Time to grow—Haiku

Zucchini plant and beyond---July 11, 2016

July thunderstorms,

Electric rain then sunshine,

Time for all to grow.

The gigantic leaves in the foreground are summer squash (zucchini) leaves.  Watering by hose is incomparable to the stimulating impact of rain—and when coupled with thunder and lightning, plants take off.  This haiku is in response to Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge #105, ‘Time’ and ‘Grow’.

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End of June Vegetable Garden Visit

Welcome to the second 2016 visit to my vegetable garden—all photos were taken in the last days of June.  I can’t show every angle so I select shots that I think may be of interest.  June was a dry month and I thought growth was slow.  Yet when I compared pictures from this time last year, I discovered that some parts of the garden are farther along.  I need patience and gained perspective.

I start with the beans.  The tall bamboo poles (on my blog masthead) are a statement of growth.  I love how pole bean vines wind upwards.

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The zucchini plant is growing rapidly.  In the bottom left corner: yellow dill umbrella flowers and a single calendula flower bloom.  In the upper right corner: bean plants.

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Here is a closeup of a calendula flower between the garlic plants.  About five years ago, I planted dill and calendula—they have self-seeded ever since.

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The cucumber plants are growing:

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Peppers are starting to show.  They emerge from tiny star flowers.

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Pepper flower

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I harvested three beets today.

Peas emerge from delicate white flowers.  They are flourishing and will be finished soon.

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Vegetables that didn’t make it to this photo post are winter squash, onions, spinach, lettuce, and broccoli (a story in itself).  Thanks for visiting!

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Garlic scapes curl

This is my first year successfully growing garlic plants (second attempt) and I am excited.  When I say ‘successful’, I mean that I have large garlic plants growing out back–the ultimate success will be garlic bulbs at harvest time.

I have just learned that garlic plants send flower buds out on round stocks that curl and spiral. They’re called ‘scapes’.  They can be snapped off and eaten–in fact you want to remove them to promote the growth of the bulbous roots.  I have a small container of scapes in the fridge ready to be  used like garlic in summer salads and stir fries.

It struck me that these curling scapes might be of interest to those taking photos of curves for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge.  My first picture shows what a scape looks like when snapped off the plant.  The second photo shows two scapes curling beside each other.

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Trimmed garlic scape
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Garlic scapes demonstrating synchronized curves

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First day of winter—Winter solstice

To celebrate the first day of Winter 2015 and Winter Solstice, I am posting pictures from yesterday. Yesterday was our second snowfall–the first melted so fast that I didn’t record it, but this one was a bit more plentiful and lingered a few hours longer.  The first two pictures show a dusting of snow behind the house and in the vegetable garden area–don’t worry, I filled the bird feeders after my picture taking.  I took the final picture later on in the day from downtown Kingston (Ontario).

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Grids and Garden Views: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

The photo challenge this week is to post one or more photos featuring images of grids.  I have  chosen four images. The first provides the strongest grid impact with a diagonal grid pattern in the foreground.  The second, features a less dramatic diagonal grid effect. The final pair of photos provides views of my vegetable garden in summer and fall through a green-coloured trellis netting, creating a rectangular grid pattern. 

Cave Seen Through a Fence

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Lookout Point

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July View of Vegetable Garden Through Pea Trellis Netting

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This July photo inspired me to take a second through-the-trellis shot today.  Notice the differences between the July and September views.  In July, pea vines are in the foreground on the trellis; and behind, the bean vines climb the bamboo teepee, and the yellow calendula flowers bloom on the right.  In the September view, there is nothing growing on the trellis and behind, dill flower heads are browning, the bean plants are well-weathered, calendula seed heads are drying, and there are an abundance of orange marigolds.

September 18 View of Vegetable Garden Through Trellis Netting

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To see more photographs featuring grid patterns, please follow the link provided in the first line of this post.

End of July Garden Visit

Over the last days of July I collected pictures of what is going on in my vegetable and herb garden:

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The most recent shot, in the top left corner, gives an overview. You can see:

  • a  teepee bearing Fortex green beans. The lower left collage picture gives a closer look at bean plants with calendula flowers in the foreground.  If you look closely, you will be able to see beans hanging between the leaves, well camouflaged;
  • the apparently empty bamboo teepee in front is for Marketmore cucumber plants, not  visible in this shot, but shown in the collage photo at top right;
  • at front right of overview photo, a zucchini plant with huge floppy leaves (Costata Romanesco); yellow dill umbrellas tower behind;
  • at front left there are purple-blue borage plants and nearby,  yellow-flowered calendula;
  •  Sugar Daddy Snap Pea vines, growing on the trellis at the right, were finishing  this week with final  offerings.
  • the bottom right collage picture shows a yellow cherry tomato plant (Blondkopfchen) leaning against a spiral support. There are chive plants to the left.

In the collection of 10 photos below, travelling from top to bottom of each column, starting from the left:  winter squash plants (no flowers yet), a bowl of green beans, a tiny baby cucumber in the foreground, sorrel plant, spinach and swiss chard, red onions, baby green peppers, baby and mature basil plants, zucchinis very ready to  harvest, and cherry tomatoes.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Green Leaf Chomper

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

A couple of weeks ago I noticed debris on spinach leaves in the garden, and that huge bites had been taken out of some of them. It was the next day that I discovered this fellow:

I removed him from the garden and have been on the lookout for others, but have found none–the chomping has stopped.

This evening I tried to identify the worm/caterpillar, but discovered two things: first, that there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different types of green worms and second, that I find looking at caterpillar pictures vaguely nauseating.  Anyone who has thoughts as to the identity of this rascal, please comment.