|Finally some yellow! The first of our dozens of sunflowers|
have bloomed. I can't figure out the variety of this one!
|Still waiting on these sunflowers to bloom,|
but in my 4 day absence, they grew to be taller than me.
We planted 4 different varieties, and several came up as volunteers...
we're itching to see what all blooms.
This morning I arrived back home after a trip to upstate New York. Though I was ready for the 4 day retreat into the beautiful hills that my best friend calls home, I was also anxious about leaving my garden in order to take the mini-vacation.
It's only four days, right? As my fellow gardeners know, four days in the height of summer can mean a lot of dramatic changes.
Since I walk through my gardens daily--usually every few hours you'll find me wandering among my planted nooks and crannies--an entire four days was sure to bring bigger changes than I was accustomed to. Though there were no huge harvests ready, and there were no disasters awaiting me (I did worry), a few things did stun me just enough to put a smile on my face. Here is my welcome-home-walk through the garden:
|View from neighbor's yard. The 8 year old neighbor girl is so tickled|
that some stuff is growing on her side. :)
|Mexican sour gherkins; dozens of them!|
|These got too big, I should have picked them before I left.|
|Dozens of little pickling cukes popping out|
|Pole beans are starting to climb all over their teepee and the fence|
|These bush beans, planted in a straw bale,|
are doing terribly. Yellowed, eaten, half dead.
|Despite the fact that the plants are ragged and half dead, they|
keep trying to give us more green beans
|A couple of handful of snow peas were begging to be picked...|
|and I handed one to Noah, who was swimming while I checked out the gardens.|
He LOVES snow peas!
|A new crop of peas--these are sugar snaps--burst through the straw bale|
that I sowed them in before I left.
|Lots of red appeared while I was gone|
|A sight for travel weary eyes; my trusty tomatoes. :)|
|Habaneros are getting there!|
They were tiny buds when I left.
|Lots of jalapenos!|
|The kohlrabi has been hit hard by cabbage moths this year,|
but there are several that have made it and are nearing
|New planting of kohlrabi poked through while I was gone.|
|We still have no idea what this volunteer plant is! It has reached the|
soffits and is continuing to spread, with lots of little flower buds.
Will it produce anything? We'll see!
|Even though the cucumbers had grown to a hulking size, they tasted delicious!|