Wednesday, July 27, 2011

GARDENING

Several rains recently have done wonders for our bits of urban gardening.  For example, a vine in the back yard suddenly sprouted some flowers.




To my great surprise, it is a trumpet vine.  When we lived in Mexico, there would be thousands of blooms on them.  But the buds apparently exude something sweet and the ants love it.


Getting down to something to eat, there are cherry tomatoes by the dozens.


A good crop of Romas.  (That one down low, partly hidden, was red enough to pick last night and will probably be eaten tonight.


In another pot, some Thai chiles.  One small one ripe already.


Another pot holds some basil and parsley.


Marigolds are supposed to be a natural deterrent to bugs.


And the mint is running amok this year.


Meanwhile, out in front of the house a couple of hibiscus plants have gone into full bloom.



Come with me, deep into the center of this beautiful flower.


7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed having a garden years ago, but our "simple life" now means no yard or porch. I remember ants devoured my okra, even after I planted marigolds. Needless to say that didn't work for me. (Or maybe it was just my "brown thumb".)

    S

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  2. My word Cat! You kids keep a rockin' garden! I'm envious.

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  3. Lovely pictures of your lovely garden. Those flowers are really cool! We have lots of green tomatoes now. Ripen already!

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  4. That hibiscus is fantabulosa!

    Hey, wv is 'inablog', that's one of the best I've had for ages!

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