It is smack on to the middle of summer here in northern California. That means the days are hot and the nights are cool. It also means that everything is growing like crazy. As you can see above, this has been a good summer for sunflowers. Right now they are providing us with a beautiful sight to look at, but soon the birds will be doing their olympic style acrobatics trying to get to the seeds. That’s always fun to watch.
Fellow gardeners will understand our excitement: The first tomato was plucked from the garden yesterday. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a Black Brandywine Heirloom tomato. I thought it was perfect with our bacon, egg and potato breakfast this morning. The outside of the tomato was firm, the inside was soft, fleshy, and very juicy. It tasted like the perfect “real” tomato – the kind you can only get straight from the ground.
I also thought you might like an update on our baby chick project. They are no longer babies. At four weeks old they’re eating and drinking and running non-stop. A couple have escaped the pen but were captured again. So far (knock on wood) we haven’t lost a one. Soon they will be moving to their bigger chicken coop.
Everything else is growing beautifully. The corn is tasseling out, we have about twelve pepper plants that are producing both hot and sweet peppers. I’m eager for those. There are also some faithful flowers that just keep blooming no matter what. They are great for feeding our spirits. However, they are also feeding the hummingbirds. Those speedy little charmers love this pink flower. To them it’s a tasty lunch or supper.
That’s what’s new in my world. What’s new in yours?