Sunday, July 27, 2008

Eat your veggies ...

We enjoyed Sugar Snap peas and Nantes Half Long carrots from our garden tonight. It made for a delicious meal coupled with King salmon from Fisherman's Terminal and sweet corn from our farmers market.The carrots curled in various directions, which tells me I need more depth in the vegetable beds. Some of them also were sprouting extra limbs and I'll need to figure that one out. They had a wonderful flavor, though.
Our peas are a great treat at dinner or as a little snack while plucking them from the vine. I'd also planted Snowbird peas back in April but they aren't fairing as well. I fear being closer to the shadow of our winter squash is inhibiting their growth. Or they got too thirsty.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bug or Beast?

I went to run out to the car tonight and when I opened the door heard a somewhat familiar buzzing sound. The source was about 30 feet from our house, which meant not just an ordinary bee if I could hear it.

I sent the spousal unit to capture photos and footage because I for sure was not going near a bee that big. But upon closure inspection I don't believe our guest is a bee. Any guesses because we don't have a clue.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hello Garden, it's me ...

Finally a spare moment to see what's happened in the garden since I've been absent. As I sheepishly made my way through the garden, apologizing for my slight, I found the nasturtium taking off in the vegetable bed, as are the peas, squash and tomotoes. I worry the peppers are too much in the shadow of fading chard and have been stunted by the treatment.
The path to our front door is bursting with color, so much so that guests are accosted when they approach. I need to revisit this area of the garden and do some editing.
The Yarrow is in full bloom. A terribly simple plant but I enjoy its bright, sunny disposition. It's a nice greeting when you open the front door.
The "Mrs. Windsor" Hebe is delightful this year, putting on the most flowers I think I've seen in the three years it's been in place. Fat bumblebees seem to enjoy this plant, which even without its purple and white flowers provides year-round interest.
Ahh, the Tree Mallow. A delight when it's in all its glory. The pink blooms pop againt a golden backdrop of leaves. It's a monster of a plant, however, and each year requires a serious pruning.
What a splendid surprise to see my "Chocolate" Cosmos has weathered some serious abuse and a good 4 inches of mulch. I think its deliciously scented petals could look a little better but I just had to share its unexpected return.