Dec 23, 2007
Dec 21, 2007
I would like to wish all of my Wonderful and Gentle readers a most Merry of Christmases!! I hope your day is full of wonder, and you find plenty of seeds in your stockings and a tree full of gardening joy!
and to ALL a GOOD NIGHT!!
Dec 19, 2007
So it is nice to have a little chunk of Tropical Paradise in your own home, even if that just means a tiny Spider Plant or a little cactus dish..it all is green and reminiscent of those warm Summer breezes that are a lifetime away....or so it seems at this moment.
My little paradise is in my dining room. Now don't get me wrong, that room is tiny, hardly big enough for the table let alone any elaborate plant set-up, but with the help of a few nice window shelves that my Better-Half built, I can keep a few nice pots of the green stuff to get me by until veggie season comes around again.
This is what I found the other day when I was in checking to see who needed a drink.....
And it is not a trick of photographic angles, that lemon really is that tiny.
Well, I am off to have my shot glass full of Lemon-Ade, while I sit on the radiator.
The next best thing to Summer....yeah right.
Dec 16, 2007
So for now my gentle readers, my posting will be sporadic as I try to find excitement in my meager array of houseplants.Don't get me wrong, I adore my houseplants.....but.....there is something about a veggie garden that gets me going, and my garden is sound asleep til May. I will try to shake off my drowsy Wintry stupor as plants in my house catch eye, but posting will resume vigor come the February seed-o-rama.
For now here is a picture of the last of the Rio Grande paste tomatoes that I picked green at the end of October, and have been ripening slowly in a bag since....
And now this is what it looks like outside my door, a world away from the warm vegetable garden.
We are having a round of sleet and freezing rain today....oh joy.....
Dec 2, 2007
Today is the first Sunday in December. My family's traditional day to go and get a tree for our Christmas. What a nice surprise for us this morning that it finally snowed a little. I love the season's first real snow, the town looks so glorious with a powder sugar dusting of snow. Maybe it will turn to rain later on like the weatherman says, but for now we are putting up our tree while a gentle snow falls, and its beginning to feel like Christmas.
Nov 30, 2007
In the meantime, I sit here at my computer, anticipating the varieties I know for sure I will grow this summer. Then while looking at some of the seed sites I find myself fantasizing about how many more seeds I can get my hands on. I am, after all, on the quest for the six best varieties to take up permanent residence in my small but workable vegetable plot. Not to mention, I am also in the market for 3 to 4 Cherry Tomatoes to call the family favorites as well. However, at the rate I am going, collecting seed varieties, it will be a decade of experimenting with new found tomatoes before I will be able to call any six the absolute best, in my humble opinion of course. It really wouldn't be so hard to do this. Except, for every new gardening site or blog I stumble across, there is a new tomato fan touting the ultimate tastiness of a variety I have never heard of...and since from what I have heard there are 10,000 or so Heirloom varieties out there, I may be constantly adding on to my list well into my twilight years without ever picking the final Six.
In all fairness, there are worse things in this world than having to taste tomatoes.I do so enjoy posting here and comparing the varieties that I have gotten ahold of over time. Some of the outcomes of my Taste Testing came as quite a surprise to me, and I cant wait to see what surprises are in store for next Summer. Now all I need to do is get through the coming winter, and I can be back in the saddle tasting and critiquing the best of Summers delicacies!
Is it Spring yet???
Nov 26, 2007
I am so happy with the way these bloomed this season. I must admit, I remember this one being pinker than it is, but they say the memory is the first thing to go so what can I tell ya'.
I am a bit disappointed in my new baby cacti, it grew a few buds, but they seem to be stuck in tiny mode. I guess they just didn't get enough cold weather to set them , and get them moving. Oh Well, there is always next season for them.
I feel badly that this is a Veggie site that goes light on flowers, and lately all I have to talk about is flowers, but I promise that soon will come seeding time, and I will be brimming over with vegetable-y stories!! Until then my good friends, I must rely on my seasonal flowers to fill the time until vegetable season starts again.
I may sneak in a shot of my stunted lemon though, just to fill in some gaps.
You never know what you might stumble upon here on any given day ...... :)
Nov 20, 2007
I received this strange little plant as a gift from an online gardening friend last year. I was sure that I would kill it, as I had not even known they existed, let alone what I should do to get it to grow. Now after months of watching it like a hawk, and praying that the little onion-like bulb would actually set down and grow some roots, I am pleased to show everyone my Beautiful pregnant Onion in its youthful glory.
I cannot wait for her to start putting out her own little Onion Pups, they are pretty cute.
Nov 18, 2007
Nov 13, 2007
These geraniums were brought in for the Winter about 3 weeks ago, so I guess he has been amusing himself in my Geraniums for that length of time happy as a bug in a ...well....Geranium.
Now he has a new home in a jar with the leaf he was on and a cling wrap sky with a few holes punched in it. I would have been happier putting him outside where bugs belong, but I feel too guilty about puting him out in the killing cold. So looks like he found a home.
I now am on a quest of knowledge to find out what, if anything he may become someday...oh and for a good name.
Nov 12, 2007
The color is almost there on this beauty above, I think I am starting to recall just what color it actually will be.
This one is so close you can almost see the beautiful cascading blooms...I cant wait to show you how this one turns out.
This little guy here has the best buds of them all. It is surprising how raising this little plant from a discarded piece of foliage has brought it so deeply into my favor. I am so excited , I can barely wait to see the color it turns out to be. I am hoping for a true red.
So as you see, things are changing slowly but surely, and since I have had a sneak preview of next weekend, I can promise you that things are going to get way more exciting then!! See you next weekend when the saga of the Cacti Trio continues to bloom.....
Oct 31, 2007
Oct 30, 2007
I still get to be proud of the fact that my garlic is now completely planted and just waiting to grow into luscious bulbs. I am also proud that the last of the full sized Eggplant have been harvested to become wonderfully pickled, I haven't uprooted the plant as I have found another egg sized fruit that will hopefully grow at a rapid rate to beat the freeze that will most likely be here in a week or two. There are still the chili peppers waiting for harvest but seeing as they haven't turned that lovely bright orange-red that they are known for doing, I will leave them out until the last possible minute, and maybe even forget the plants until next Spring. So all that being taken into consideration, the rest of the garden is pretty much finished and just waiting for Spring to roll around once more.
Oct 29, 2007
I just love this picture of my Pup Marco so I had to put it up here!! I know he has nothing technically to do with gardening, but he is always more than eager to accompany me out to the gardens and if we didn't have the vegetable beds fenced in, he would be even more happy to romp through them and sample all the veggie goodness that lies therein!
The days are getting much colder, the smell of hams and bacon and hickory wood burning are in the air. Apples are at their sweetest, and the cider is flowing . Pumpkins are everywhere glowing that fabulous dusky orange.Pies and breads are coming out of the oven at a furious pace now that the temperature has dropped, and they warm the house in a wonderfully aromatic way.Now there isn't much left to do out in the yard beyond picking the last of the eggplant and chili peppers .That and putting the last of the garlic in the ground.
How fast the Summer went by, even with the extended tomato season this year....I know its just an illusion , but still it sure seems like there will be a lifetime before that first tasty young tender Spinach salad of the Spring comes around again , it's hard to wait.... but for now it's time to just enjoy all of the cozy things that autumn and winter bring.
Oct 28, 2007
I spent the afternoon, with the help of my two fabulous kids, bringing the whole gaggle of houseplants back in for the Winter as I have heard whisperings that there may be some scattered frost. So if the pictures of my plants are less than stellar the fact that they are no longer being photographed under the canopy of the big blue sky will explain it all. I am sure the shots will improve as the Winter progresses so have no fear!! ;)
Thanks for stopping by and, check back often for updates on the Christmas Cactus Bloomathon !!
Oct 25, 2007
Today I harvested the majority of my savory herbs. I didn't completely de-nude the plants, as the weather here has been fairly moderate. I am figuring that those wonderful herbs still have a few weeks of growing and providing fresh foliage for my culinary quests , so I am leaving them pretty bushy. In addition, what I harvested , added to what I have left over from last time I cut them back and dried them, along with the Rosemary and Sweet Bay that will come inside, should just about get me thru the Winter.
They do look lovely though.....
Tomorrow they Dry.....
Oct 21, 2007
I think that the Rio Grande Plum tomatoes evident in the picture are extremely telling of the weather we have been experiencing around the area lately. I knew planting the extras in pots was going to turn out to be a good idea!
Next week we will go back to Adventures in Christmas Cacti ....I promise :)
Oct 19, 2007
Now I am starting to feel bad . I am neglecting the joys of the many other types of vegetables I grow. Eggplants so lovely in their shades of purple,white, green and cream....peppers of every color,size and sweet to heat....cucumbers, oh my lovely crisp , cool cucumbers, so versatile....and not to forget zucchini and garlic, green beans and snow peas....Summer seems so far away now.
At least I have my love of apples to keep me going....but thats for another day.
Oct 16, 2007
Oct 14, 2007
The guy up above is the one I have had the longest. I bought it about 5-6 years ago at a garden Center that no longer exists. This big beauty was a scrawny mess tucked away in the discount area....my luck, it not only flourished , but the following season a variegated Spider Plant popped up in the pot along with it!! This one is just starting to set some nice buds.
This beauty I have had for a few years. It is catching up in size to my big older buddy, and it has set the ,most buds the quickest this season. I dont think this one is even going to wait for thanksgiving to bloom!!
This is my new little guy. I found a leaf sitting on the plant table at a department store last winter, so I rescued it and hoped for the best with rooting. Well I am so pleased that he is doing so well in his tiny 4 inch home. I cannot wait to see if he will bloom this year, and if it does, what color it will be.
So keep checking back for updates on their progress!! :)
Oct 12, 2007
This means a nearing end of my vegetable garden for this season. I knew it had to happen eventually, but as this veggie season kept dragging on, it seemed that there would be an endless supply of luscious tomatoes of every size and color deep into the pristine crystal clear days of Autumn. Unfortunately I got a good look at the garden yesterday during a break in the much needed rain, and much to my dismay, the tomato plants are looking like death.There is still an enormous amount of tomatoes in every stage of ripening on them, but the plants themselves are closer to death than life. So with a heavy heart I will take two large bowls out with me on Sunday and place the tomatoes with color in one, and the largest of the greenies in the other. Then with a fond farewell, I will pull up the plants that have sustained me so selflessly these past 3 months.
On the brighter side of things, the chili peppers are still as pretty as they were in June. Even nicer my bargain store eggplants don't seem to want to quit, but after the next two fruit are big enough to harvest , they are getting yanked as well.
Its a wonderful consolation though, knowing that it wont be long before we can start seriously contemplating seeds for the 2008 season!!
Oct 10, 2007
Oct 7, 2007
So here today is my lovely Pineapple Sage starting to blossom. I never really expected this to be a favorite bloomer of mine, but what do ya' know!! I bought it truthfully because the idea of Pineapple Sage in my fresh Summer herbal iced tea made my mouth happy. Now I am hoping that I can keep this guy going through the winter as the flowers are absolutely stunning. This is almost a shrub in size so I am excited about the impact it will have once it is in full splendor. I will try to get a picture of it on here when it is glorious full bloom, but for now there is just this one beauty and a bunch of buds for me to share with you.
See You All next Sunday, when I will either decide on who will become the next plant participant in our Sunday Bloomathon, or showcase the glorious Pineapple Sage in its full Glory!!
Oct 4, 2007
Oct 3, 2007
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Oct 1, 2007
Sep 30, 2007
Up close Thursday night!! Glad my neighbors didn't freak out with me lurking in the yard in my pajamas with my camera and all !!
Then on Friday morning after some light rain, more skirted in appearance and definitely fully colored and a much deeper shade of pink...and I think I was still in my pj's.
So now its time for me to figure out what my next Green Thumb Sunday Subject will be. I believe it will probably bounce back and forth between a few different things for the next month or two....... see you next week for the next Green Thumb Sunday saga !!
Sep 28, 2007
Lo and Behold ,it seems as if my patch of dirt doesn't want to believe the calendar!! It is still gloriously Summer in the back 40....
I cant imagine this kind of harvest will go on for much longer, but it sure was a nice surprise to end up with a bowlful of Summery goodness when I was actually going out to plan what got ripped out of the ground first.
Next week you get to see the pretty festive looking Aster picture I took on my way to the back yard....
Sep 24, 2007
Sep 23, 2007
So make sure and stay tuned for the exciting saga of the Blooming Brugmansia!!
Sep 20, 2007
I would have taken a picture to update you with, but it seems that this little fellow is doomed to remain a golf ball sized pumpkin.
What is weird is that this is on the same side of the garden as my mini butternut squash. SO this almost leads me to believe that there is something in the soil that is miniaturizing my winter squash. I would have said my crop and I would have said convinces me that there is something in that soil, but about 1 foot away is a zucchini that produced many fine sized vegetables. I did however have 2 zucchini plants that produced smaller than normal fruit, but those were in between 2 plants that produceda crop of average sized zucchini....so I don't know what to think at this point. Mother Nature is playing tricks on me again...
I will let you all know if there is a sudden burst of growing.
Sep 18, 2007
So I promised myself that I wouldn't post pictures of my pizzas on this blog, and now I am breaking my promise. I cant help it. This pizza deserves its moment in the spotlight!!
And here is what it looked like in the process of becoming that gorgeous pizza you see above^
^Here it is with just the basic crust with peeled and seeded fresh tomatoes just gently torn and scattered about along with a drizzle of Olive Oil.
^Now here it is with some freshly shredded Pecorino Romano Cheese.
^And finally all Mozzarella-ed up and ready for the oven.
Boy that was a good pizza. Usually I use a pre-made sauce and make a very thin crust then cook it on the pizza bricks that my Father left me, but I think that this is really my favorite way to have pizza. Just fresh and simple.There is something about the tomatoes in little hunks like this, you get some mouth fulls that are mostly cheesy, and some that just burst with fresh summery tomato goodness, now how can you beat that ! I wish there were some left overs...
Sep 17, 2007
Now herein lies my dilemma. The more varieties I hear mentioned, the more seeds I feel the need to acquire. Already the list of tomatoes that I want to try is getting completely out of hand, but I keep adding to it. Of course it wouldn't be so bad if I only added the tomatoes that I hear fellow gardeners waxing poetic over....no that would be all right. No my problem comes from looking at the Seed Sites and thru the Seed Catalogues for those aforementioned seeds. That is when the real trouble begins. I just fall victim to all of the beautiful pictures and tasty descriptions, and little by little without me even realising it, many of those tomatoes end up on my "Must Have "list. Plus to make matters even worse, many of those Seed Companies end up Bookmarked and in my favorites for easy access.Whats a gardener to do?!?
Lately...I have been finding the peppers and cucumbers adding them selves to my list....I think its a conspiracy!!!
Oh and if anyone has suggestions for a good pepper to use for CHILIES RELLENOS, let me know so I can add it to my seed list.....
Sep 16, 2007
Make sure and check back next Sunday for more Brugmansia blooming Excitement!!
Gardeners, Plant and Nature lovers can join in every Sunday, visit
Sep 14, 2007
I stroll back to the main veggie garden and decide to open the gate and take a closer peak inside. Since I am still amazed that, after the initial harvesting of maybe 7 or 8 eggplants off of my "Managers Special 4 for .99 cents", there was a new eggplant . I figured it was getting too cold, but I was so obviously wrong.
At anyrate, I digress......So after opening the gate and stepping in for a closer inspection. What do my wondering eyes spy, 3 more egg sized Eggplant . What is really amazing , every honey bee and bumble bee in town is trying to pollinate my eggplant blossoms. I am figuring that by this time next week, I will have parmigian-ed up the original late season fruit, and made plans for the newer three....and possinbly because of all of the bee action going on , spied maybe a few more baby fruit.
This has been one encouraging vegetable season here ...I hope next season goes as well.
Back to the Eggplants....I was just about to start heaving those little suckers right out by their roots, when what do I spy?????
The Eggplant have decided that they are not ready to leave this year. Well,I guess as long as they are still going to bribe me with cute little softball sized black orbs of eggplanty goodness.... then the garlic is just going to have to wait.
Looks like my laziness is paying off all over the garden....
These are some gorgeous Black from Tula tomatoes that I had intended on pulling up back in the later half of August when it had seemed that they were done for the year....fooled me , huh?!?