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Sunday Stroll: “Fruits of Our Labor” July 26, 2009

Filed under: Farm,Gardening,Summer,Sunday Stroll — everydaywomanusa @ 9:36 am
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Finally, we’re enjoying the fruits of our labor in the garden, especially native sweet corn and tomatoes!




I can remember when, growing up,  my Mom would say she could live off fresh-picked corn and native tomatoes during the summer, and now I know what she means!  A simple summer supper doesn’t get much better than corn-on-the-cob and tomatoes!

Everyday couple of days, we’ve been having rainstorms that bring another couple inches of rain, but the sun has managed to shine in between.  Still, many of our native vegetables have been running late, but are a welcome sight when they arrive!


The pickling cukes are ripe, as well as broccoli. . .


The peaches are soaking up the rain and some early varieties should be ripe by the end of the month . . .


The pears are taking on nice size . . .


The hydrangeas are blooming, in all their glory . . .



At first, the Rose of Sharon buds were just promises on the bushes . . .


. . . and then the very first bloom appeared . . .


. . . and, today, just a few days after that very first blossom, we are graced with numerous purple/pink flowers, which adorn our poolside gardens . . .



What’s growing in your garden?  How has the weather affected you?

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First Native Tomatoes! July 6, 2009

Filed under: Gardening,Living Green — everydaywomanusa @ 11:15 am
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OK, they may not be perfectly beautiful, but they’re native!

Every year, my family has a good-natured competition to see who can pick the first native tomatoes before the 4th of July, so it looks like I won!

I guess it probably helped that the tomato plants I put in the ground were HUGE and already had green tomatoes on them!

Can’t wait for native tomatoes and sweet corn to be flowing freely, sometime soon. . . can’t beat a better summer supper!

NEWS FLASH…………..My Mom called last night to say she’d picked her first two ripe tomatoes in a neighboring town.  Told you we had a “healthy competition” going on here!  (I had given her a big plant with green tomatoes already on it for Mother’s Day, hoping she’d get some early tomatoes, her favorite food.)


Sunday Stroll: Too Much Rain!!! June 14, 2009

Filed under: Gardening,Sunday Stroll — everydaywomanusa @ 11:49 am
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It’s been raining pretty much straight for a week now.  Although we have lush, green surroundings, I’m wondering if it’s ever going to stop!


My “Rose of Sharon” bushes have grown by leaps and bounds with all of the rain.


My New Guinea Impatiens are enjoying the shade provided by the Rose of Sharons.


My Begonias have been absolutely crushed by the torrents of rain . . .


Green tomatoes are set and I’m hoping they won’t rot due to all the wetness.


Geraniums (never my favorite due to their “fragrance”) do provide a pretty pink contrast to all the green foliage around . . .


All in all, it’s great weather for ducks, but I could use some sun soon!


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