Saturday, July 27, 2013

Still Cold, More Garden Pics

No sign of that big golden ball of heat and light in the sky again today.  Another day of sprinkles and much grayness.  Our high for the day was 55°.  I know of a certain lady blogger who probably had a temperature of exactly double that today.  Oh, my.


I've got a good stand of carrots in this bed with the tepee trellis in the middle with morning glories planted around the base of it.  They have yet to make it much more than halfway up their support, but I do see blossom buds.  If the buds don't get the chills and die, we should see some color soon.


This sample carrot I pulled doesn't look too bad as far as length goes.  But it still needs to increase a bit in girth!


Picture of broccoli plants taken through the screened frame over their bed.  They're not even thinking about forming heads yet.


My bed of beautiful Lauren's Grape Poppies.  Seeds are from Sue's garden in Michigan.  Are they not absolutely luscious?  Our honey bees love them, too.


Here's my jungle bed of Matt's Wild Cherry tomatoes.  No fruits yet but the two plants are covered with blossoms.  The good thing is the tomatoes have a wonderful flavor.  The bad thing is they are the size of marbles.  Small marbles.


My potatoes haven't looked this good in years.  No blight (hallelujah!) and next to no insect damage.  I don't recall ever seeing so many blossoms on the vines.


Their flowers are actually quite lovely, don't you think?


My shell peas are finally forming good-sized pods.  No evidence of peas inside the pods (sigh), but ya can't have everything.  Immediately.  (July 27th and no shell peas yet.  What's wrong with this picture?)


The lobelia in the herb bed is gorgeous this year.  Obviously, it must like cool weather and lots of moisture.

Do you think we should believe the weather people who are telling us we will see the sun come shining forth on Monday?  Nah, I'll bet they're just using twisted psychology on us so we don't go completely crackers in this wet, gray Arctic cold we've been slogging through.


22 comments:

Tombstone Livestock said...

You talkin' 'bout me???? LOL, close but not quite up to 110 today, your garden is beautiful, BEAUTIFUL and lush and green, and you have all of August and September yet for it to produce, or do you get snow in August? If your garden doesn't produce we will all get together and send you boxes of rice and beans to get you thru the winter. Bet your ancestors didn't have that either, blogger friends to see you are taken care of. That carrot looks wonderful nice and fresh and ready to eat.

And now to go see if I can read those #^&%^&$^* numbers in word verification.

Tombstone Livestock said...

I forgot to comment on your peas, are you sure those are not snow peas???? Did you mix up seeds? BTW your potato blossoms are lovely.

And now back to **((*&)(* those house numbers.

Akannie said...

It's crazy cool here too...for us. Never made it to 70 today, and is normally around a hundred. Cool nights, in the low 50's.

ON a bright note, my gardens aren't burning up. lol And tonight we dug a good 15-20 pounds of red potatoes. Still have Kennebecs and 2 kinds of fingerlings in the ground. But I'm telling you...those potatoes are perfect: no blight, no bugs, no teeth marks...gorgeous!

All my garden plants are looking good...hang in there....there could still be summer left...somewhere...

LindaCO said...

It's been a relatively cool and wet July here in CO. No complaints here. I agree with previous commenters - so green! So lush! Hope the sun comes out soon.

Sparkless said...

Send some cool wet up to BC cause here it's been 40C (104F)for two weeks. It was even 44C (111F) one day!!! No rain in sight just more exhaustingly hot temps. At least your gardens look good if not a bit delayed. Ours are being grilled in the heat and don't stand a chance. We have to constantly water or they'd all wither up and die.
I'm thinking of moving South to get away from this infernal heat!

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - You bet I'm talkin' 'bout you! ;o}

Yes, I keep telling myself August is usually a hot month for us, and if we don't have an early frost there is plenty of time for the garden veggies to grow. (Oh, I hope, I hope, I hope!) I have no doubt that if it was needed, you would send me boxes of rice and beans. (Although with the price of postage these days, that could put you in the poor house, too!)

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - Funny. Very funny.

They sure LOOK like snow peas, don't they. I'll have to mark those two pods in some way and document the pea growth for you! (Assuming there IS pea growth, that is.)

Mama Pea said...

Akannie - Crazy, crazy weather! What do you suppose the winter season will bring for all of us?

They say once your potatoes are blossoming, you can steal some new potatoes and I've been soooo tempted. Hubby wants me to leave them alone so they grow big and we have a whopper of a tater harvest this year.

Let's hope August gives us the good dose of summer our gardens need, 'kay?

Mama Pea said...

LindaCO - Unless I've missed it, you haven't posted much about your garden this year? Too busy with the remodeling? I can relate.

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - It is so strange to hear that your temps have been so hot! I mean, you're farther north than we are!! I think Mother Nature must be going through menopause or something. Things are just too screwy.

Carolyn said...

We've had overcast skies and rain (RAIN! Can you believe it?!) for the past five or six days now. It's BEAUTIFUL. But I'll probably be complaining about it in another day. Then complain about the sun/heat the next week. Never satisfied, are we?

Funny how one gardener curses a plant that another pines for (you & your Jerusalem Artichokes) and then purposely plant something that another gardener just can't get rid of (i.e. Morning Glory in my melon patch).

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - That is so wonderful that you've been getting the rain you need so much!

Actually, I can relate regarding the morning glories. I move their trellis to a different spot in the garden each year and I always have morning glories popping up in each old place. This year I have them in the bed with the screened frame over one of my beds of Brussels sprouts and also in the field garden in the middle of my main patch of corn. (At least they're pretty; the artichokes are not!) :o}

Stephanie said...

We were buried in 2 wks of rain when I moved here, and then 3 wks of no rain. It finally rained tonight some, but only for about an hour. It keeps petering out before it gets to us.
I didn't know potatoes got flowers. What kind did you plant?
I so love your garden pics, and can't wait to have some that gorgeous to post myself.

tpals said...

Those grape poppies are gorgeous. The cool weather has been a treat for me. I split wood and made a chicken pot pie today. :)

Amanda Pope said...

Mama Pea I hope our garden does good.We just got our place and have to see what we got out back,won't be able to start nothing til next spring.Your garden is gorgeous! You got the touch!

Sue said...

Oh, it's all looking fantastic.
I get a kick out of the bees in those poppies.....they're DRUNK, I tell ya, DRUNK!
LOL!

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Years ago we got some potato sets (red) from a friend where we buy our grass-fed beef. He said he'd been growing them and saving ones for seed for so long that he had forgotten what kind they were. All we knew was that they were very flavorful so were happy to have some for our garden. These are the same ones I've planted for several years now. Last year and this I had poor germination of the planted "eyes" and was wondering if I should invest in some new stock next year. Now they look so lush and full I think I'll wait until harvest time to make my decision for next year!

You're to be given so much credit for going full bore on your garden this year when you didn't even get to the place where you could garden until late in the season. If you're still there next year, you will have wonderful garden pictures to post!

Mama Pea said...

tpals - The cool weather is good for us, too. We're both walking around inside this morning with sweatshirts on over our other clothes. I really don't want to fire up the wood stove to take the chill off the house, but it's only 65° in here! Better that than 95° though! In a bit Papa Pea is going out to chainsaw more firewood and I'll work on filling the kindly bin. Feels like fall. Uh-oh, not really so good this time of year . . .

Mama Pea said...

Amanda Pope - Thanks for your kind words. You'll have all winter to plan what (and where) you want to do as far as gardening next year. You'll be all raring and ready to go by then! Congratulations on your new place!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Thank you, ma'am!

When I was out for my morning garden walk-thru this morning, even as cold as it is the honey bees are at the poppies. (Don't they know it's improper to imbibe before [at least] noon?) Curious, but I saw very few bees on the raspberry bushes, but there were jillions of those big ol' bumble bees working them. Now there's a scary thought for you: Drunk bumblebees.

Michelle said...

It's very hot here. We are in the high 90's. Wish there was some way we could switch weather for a while.

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - Or at least average it out for a while. Stay cool!