Sunday, July 19, 2009

~Cool Temps Breaking Records~

We've had the best weather lately. My flowers are loving it, and are not stressed out like they usually are in July, but our Veggies don't care for it much. We are getting Tomatoes, and some Peppers, but I think once the weather goes back up in the 80's we'll start seeing loads of them ripen.
Saturday morning at market was very chilly. I wore a long-sleeve shirt with a jean jacket....unheard of for July around here. The people were out in hordes though, and we pretty much sold out.

Regardless of the cool temps, one tomato plant is producing like crazy and a good seller. Super Sweet One-Hundreds.

There is a vendor setting up at our market who does iron work. Most times he uses old garden tools, or car parts in his work. I suggested he try a scarecrow and told him I'd definitely be interested in something like that. This one I fell in love with and bought it last week. I had sold all of my flower bouquets and the price happened to be what I made selling them. I love when things work out that way.

Here's a few views of the new bed we extended out from my perennial garden to put Zinnia's and other flowers for cutting. I was running out of room in my other cutting garden, and now I have plenty of room.
The ladder in the center is holding up my Bittersweet plant right now. We have a split rail fence to put up for it, but probably won't get to it until this fall now.

This is part of my other cutting garden. There's Blue Statice, Strawflower, Bells of Ireland, Gomphrena, tall Ageratum, and more Zinnias, plus some Basil I use in bouquets too.

And here's some other things that are blooming right now.

We have a few more days of cooler temps, then it's suppose to go back up to the mid 80's. Our Farmer's Market is located in a college town, and we've hired a gal who getting her masters to help us out one day a week. She comes on Wednesdays, and it's been a big help with getting the rest of our pathways around the veggies. We are starting to plant our fall Broccoli crop. So far we've only gotten 25 plants in, with 215 to. You can see why the help is needed. We're trying to get them all in with shade cloth and drip irrigation before the heat kicks in.

That's about all that is happening here.
Hope you all are doing well.

Happy Gardening!


carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Terry, those are the prettiest tomatoes I have ever seen! Makes me want some right now!
I love all of your bloomers and the iron sculpture is great! I would have had to buy that too. Maybe he will have more interesting sculptures in the coming weeks.
Good luck getting in the broccoli plants! I don't now how in the world you do all that you do!
Have a great week, my sweet friend!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Boy, everything looks wonderful, Terry! We are having the worst summer ever here...rainy and cool!
Well, actually COLD! a few mornings it was in the high 30's! IN JULY! My plants (flowers) aren't stressing with the heat, but they sure aren't doin that great this year. I noticed too, I don't have as many "pest" problems...( cuz it's cooler???)not many blooms tho either...i think that hard FREEZE we had late in the season effected them.
anyway, I so enjoy your posts and seeing your beautiful gardens. It's hard work, but the love of what you do sure shows!

Have a happy week,

Susannah said...

Gorgeous pictures! Oh, you have been working hard. Interesting read!


carrieshome said...

Where were you able to buy your Jacob Cline Basil? I can't find anyone who is selling it my area. I live in Tigard, Oregon, zone 8. I just discovered this variety of basil today and it is just beautiful! That is how I came across your blog...looking for this variety. Do you have a resource or nursery to suggest for seeds or plants?
Carrie Shank

carrieshome said...

P.S. I also have a blog. I just started it so I don't have many entries yet. I just posted one about my garden and I also just read your post about beets.
I just roasted beets for the first time a couple weeks ago! I was thinking about blogging my recipe. So in honor of you, that just might be my next blog!
Take Care,
Here is the link to my blog if you would like to check it out.