Just last week when my dad brought me beautiful cucumbers grown from the plants I gave him I complained that my garden had grown none. Well, I was wrong. While searching for pumpkin babies to photograph, I discovered some not so little cucumbers hidden between the vines and under the large leaves. A look back to my planting map shows a Marketmore Cucumber in the back corner of the bed. I forgot! This my friends is one of my favorite parts of gardening - the surprises! Sometimes, for instance, a plant looks like it isn't going to make it but comes back and does very well like the tomato plants in my borrowed bed. They looked so poorly for a while that I planted new plants directly next to them which explains the overcrowding, lack of fruit problem I now face.
In other garden news, the Tavera Beans provided a lovely side for dinner one evening. Garden baby wasn't all over them in raw form as you can see. She preferred them much better cooked lightly and dressed with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of coarse salt. We are also picking raspberries everyday and have gotten a few ripe tomatoes here and there. The peppers are doing pretty well also. The large amount of rain this season has brought us has me a bit worried about the bucket tomatoes. The soil is constantly wet and the plants are looking yellowish. I'm thinking that I should have drilled more drainage holes and placed the buckets on a frame of some sort that would allow the water to flow out easier. Always something to learn when gardening!
Scenes from the Garden
"Rain, rain go away. Come again another day," so says the song anyway. My garden welcomed the rain this past week and a traipse through the paths led to many happy finds. Well, mostly happy anyway. How about those mushrooms above? These fungi are everywhere except in the fairy garden where they would be perfect. Take a look at what else is popping up along the Green Brick Road...
They are finally blooming and oh so pretty! These gems are edible too but I have yet to try them. Too pretty to eat.
The marigolds planted from High Mowing Organic Seeds are starting to bloom and neighbor Steve brought me some beautiful geraniums. My grandmother's poppies bloomed during the rain but I still caught a glimpse.
Wee tomatoes, itty bitty peppers, and hints of beans and cucumbers to come. The pallet garden looks just dandy and we're picking strawberries and raspberries. The ugly? Scrawny zucchini that may or may not produce, rabbit nibbled spinach, and holes in the beans. Naturally I only photographed the pretties...
Fairy Garden News
Disaster has struck the fairy garden! I kinda knew that I should have coated the fairy houses with something awful and toxic but was trying to avoid it. As a result, our houses look prematurely weathered. On a positive note, we have some new entries!
Last but not least!
At first glance the poppy plant is raggedy but closer inspection reveals its beauty. What will that green cone become? We will soon find out. Stay posted!
Welcome to The Green Brick Road. My name is Valerie, and I invite you to join me and my family on our gardening adventure. We hope that you will learn with us and grow with us. Pun intended!