Thursday, August 1, 2019

Welcome August

Good Morning!

It is a clear morning and feels better than the past few days have.  We had some fairly strong storms yesterday afternoon and that helped break up some of the humidity and it lowered temps (70's when I got home from work!!).

Fletch and I were sitting on the patio enjoying a beverage before dinner (red wine for me; coffee for him), enjoying the view of the garden, listening to bird song and waiting for the hummingbird to appear (he did not).  We have a hibiscus plant at the edge of our garden and we both suddenly noticed that it was blooming!

The buds were not even visible the day before.  We don't do anything with this plant (never have) and it just keeps appearing year after year.  Always a gift.

Next to this gorgeous plant is one of our raised bed boxes.  This one is filled with:

 onions!  I think it's time these get pulled and hung up to dry.  They can't stay in the ground forever.  We have both white and red onions here and these are some of the largest we (that is the collective "we" - meaning Fletcher) have ever grown.

Towards the back of the garden is another raised bed.  Fletch did not plant anything in it this year, but thanks to composting (and birds) we have several volunteer plants:

There are at least 3 cantaloupes in there, a cherry tomato plant and a tomato plant that is producing fruit that is more the size of Campari tomatoes (which I LOVE).  Fletch picked a bunch last night.

Tonight's dinner will include both onions and tomatoes!

Joining Carole and friends for Three on Thursday.  Woo-Hoo to the weekend being in sight😄


  1. I'm a big fan of the Campari tomatoes, too. Love when a few volunteer plants show up. I've got some nicely placed sunflowers, thanks to our birdfeeder and some thrifty squirrels.

    That hibiscus is gorgeous. Lucky you!

  2. I love those "volunteer" plants - we always have a few every year! They make me smile!

  3. Your hibiscus is beautiful and there are more buds to open! You've grown a big crop of onions, and your volunteer bed is wonderful. Enjoy all those gifts from the universe!

  4. The local hibiscus are HUGE this year. I've never seen such big blooms.

  5. Love the hibiscus bloom - enjoy! What a lovely crop of onions. I had a garden behind my house for several years until I gave up the fight with the ever encroaching grass. I should have invested in raised beds.

  6. Hello, your hibiscus is pretty. I am sure the hummers love it too. Your volunteer plants are great. I love cantaloupe, tomatoes and onions. Wishing you a happy day and a great weekend ahead. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. I used your red onion in salad. It was delicious!!!

    Happy August ........ guess what we saw in the yard this morning?
    Fantastic Mr. Fox!

  8. Those onions look amazing!
    The humidity seems to have mellowed a bit here too. I took the boys outside around 7 last night and I needed a light sweater. It was so nice!

  9. That hibiscus is absolutely stunning! We don't have much humidity out here in the mountains, but the weather girl said today could be the hottest day of the year so far. I believe it. Our A/C came on at 11:00 and it's usually closer to 3 or 4 before it runs.
    Those onions look great. You'll be set for winter cooking with all of those.

  10. Onions and are all set! (And the wine!) That hibiscus really is gorgeous. We've one at work that throws the love once in a blue moon!

  11. your garden is lovely! I'm enjoying summer blossoms but sadly we did not do a vegetable garden this year and we should have done one!!

  12. Yeah, the weekend!! I love all of your volunteer produce!

  13. Yum to the fresh veggies--the hibiscus is a nice pop of tropical for you!

  14. Don't you love it when the compost produces veggies? Last year we had cantaloupe and tomatoes. This summer it's three cucumber plants and a couple of tomatoes. We so enjoy watching and waiting for our "free" vegetable harvest!

  15. Garden bounty is one of the best parts of summer. I am harvesting tomatoes and cucumbers. Your hibiscus is lovely.