast.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Bucky said...

your mystery heirloom cherry tomatoes might be Sungold, as best I can tell from the picture...
keep growing!
:) bucky

3:08 PM  

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