This Morning

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At 7am this morning, I took a peek at my zucchini plant with two flowers  open.

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I believe this is a male flower which can be pan-fried and stuffed with ricotta and herbs (or just pan-fried sans the cheese). I found the following two delicious-sounding recipes on food blogs. Click here for a ricotta recipe. For a recipe stuffed with goat cheese, click here. I can’t wait to try these recipes myself. (Thanks to my blog follower in New Zealand for the cooking tip.)

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This black beauty zucchini plant I started from seed; I planted five and gave the others away.

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This is one of my dinner plate dahlias from Longfield Gardens in NJ.

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I planted quite a few dahlias. However, next year I’ll plant them in rows in the backyard where there’s a lot of space for a dahlia garden.

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I also have three green, yellow and red pepper plants.

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Here are my four tomato plants. On the left I have two Better Boy plants and on the right I have two Beefsteak plants.

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Here’s another pepper plant. It has many little flowers but not showing any peppers yet.

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I also have an Early Girl tomato plant which yields fruit 50 days after planting.

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I have two tomato plants in containers bearing a lot of fruit. I have forgotten the variety.

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Next to the house, on the west side, I also planted many Gladiolus and lily bulbs (also from Longfield Gardens). I can’t wait for the heady-scented lilies to bloom.

John rescued the crane garden statue several years ago. Someone in Princeton was moving and throwing it out. Can you imagine throwing this out? It’s actually quite heavy and doubles as a door stopper during the winter.

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The lily on the right is growing quickly. To the left is one of my many sunflowers that I grew from seed. Chipmunks and rabbits enjoyed snapping many of my sunflower stems when they were about 3″ tall.

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Nothing like early morning sun…

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This lily emerged during the night.

 

16 thoughts on “This Morning

      1. not yet, my patio is (well, balcony) very (very) small ! Have just finished moving in and am considering what to do. I wanted that raised bed you showed at Lowes but it’s too big. Looking for smaller and have to consider carrying all the dirt up the stairs (though my oldest daughter lives nearby and said she would help). the balcony and curtains are my next project.

        1. I think the elevated garden bed does come in smaller sizes. I hope you get enough sun on your balcony for a balcony container garden too.

  1. Nice planting. Did you find the ground hard to dig? Was it as compacted as it appeared to me or did you rotation it?

    1. It is compacted. I initially used a pick matlock. I was able to do it in small areas but I needed John to do it for the vegetable garden space. Next year I’ll add peat moss to loosen the soil up.

  2. It will look beautiful when the lilies bloom. I also planted many sunflowers that got eaten. I blamed the robins but maybe it was chipmunks, as we have two in our yard. We need rain here in Ontario.

    1. We have tons of chipmunks. Although adorable, they dig at night and leave little holes in my containers. They must not like geraniums because after digging they didn’t go after the roots. Hope for rain!

  3. You seem to have planted a lot in your garden already and they all look to be thriving. Did I miss the posts of you doing the garden? I just remember pics of a rather desolate looking back yard.

    1. I did a post on purchasing the “organic” plants in early May and I posted a 15-second video on Instagram showing John prepping the soil. It’s hard for me to get John to stop working to take photos of me planting a garden or doing something else. One day….

  4. I truly have summer envy down here Sue! And those photos are gorgeous! Vege gardens are such a wonderful labour of love.

  5. I’m in Pittsburgh so the same growing region as you and I find it interesting that your veggie plants are way further along than mine are, yet my lilies and gladioli are already in full bloom.

  6. I love the crane and bird. I love garden art. I’ve collected a few pieces here and there to add in my garden.

    How could anyone just throw away that lovely crane? I’m glad you rescued it and gave it a home.

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