Visiting the Neighbors – Enjoying the Garden

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The Garden Gate

  We have a big garden and try to grow plants that we can harvest and enjoy all year round.

Today, I decided to see what the neighbors were up to….

…I had seen them busy with their homes over the past few weeks…..

They were all occupied inside so I went on to visit the other neighbors………….

They expressed their dismay at my not bringing any vegetable scraps or at least some weed pullings so I moved on…..

the magnolia has been blooming so wonderfully this year…..

We have had several years of very harsh weather and this Spring and Summer have been filled with mild temperatures and wonderful rain so you can see the flowers giving thanks…….

 

The Gardner found this beauty on the property and brought it home to enjoy.

We are still harvesting Artichokes, so many that we have decided to let some bloom and enjoy the wonderful flowers…..
………..you do remember The Demoniac Vegetable – Artichokes blog post don’t you??!?

………but enough of all this let’s go to the garden….

all sorts of wonders…..corn, green beans, okra, white onions, yellow onions, red onions, cabbage……oh my!

………and then yummy cabbage…..when you garden organically, even the bugs get to eat a little…….


………almost ready for the kitchen…….


….the Fennel so prolific, we are unable to eat all the bulbs….

..now blooming and producing seed…….yum, more for next year……


..the carrots peeking out…..


….beautiful peaches…hopefully the squirrels won’t eat them all……..


….Figs…..they never make it out of the garden….we eat them right off the trees..

..this tree is from a cutting from my Great Grandmother’s tree……sigh…..


..even pears this year……..yippee….

More Sqaush growing

Elmer beat me to the Garden and has harvested this morning’s Yellow Crook Neck Squash and Honduran Beans. Here they are nestled in his shirt.

The Herbs are going wild…….for years I so longed for fresh herbs and now I have a jungle of them….

..sometimes I wish I was a cat so I could just roll around in them and enjoy the beautiful fragrances……

Beautiful Basil

…….Omnipotent Oregano……..

…..Timid…..yet Terrific Thyme……

…..Tender Tarragon……..

….Powerful and Potent Papalo….

…………back to the kitchen…….the rains are starting again……

………the counter full of garden goodies…….green beans…….

 
…….marvelous……..magnificant………beets….

……..cabbage already in the steamer……..

……then the final creation…….Augustine has worked his magic on the wonders from the garden and produced a Magnificent Vegetable Soup…..complete with garnish of Jalapenos, Fresh Lemon and Avocado………

…..I saved you a bowl…..wish you could join me……

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34 responses »

  1. Oh my, what beautiful pictures! Wish my garden looked like yours. But with all the tender loving care, my little Hunter will have it ready in no time!

  2. I wish I could join you, too! I’m simply amazed at the sheer abundance of what you have growing in your garden. How do you find the time to take care of it all? It’s like a farmer’s market! You really seem to have everything. I’ve always dreamed of doing something like this, but have never had the energy or the space to do so. I really admire you’re gumption!

  3. I must have been under the meds the dentist gave me when I wrote my comment….I meant “I miss my garden so much and the artichokes are beautiful!” It would be so relaxing to sit near your garden all day with a bottle of wine and a good book…ahhhh the quiet of it all (totally unlike our everyday life)

  4. I swear I could smell the herbs!
    What a clement climate (at least this year) and how fertile your soil. Everything looks wonderfully fresh. I’ve never seen an artichoke growing before! I think I vaguely knew it was in the thistle family and sure enough, the flower looks like a thistle. We had B-I-G round artichokes yesterday for teatime, they were out of this world delicious, but that was extraordinary for around here. They have such a long trip to get here– yours only have to waltz in from the backyard!

  5. WOW … what a beautiful and large garden you have!! Very impressive. I had to laugh at the photo of your cabbage leaves and your comment about organic gardening … even the bugs eat a little. I just saw that very same thing on my cauliflower yesterday! My worm had quite a feast in one day!! I had never seen an artichoke growing … quite stunning!

    Now I don’t want to post my little gardens after seeing yours! lol Ahhh but I’m still proud of my little first garden. 😉

    • No, please post your garden! I so enjoy seeing what others are doing. So few people take the time to garden these days. I am glad you enjoyed the artichokes! This is my first time growing them and I fear the last. We happened to have a mild spring with lots of rain so they were happy.

  6. I am pea green with envy. Would that all who love gardens and vegetables have their own Elmer. I am surrounded by commercially grown vegetables (just south of Vancouver). And I am able to have a winter garden, but I swoon over your bountiful produce. Virginia

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