While out watering the garden and back lawn today, I saw that the Right Plum (there’s a Left Plum, too – we can’t remember which is Santa Rosa and which is Satsuma, so we just call them Right Plum and Left Plum – easy peasy, huh? 🙂 is dropping ripe fruit so that means our plans for hours of lazing around the house this weekend have evaporated since the plums must be harvested, processed and jammed.)
And that, dear reader, means if you have any of our jars in your hot little hands / house / wherever, we’d love to have them back asap so we can put them to use. Oh, we’ve got 8+ cases of jars on hand, but those will be gone in one good jamming session (and we’ve got blackberries to jam, too.).
So if you expect to get future goodies from us… Calling all jars, calling all jars… please return them asap.
We now return you to your regular programming 🙂
(btw, I ate this season’s first ripe tomato from our garden this morning… it could have used a day or two off-vine to soften just a bit, but the flavor was wonderful. So was the sugar pea pod I took off that plant. Woo hoo – the garden’s cookin’ again 🙂
With a few sunny and warm days, we’re beginning to see some progress in the garden:
Guess what is beginning to ripen enough for blackberry shortcake? Yep, the berries out front – those are originally from Mike and Mimi, I believe.
Yesterday morning I looked outside the kitchen window and was taken in by how beautiful the flowers are out front… so I headed outside with my camera in hand. Here are some pics I took – don’t forget to click the pic to see them in full detail:
The wisteria leading in to the citrus grove.
A rose by any other name is…
Orange tree in full bloom:
Blackberry bush on the edge of the citrus grove:
As most of you know, Owen and Olivia came up on Tues with “Cousin Hershey” (ahem) and they left on their return drive home about a half hour ago. Penny and Pepper are greatly relieved and the house is quieter and a bit more laid back now.
This visit was a fairly low-key compared to most of our visits, with (it seemed) a bit more time spent around the hacienda than out and about. There was a fair amount of gardening and such going on, with Joanne and ‘Liv spending several blocks of multiple hours out in the “Back 40”, finishing up planting goodies in the garden.
Here they are celebrating the final planting of… Corn – Ta Daaaa!
(Remember to click the pic for the big picture!)
This is our 3rd year at vegetable gardening and we’ve expanded our horizons. This year we’ve got pole beans, sweet peas, cucumbers, watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe, 3 types of tomatoes (soon to be 4 if we can find a purple cherokee), 2 artichokes, corn, basil, head lettuce and (something else I’ll have to check with the boss ;).
We’ll let you know how it goes, but we’re hoping for good things (and eats) in the coming months.