2019, In The Garden

Summer Tomato Harvest

Since we are back from Seattle, I have harvested tomatoes from the greenhouse every day. They are so delicious and have lots of flavor. On Saturday, I made my mother’s tomato-sausage salad recipe, which was very refreshing in this humid Texas weather. We gave my in-laws a few tomatoes to enjoy on the road back home to North Carolina. And last night, I harvested nine more semi-ripe tomatoes, which can be eaten throughout this week. This gives the new tomatoes more room and time to ripe on the vine.

2019, In The Garden

Travel Journal, Day 1: From Dallas, Texas To Weed, California

June 1, 2019

At 8:45 a.m. our plane took off from Dallas Love Field. We were on our way to San Jose in California within 3 ยฝ hours. Arriving in San Jose we found out that Kevin and my luggage (we usually share one bag) wasn’t at the airport. After some back and forth in the Baggage Claim Office, we decided to go get our rental car and move on as planned. Southwest Airlines called us back later that day, letting us know, the luggage never made out of Dallas, and asked how they could accommodate us. I told Kevin to let the Baggage Claim know to send our bag to Seattle by Monday. I was in a bad mood and didn’t want to talk to the guy on the other end of the phone. It was bad enough, I didn’t have my hiking shoes with me and had to purchase some toiletries, clothes and shoes to hold us over until two days into the trip. But at least they found our luggage. It could have been much worse. At least I had my camera gear and our passports in my carry-on, in case we wanted to go to Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada for a day.

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Mountain Range somewhere in southern California close to the Mexican Border

Our first destination was the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Kevin, the girls and I couldn’t wait to see the huge bridge stretching one mile over the entrance of the San Francisco Bay. The bay and the top Golden Gate Bridge were covered in fog. A cool wind blew from the Pacific into the bay. It was perfect weather for sailing, surfing, parasailing, and many other water sport activities. There were a lot of people having fun in the bay that Saturday afternoon, while many tourists were just in “Awww” seeing the San Francisco Designated Landmark. Since it was very misty, we could only get a climbs of Alcatraz Island. But it was all what we needed. I’ve got some pictures of the former prison out in the distance.

Here is a video of us crossing the Golden Gate Bridge: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/48034613211/in/album-72157705230883495/

The first night we made it to Weed, which is a stone throw north of the town of Mt. Shasta. On our way there, we had a good look at the mountain. But it got too dark for capturing good photos.ย  The next day, we were in for a treat.

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Mount Shasta at dusk

… to be continued …

2019, In The Garden

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

A couple of days ago, I found a Black Swallowtail caterpillar on the fennel in one of our garden raised beds. Since Mr. Cardinal is very busy picking the Cabbage White caterpillars for his offspring from the leftover broccoli plants, I didn’t want to risk it, him taking the Black Swallowtail as well. For this particular reason I planted more fennel in the greenhouse, last month. I relocated the caterpillar to the indoor plant. And now, it’s happily munching the fennel tops away. It doubled in size, already. The girls can’t wait to release the first butterfly for this season.

2019, In The Garden

Blooming Bee Balm (2)

Last year, I planted Bee Balm for the Hummingbirds/Butterflies in the front yard. Back then, I had two plants. When they were done blooming, they died out. I removed what was left over. This Spring, I’ve noticed lots of little seedlings in the flowerbed. Later, we found out, that the Bee Balm reseeded for future blooming. Today, the first blossoms appeared for this season.

2019, In The Garden

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Every Friday, I’ll post some photos of flowers. These could be garden flowers or wildflowers. Today, I begin with a Hibiscus blossom and a Foxglove.

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2019, In The Garden

Our Greenhouse/Garden In Mid-May 2019

The tomato plants grow like weeds in the greenhouse. We have about two dozen fruits growing on the plants. And every day, I find a few more ‘maters on the vines. Today, I also could harvest a couple of jalapeรฑo. The pepper plants seem to pick up. The hot temperatures in the greenhouse help the peppers growing much better. And we have new “tenants”. The Greenhouse Fairies moved into the beautiful solar house, I purchased for them last week. Sara checks on Tinker & Friends, if they come home every night. When the lights are on, the Greenhouse Fairies are here. ๐Ÿ˜‰