Now here’s the funny part.
I do not eat tomatoes. Never have and most likely, never will.
Don’t know why, but I am simply not a fan. But there is a huge tomato fan in my house and that is the driving force behind my wanting to pull off this seemingly easy task. My wife could live off of them and the fact that I have forced her to purchase them from local farmer’s markets is a joke.
But have no fear, that will be no longer be necessary …
This weekend, we harvested a bunch of the Isis Candy tomatoes and my wife’s reaction after the first bite was something like “these kick some serious ass”. Holla!
But there’s more … yes, more tomatoes. I’m like a real gardener or something.
Next we grabbed a Carolina Gold tomato off the vine:
And ba-bam, we have lunch for my lady:
Now I just need to learn how to make my own cheese and we can become completely self-sufficient. Ha, even I found that funny.
One of the coolest things a gardener can discover is a plant that pops up in a completely unexpected place. That happened weeks ago when I discovered this Phlox ‘David’ growing under an ornamental grass and now she has bloomed beautifully:
Clethra ‘Ruby Spice’ is in full bloom, smells fantastic and is a wonderland for the bees:
It has taken a few years to get to this point, but this deciduous shrub is finally taking a nice shape and good thing, as it sits right below where I grill on the deck:
My newly planted Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) has drawn in the butterflies, bees and the fast moving Hummingmoth so I spend most of my day hanging out there:
And finally, there are certain plants that go unnoticed as the season changes from spring to summer and my Cornus (Red Twig Dogwood) ‘Arctic Fire’ is a perfect example. This shrub shines in the fall/winter with its eye catching red stems, but I am digging how it looks now:
And there you have it.
Back to the grind and the work week, but at least I have tomatoes.