I decided to try to keep better track of my garden this season, especially the tomatoes. I have planted lots of “new to me” varieties, and I’d like to remember what does well. I’m really horrible at that; keeping track of the little plant markers and making notes. With that in mind, I’ve been watching everything closely and taking lots of photos.
Everything is different this season. We’ve had abundant rain and cooler temperatures than I can recall, in all my years of gardening. My plants are all loaded and some things are producing much earlier than they usually do, like peppers and tomatillos. I was excited to can my first two jars of Salsa Verde yesterday – with my own (and some Springdale Farm) tomatillos, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro. That’s a first for me, this magical alignment of ingredients from the garden.
I don’t remember ever enjoying my gardens quite this much before. The first thing I do every morning is walk up the street to take my dad’s paper in, then rush back home to spend time in my gardens. There is so much beauty in the gardens, and I feel like I’m seeing it all with new eyes now. You see, my sweet mom passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in January. She was beautiful, and I adored her, and then she was gone.
So, with thunderstorms, possible hail, and damaging wind being threatened, I spent extra time in my gardens this morning. Because, I know, in five minutes they could be gone, and there is nothing I could do to save them. And they are beautiful now, and fragile and totally out of my control. So, here are some of the photos I’ve taken of my garden, with some identifiers, because I’m trying to be better about that. I’m going to be different.