Friday, September 11, 2009

A peek at some of the things in my late-summer garden

It's late summer and my calendula are thriving. I clip several blossoms everyday and hang them to dry in my warm, dry garage. Sometimes I clip 3 or 4 or 5 blooms in the late morning, and then in the afternoon 3 or 4 or 5 more are ready for me to gather again! I'm running out of places to hang things:

We have 7 tomato plants comprising 4 different varieties. Six of the plants we started from seed, and one we bought. They've all done really well, and some, no matter how many times we stake them, insist on bowing earthward, heavy with fruit. Here are some tiny super sweets saying hello to an everlasting summer. Both were started from seed:

I planted some peas and some bush beans a few weeks ago, hoping that they'd produce before the frost set in. The peas are content to climb for now, but the beans are flowering:

And beginning to produce:

Here's a shiny zucchini:

What - you're sick of zucchini? Well then, here's a shiny green chili pepper:

One of my blueberries has decided to ready itself for fall and has taken on some color:

And the hidcote lavender still has a few blooming spikes:

Here is one of the most helpful weeds in my yard - plantain. It has been my dear friend this summer because I've had a few cases of poison ivy rash. I've let the plantain grow lush and thick so that I can crush the fresh leaves and find relief with it's cool, astringent juices slathered over the itchiness:

What's growing in your yard/garden?


adrienne said...

The zucchini looks delicious - I'm not sick of them at all!

My garden looks pretty hot and pathetic right now...

ICQB said...

Hi adrienne!

We are probably the only people in recorded history whose zucchini hasn't produced very much. this will be only the fourth fruit we'll harvest so far this year. So we're not sick of them either!

ricki - sprig to twig said...

What is it that you do with the dried calendula?

Nishant said...

We are probably the only people in recorded history whose zucchini hasn't produced very much.
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