Magazine photographs can inspire the home gardener. Sometimes ideas can be caught right through the page, spurring one to even greater heights of creativity and effort.
Take this one, lifted from the Martha Stewart website -- can't you almost taste the different heirloom varieties of lettuce? I wonder how many teams of gardeners have to work to get them looking so uniform?
What? It wasn't that sunny in Connecticut? Oh, ok, just kidding. Those are mine. I love pretty lettuces. Since I worked as what I call a gardener's elf, I know how much work gardening takes. At least now I get to eat the results of my work!
I meant to blog a few days ago because I don't like to do "kitchen sink" posts, but I'm afraid that's what's happening here for a bit longer. Work has me under its thumb. I'm gardening, and cooking, and cleaning, and parenting, but work is the main driver of my days. It can't last forever, though.
Out front, the artichoke is putting out new buds. Next fall it might be time to divide this beauty. I think I will have enough room, and division plus feeding might mean larger 'chokes. These have been delicious, though small.
The volunteer tomato is almost as tall as the lime tree. I haven't checked for a few days, but there were definitely flowers on it a few days ago. Only a matter of time before we finally get a peek at what kind it is!
The sunflowers had better put on a significant amount of growth, soon. The potatoes, here in the setting sun, are going to town. They're almost two feet tall, and the sunflowers are down in a ditch! Go, sunflowers, go!
Speaking of tall, the Cherokee Purples are about 18" high (that 6" square wire comes in handy for more than helping them stand up). This one is terrifically happy, and has lots of flowers already, but few megaflowers.
I harvested some honey the other day, but only because it was time to finally act on a new hive stand idea I'd gotten from another beekeeper. Lifting full supers down off of a stack as tall as I was was a bad idea for my back and shoulders. I had to disassemble both hives to do this, but a couple of 2x2s, some deck screws, pipes, and spare plywood later, I had an easy-to-ant-proof, low hive stand. I hope I don't have to get out there and pull weeds soon, but I'm afraid that's what's in my future. At least the next time I harvest, I'll be lifting up!
Quick bits: Edible Johnny Jump Up violas, the tomatillos are going gangbusters and blooming already, and I think the garlic is heading up at least enough to make increase on my planting!
Finally, there's something very wrong with the front yard apple trees. I'm seeing way too many leaves like this:
Clearly, it's time for research, perhaps a call to a master gardener, or a trip to a nursery. I'm kind of tired of these trees giving me grief. But maybe it will be something easy to clear up. Let's hope so; everything else is so nice. Thanks for indulging me in another long rambly post.
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