Developing fruits garden update

We have had lots of rain and lots of sunshine and the garden is growing by leaps and bounds.  All the plants are getting big, big big.  Everything is loaded with blossoms.  Like the tomatoes.

tomato blossomsI even found some developing fruits on the tomatoes that were trying to hide.

baby tomato fruitsSquash blossom buds.

Tiny zuchini blossomsTomatillo blossoms.

groundcherry flowersTiny ground cherries.

developing ground cherryIn the orchard things are looking good too.  This first year pear has developing pear fruits.  I would have been happy for this tree to pollinate the existing pear tree.

Crab apple babies.

baby crab applesAnd tint apples developing.

developing applesOn the flower front, these marigolds are just vibrant.

bright orange marigoldBright yellow pansies.

yellow pansies in potThe Shasta daisies that we planted at Daisies are starting to get bigger.

shasta daisy sproutsI started some lettuce seedlings to fill out the deck planters.  The deck rail planters are getting pretty decimated by the amount of salad that we have been eating.

lettuce seedlingsRemember the gooseberry bushes that our neighbors gave us about a month ago?  Me thinks they might actually be currants.  they are bright red and too small to be Gooseberries.

gooseberry or currant bushI can’t wait to start harvesting some of this tasty stuff.  I know that we are going to be lousy with produce around here real soon.

 

Early blooms and produce another garden update

The weather here has been great!  Hot days, rain every couple of days, the plants are loving it.  There are lots of early blooms on everything. I am almost ready to harvest my first pepper.  I have probably had my first pepper come due in June before, but never this early in the month.  This guy isn’t quite ready to harvest yet, but it will be within days.

huge hungarian pepper

Not only that, look how loaded the plant is with more peppers.

pepper abundane

I am seeing a lot of stuffed Hungarian peppers in my future and it looks tasty.

Also, look at all the blooms on the tomato plants!!!

tomato blossomsAnd teeny tiny buds on the eggplants.  They are such pretty flowers, they are worth growing even if you don’t eat eggplant.

eggplant_flower_buds

The hostas are also full of buds that are ready to open.  In the past they have always bloomed around the second week of July.

Hosta buds early blooms

My Gooseberry plants are loaded with fruit.  I am hoping to have enough to make some jam.

gooseberries loaded with fruit

I have also had a chance to do some rearranging and redesign.  Remember how I am trying to create some lower maintenance in the gardens?  I planted some green and white hostas in concentric rings underneath the apple tree at the end of this garden.  They radiate out in a tight pattern from the apple tree’s trunk.  They look pretty sad right now and the pattern is hard to see, but I think it will look really cool next spring when they all fill in.  I’m going for a hosta ground cover that will help to keep the weeds down.  Fingers crossed.

hostas_formationLast, but no least, the kids are loving all the visitors that have been showing up in the gardens.  Here is this little guy that we found a few days ago.  the stump of an overgrown evergreen that I hacked apart is a nice place to hide and probably a great place to catch a buggy meal.

garden toad