Over My Head

August 1st, 2018

…is Rudbeckia lacinata…

Last year, after planting in the spring, it grew maybe 4 feet tall. But now? I’m guessing about 7 feet. I suppose I could get a ladder and a tape measure and know for sure, but nah.

I was looking for tall deer-resistant perennials for the damp edge of the vegetable garden and so far this is a good one. Only one tiny nibble by the deer early in the season. It did lose some leaves during a dry spell in early July, so may not be good in a drought year. Except for those couple of weeks in early July, we have had a LOT of rain this summer.

Rudbeckia lacinata towering over my head

Deer Destruction

August 2nd, 2017

While the gardener is away, the deer will play. Or while the gardener is playing, the deer are slaying (the cucumber vines).

Luna Moths

August 3rd, 2016

Two huge Luna Moths. Mating? Resting?


The Springing of the Year

April 9th, 2015

It’s been a long dry spell. I don’t mean rain.

The garden is a real mess but with the spouse’s help and good weather and not-too-hungry critters, we plan to coax it back into shape this year. We’ve been weeding and digging, and I began to sow seeds indoors about two months ago and transplanted seedlings into the garden a week ago or thereabouts.

So, this is the makings of the first salad of the year entirely of our own greens.

Salad Greens

First Salad Greens 2015

I made a simple vinaigrette of pink wine vinegar, a couple drops of Datil pepper vinegar, salt, black pepper, a small amount of walnut oil and a larger amount of olive oil. The greens are ‘Forellenschluss’ lettuce, purple mizuna, arugula, and garden cress. A radish was also involved, but I didn’t take a picture of it.

New Grill and Cherry Tomatoes

August 5th, 2013
Last night’s dinner. Chicken roasted on the new grill, and cherry tomato salad with basil. The tomatoes are Sungold and Red Pisa Date.

Peppers Are Ripening

August 6th, 2012
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Peppers are ripening! A few weeks ago I thought we might not have any peppers this year after the deer chomped on the plants.

AjÍ Crystal Pepper

August 5th, 2012

First good Ají Crystal pepper. This from a volunteer plant that the deer and I overlooked in a clump of volunteer dill. The deer didn’t bother the Rooster Spur peppers much.