Since I’m clean out of garden photos from commentors, you’re stuck with my pathetic freeholding. This is Zevon, tomato connoisseur, inspecting “his” vines — the planters are on the other side of the fence, but he’s entitled to pick all the Sun Gold and Sweet Treat cherry tomatoes that cascade over it, a duty he addresses with great seriousness.
The spindly little sapling dividing the shot is a mail-order tri-grafted Asian pear, planted last summer. Viewpoint is a 45-degree angle from the cellphone shots I posted a few weeks back… planters along both sides of a strip of asphalt driveway, a divider strip planted with lilacs, an asphalt sidewalk and into the city street. There are also blueberry bushes on Zevon’s side of the fence, but they didn’t flower or fruit this year, alas. Urban homesteading!
For fairness, the photos below are black-and-white Gloria, failing to understand the attraction of nicotine-scented plant matter (she’ll eat ripe tomatoes, but she doesn’t appreciate Zevon’s dedication to their cultivation). And finally Sydney, puppy-mill-born pet-store rescue, who would rather invite himself up onto the table to investigate the Spousal Unit’s breakfast than play in the grass.
So, to repeat the standing
plea invitation: Email your garden pictures to AnneLaurie @ verizon. net (or click on my name near the top of the right-hand column). There must be some harvest shots worth sharing!
anne i think you are a little bit racist
I’ll send you some garden photos once I clean the place up a bit…
Here’s my obligatory 9/11 post. 9/11, a day of remembrance, or as Glenn Beck calls it, “the bestest day EVAH!”
This post seems quite disparaging towards ABL….
I guess we’re all into snark today, hmmm?
I finished putting in the [container] fall garden last weekend and it has rained every. single. day. since then.
Fortunately, everything drains well, so they haven’t drowned.
I am a little concerned, though, because so many of the seedlings look alike and they’re supposed to be different plants. Yes, I planted things that I haven’t grown before and so I don’t know what they’re supposed to look like.
It will be an adventure!
I forgot to mention: Nice canine family you have, Anne. :-)
Last weekend we assembled a new shed. Today I’ll move the usable tools & materials out of the dilapidated 50 year old shed and start throwing away and recycling the junk that’s collected in there. The old shed will have to come down. Then we have to have a volunteer apple tree behind it removed. The tree’s dropped fruit has become an attractive nuisance to wasps and mice, and the tree is all up in the utility wires. I hate to kill an apple tree but this one is 100% trouble.
Just sent pictures of my ripe figs (now all eaten). The tomatoes are still finishing up. If anybody has experience in overwintering a fig tree in a zone 5 area, I’ll accept any advice. Right now, I plan to let it go dormant, surround by leaves and store in the garage till spring.
NE IL/ Zone 5-5.5. The Tommy Toe cherry tomato has been a pretty steady producer these last few weeks–I have a cereal bowl full of fruit that I pick at like candy. There are enough ripe Siberians and Mountain Fresh to justify a pot of freezer marinara today, and enough basil to justify at least a small batch of pesto. Temps are supposed to dip into the 40s overnight a couple of times over the course of the week. That would be enough to trigger late blight, assuming the mulching I did this year doesn’t provide enough protection. Also assuming that the damned contagion doesn’t just drift over from a neighbor’s yard. Not the best year, gardening-wise.
Meanwhile, King is inside lobbying for a second breakfast; Gaby is outside, looking for something to kill. A typical Sunday morning.
How is this racist? I imagine she described her dog as black and white because in 2 out of 3 photos the dog looks brown and white. At first I thought they were 2 different dogs.
Raven (formerly stuckinred)
The drought persists. The tropical storm missed us last week. The bride ran the damn water for 3 hours yesterday. Help.
Gloria has the devil’s eye thing going on, doesn’t she?
I’m getting ready to put my garden to bed for the year. I don’t know what happened, but suddenly all my tomatoes are bland and mealy. Very sad.
To console myself, I went out and got a Kindle and downloaded the first in the Game of Thrones series. It’s very dense. I’m normally a fast reader (finished the last Harry Potter door stopper in less than three hours) but have been at this one for a full six and am only now halfway through it. Now I want to check out the HBO series, but don’t want to be spoiled. Anyone know where there are in the books’ timeline so I’ll know when it’s safe?
How dare you wave your garden in our faces! There’s a drought in Texas!
BD of MN
I think they are. Zevon and Gloria, according to the text… (And Sydney for the third…)
Cliff in NH
I’ve got 5 more ripe tomatoes in the last few days.
There are still a whole lot more on the Patio!
Beefmasters are begging to be tied up better, one vine fell down yesterday.
I can’t wait to try one of the Beefmasters, they are gaining weight =)
Now, I’m off to walk the doggie!
@Raven (formerly stuckinred): I’ve got trees dropping green leaves. A very bad sign.
Our drought has been so bad that I sorta gave up. Not completely though because I was out 2 days ago and I bought 200 spring bulbs to add to the hundreds already planted from previous years. Gardeners are optimistic that way. AL, your dogs are adorable!
THREE Papillons?? Your house must be crazy fun…or maybe just crazy.
Tomatoes, pumpkins, peas, beans and okra. And a new dog, Ace, a 7 year old terrier mix who joined the family at an adoption fair yesterday afternoon.
Gloria’s got some zombie-looking eye action going there.
My Sungold’s are finally ripening. Usually they start coming in around late July. But due to the endless rain and see-sawing temps, it’s been a really weird growing year.
But…tried a globe variety of zucchini this year and they’re delicious.
Just emailed a photo of a midweek pick. My grape tomatos are dying off quickly, but the larger ones, (Century, Early Girls and Romas) are still hanging in. I don’t know why, but bell peppers seem to really get going in Sept. Otherwise, we planted some more lettuce and are getting ready to replant for a winter garden.
Debit: You think the first book is dense? I am reading the fifth (Dancing with Dragons). I have enjoyed everyone, but many of the chapter paralell the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, and it has been so long since I read the third book that I am having trouble remembering all the characters and plot turns.