Tuesday, August 31, 2010
It looks like there will be an abundance of apple pies this fall. Then there are apple gallettes, apple butter, apple sauce...Even though the apples are not quite ripe yet, apparently they are ripe enough for the squirrels. Everyday, there are many half eaten apples laying on the ground.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
This is dried Love in a Mist. While it's blooming it has soft medium green colored threadlike leaves with little white or blue star flowers that almost look like mini crowns on the tips. While it looks very delicate, it comes up early in spring and readily withstands our late snowfalls. The star flowers become brown 1" ball seed heads. I love that they reseed themselves. I just clipped off all the seed heads, pulled out the stems and will share them with friends that want them.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I know these look like paper lanterns, but they are really tomatillo tomatoes. I am very excited about them. At first the plant grows tall and leggy, like mums that were fertilized and grew too early in the season. After researching, I learned that you need two tomatillos in order for them to cross pollinate. I was very disappointed, thinking I would not have any fruit this year, but decided to let it grow anyway. Low and behold, I now have nearly 2 dozen paper lanterns growing. I pray this is not giving me false hope and that little tomatoes are growing inside those lanterns. We'll see. Keep your fingers crossed.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
We went down to Rocky Ford for a few days, and came back with a bushel of Roasted Big Jim Chili's. Of course that meant peeling, seeding and de-veining along with packaging for future use. We also brought back 50 ears of fresh corn that had to be blanched and then removed from the cob.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Our very best friends are here from the Florida Keys for a fun filled week with us. Something I really look forward to. My girlfriend and I really enjoy cooking together. They brought fresh Spiney lobster tails that
they caught during mini season, a couple weeks before. They were part of our menu one evening, just delicious.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This is one of four Geum's in my planter with Lamium and Rose Campion surrounding them. It's a small mounding plant that throws out orange flowers on 18" shoots, straight up from the center. This plant also can be found with yellow flowers. I have a couple of those at the edge of the path, walking back to the grape arbor along with Coreposis and Black Eyed Susans.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I took these photos at mornings first light. There's a marketmore cucumber, with a pickling cucumber growing next to it. Do you notice the 'bright lights' Swiss chard red stems just behind them? Good salad days are here, along with more gazpacho and some pickle making.
These sunflowers are nearly eight feet tall. Just after I took the photo of the cucumbers, I looked up and saw that brilliant yellow flower against the blue sky. There is never a need to plant sunflower seeds, the birds always take care of the planting. I don't allow many to be present in the vegetable garden because as they grow they tend to block out the valuable sun rays, but I did leave a few in the center of the garden this year. They make me smile.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Echineacea, also known as the Coneflower, comes in purple and white.