Cleaning up the "tomato patch" the other day yielded a couple batches worth of tomato sauce. I am determined next year to be more ruthless with my tomato plants. I let them run amuck this season. While we enjoyed plenty of juicy, snappy 'matoes, I sadly found so many more that had gone to waste because I never saw them through the thicket!
And now I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for several bowls to ripen. I prefer sauce to fried green tomatoes as I haven't had much success with recipes involving the latter. There's also some hanging outside, catching the fading warmth of a fall sun. I've had much luck ripening by keeping them in a bowl near the stove, where they absorb heat from several meals cooked each day.
When I wasn't picking through my tomato pile I managed to sneak away to the Fall Bulb and Plant sale at the Washington Park Arboretum. It was held over the weekend and through Monday. It was slim pickin's by the time I arrived yesterday morning, but I still walked away with about a dozen bags of bulbs: tulips, iris, dichelostemma, calochortus and triphyllum or 'Jack in the Pulpit.' I'll detail the varieties when I actually get them in the ground. I think with this latest purchase I have more than 100 bulbs to plant between now and November. Then there are some set for April and May ....
A little weed growing around the garden and that is keeping me quite busy. This was his first day of school. I think he tied in quite well with the garden!