Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A late summer garden

Our tomato plants fell over!! Notice how some of those poles are leaning to the right? They're not supposed to do that! The plants got so large and strong that they have simply broke their stakes. We tried to stand them back up, with the aid of metal fence posts (!) and had some success, but we might lose some of the plants from all the drooping.

Nonetheless, they are producing wonderful fruit! There is little better in the summertime than freshly picked tomatoes garnished with fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and a dribble of olive oil and some balsamic vinegar.

Our pumpkin plants have suffered a bout of powdery mildew, which is unfortunate. We've had to trim back most of the leaves on the plants that sprawl for 10-15 feet out from their starting points. They have some green leaves left, as well as three pumpkins. These are pie pumpkins, so they won't grow as large as jack o'lantern ones, but as you can see, this one is already turning orange.

We have some flowers in our garden as well; my favorite, perhaps, is the lavender. I have 5 lavender plants... I know, I got a bit obsessed. One is "Provence," and I have two each of "Hidcote" and "Lavender Vera (true english)." I believe this is one of the Veras; the Hidcotes are taking a while longer to flower. They are young plants, so the yield of lavender stalks has been kind of small this summer.


keri said...

What a nice little garden you have! Thanks for sharing pictures, I love the ideas of growing things in my own backyard and eating them.

Lolly said...

Love to see your garden! We had a bad case of powdery mildew this year on the squash and zucchini, and have only had one fruit, unlike other years when we have dozens!
Your tomatoes look delicious!

I hope we have a pumpkin this year - the runners are out, but no fruit has started. :(

Lone Knitter said...

Nothing beats home-grown tomatoes. (I have little patience with grocery store tomatoes!) I'm making a pair of striped socks at the moment, and I'm hoping that mine will turn out as perfect as yours.

Zarzuela said...

Your garden looks so cool! I really hope I stay in one place long enough to grow something outside next year...


The Purloined Letter said...

What beautifully healthy plants! I love lavender. I think I can smell it from here!

Our tomatoes are growing gang-busters too. I wonder if it is the weather? I am wishing we planted okra this year. It is seriously a heat lover!