by Sandra | September 5th, 2012
The only way this post is quilt related is that a couple of these pictures are great reference subjects for designing a quilt.
Finding a red tomato this year in the garden is about as rare as finding gold. I think we were the only pocket in the country that had cool average temps for the most part through the summer. The garden is a lost cause for a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies.
I think all of the flowers, regardless of their usual bloom time, all bloomed in one fell swoop in June and then failed to deliver a second round of color for the rest of the summer.
For me, fall seems a bit early this year. The plants have already clued in that Mother Nature wants to close shop early and any sign of a late harvest is dwindling with each day.
I have so many green tomatoes on the vines that every morning I check on them gently trying to persuade and coax them (despite the neighbors thinking I am crazy) to turn red. About four have cooperated out of pity mostly. The rest are holding out on me.
The bunnies, also known as my “fertilizer factory”, think I am certifiable as well. They think it is my fault since they did their job.
Visions of an army of canning jars containing my own homemade sauce have gone like a quick poof of air. We will be lucky to have one dinner with some Bruschetta as an appetizer. I think there are enough tomatoes to accomplish that–barely.
The tomatoes I have tasted are juicy, full flavored and beautiful. The best tomatoes I have grown–EVER. It is very naughty of Mother Nature to taunt me with so few of them.
The Sweet peas are giving another push since the weather has cooled a little bit. At least they are happy. I think it is time to throw in the towel on this season and dream about a bumper crop next year. This year is to be marked as a loss in my gardening calendar.
I am leaving again to teach in Seattle. I will be busy until the second week of November with travel and prep for teaching. I have no idea how I scheduled everything at the end of the year. I have made a note not to do it again.
Have a good weekend everyone (early),