<<Featured Image: This picture of some tomatoes on my Sweet 100 plant is, to me, beautiful beyond words. Tomatoes are one of my absolute favorite things. These particular little red orbs are so sweet that they are just like eating candy. My plant is just now starting to produce a few ripe tomatoes, so I am impatiently looking forward to when they are abundant and I can eat them by the handful.>>
If you are tired (already?) of seeing pictures of garden veggies, you just might as well skip this blog because that’s basically all you are going to get for a while (well, except for a few other pictures).
I’ll start off with the fact that I dug up all of the rows of Parris Island Romaine lettuce this week because the leaves were starting to turn brown. One look at the temperatures from last week will tell you why.
Lettuce doesn’t do well in the heat. The other bed of Bon Vivant Blend lettuce is doing better so I left it for now. I salvaged all of the romaine lettuce that was still good, washed it and packed it in containers in the refrigerator for us to eat during the next week. I must say the lettuce I grew this year has been the best ever, perhaps due to the late onset of summer heat.
The volunteer tomatoes that came up amongst the lettuce are now getting bigger. They all appear to be cherry tomatoes of some sort, but we won’t know which variety until the fruit actually turns color…so it will be a while.
I finally have two zucchini out in the garden! I’ve been waiting for them to appear, and they finally did. Still no sign of female flowers on any of the yellow squash plants, but I hope they come soon. These zucchini will be picked in the next day or two and their final destination will be the grill.
I finally have some jalapeño peppers on some of my plants. I would love to have some of them turn red, but I’m afraid since everything is so late this year, they may not have enough time. I will probably leave a few on the plants just to see if they turn.
I’ve already picked two long pickling cucumbers and now there is another one getting ready. It’s a shame that only this one plant survived as it might turn out to be a good producer. I started out with a 4-pack, so I definitely would have gotten enough to make pickles. As it is, we will probably just cut these up and put them in salads. I’ve also had two lemon cucumbers, but I have 3 of those plants, so it looks like the pickling cuke is the winner.
I’ll spare you more pictures of the green tomatoes, they are just so uninteresting. But something popped into my head the other day while I was out there tying up tomato branches. “If colors had a smell, I think green would be tomato leaves.” Whenever I smell tomato leaves, I immediately think of green. Is that weird?
FLOWERS ON MY BIKE RIDES
I’m still trying to ride my bicycle as much as I can. The weather wasn’t too cooperative last week, but I went early enough a couple of times that the heat didn’t bother me. This week is predicted to be better temperature-wise, so I may get in a few rides. I took some pictures while I was out and about, just for a little variety in the blog. There is one house a few blocks from us that has an absolutely gorgeous yard. I snapped a few shots of their flowers.
We have a butterfly bush like this one, but ours is much smaller. It does get a bit of shade and this one is out in the full, blazing sun. Nevertheless, ours is still pretty.
We used to have bee balm plants in our back planting area. The hummingbirds loved them, those were the plants they always went to first. When we planted them, they were in full sun. Over the years, as our Catalpa tree got bigger and bigger, the bee balm got smaller and smaller. This year it is in total shade, so none of it even came up. About ten years ago, our bee balm was as big as this one in the picture. I remember because I had to tie a string around it to hold it up.
I passed by this hibiscus plant on my bike one day and then backtracked so I could take a picture. A hibiscus flower always reminds me of my mother. She always wanted a hibiscus plant, and one year she finally got one (she usually spent all her money on roses, her favorite). I remember how proud she was of it when it bloomed, and how she called it her “high-biscuit” plant. That always makes me smile.
A FINAL BEER REVIEW FOR A WHILE
Our friend Jerry Radebaugh is taking a break from the beer brewing, so we got our final bottles to review this past week. Jerry said this one was his favorite, and I can see why. This Amber Ale was also one of my favorites, although I lean towards the Lager as being my #1 favorite. The Amber was very smooth and tasty, with nice color. How a beer looks in a glass makes a lot of difference, at least it does to me. Presentation, you know.
Linda and I appreciate Jerry picking us as his taste testers, as we have thoroughly enjoyed trying his beers. We hope we get to try more of his beer in the not-too-distant future.
A WELCOME VISITOR
Despite Covid, we had a visitor this past week. I opened the front door and there he was on the threshold. He took the message on our mat to heart.
Summer Girl is quite particular where she decides to take a nap. She has various spots around the yard that I usually check when I am looking for her. Most of the time she is hidden under a bush or in the currant hedge. But sometimes she decides to be right there in the open.