Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th in the Garden - 2011

Independence Day - The Fourth of July, as we call it here in the USA, is today. For me, it is a day to reflect on the Founding of our Nation, of all those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in a land of Liberty. I am more grateful than I can express to those who have served, and those who serve now.

Today I was privileged to visit a friend who is hospitalized following surgery. Her husband stays with her as much as he can, so he was there. He is a Navy veteran and I was able to thank him for his service. He was touched. He served nearly 30 years ago, and yet he was obviously moved by what I said.

This evening I took a walk in the vegetable garden and will give you a quick tour.

In the foreground you can see the lovely flour corn growing. Mely from Mexico in my Kitchen shared the seeds with me and I am so excited to think I might be able to make my own hominy and masa this fall!

The lovely zucchinis!

You can tell it is humid here. This is the potato patch:

Some green tomatoes!

Green snap beans with sweet corn in the background:

Sweet potato vines:

My Finnish garlic. I have a friend in Finland. She sent me some seeds and so it takes two years to grow them to bulbs. I am looking forward to digging them up!

A sweet little cucumber:


Sweet peppers:

See the little honey bee visiting the leek blossom?

Baby pumpkin:

We are already eating zucchini, onions and cucumbers. I even "robbed" the potatoes and we had a few "new potatoes" with our supper tonight. :)


  1. Wow, your garden is beautiful!

  2. What a gorgeous garden! Lucky you!
    I am so glad the corn worked.

    I wish, I could go visit and show you how I make my masa at home. That would be great.

    Thanks for your pictures, but please do not stop at it. Keep posting updates. It will be nice to see how everything blooms.


  3. Thank you, Mely. I wish you could show me too! I wonder if there's anything on YouTube. I'll have to check that out. :)

  4. Love your garden! I got mine in very late this year :(

  5. I really like your garden. It looks vibrant and prolific.

  6. Thank you. I wish you could come and visit it in person. I have such good memories of you and your husband. You were so very kind to Autumn, and also taught her a lot about gardening. :)

  7. Renee, where do you live? Here we can plant as late as early June and still do fairly well, and of course, there are things that can be planted again, like cucumbers and green beans, and several other things, and then there are the fall crops as well.


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