Jul 21

Today In My Garden

One of my plans when I first started blog­ging was to cre­ate an online jour­nal of what was going on in my gar­den. So let me tell you about my day…


Today I mar­veled at the per­fec­tion and beauty of my squash plants. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I am fully aware that they won’t stay this lovely. These per­fectly formed and perky leaves will start to wilt. The bugs will dis­cover them and chew tiny holes in them, some in lace-like pat­terns. Some leaves will wither and yel­low even as the squash starts arriv­ing by the bushel full.

But for now, I love these squash plants. They are per­fect. They are mam­moth. My hand can­not even reach from one side of the leaf to the other. Today, they rep­re­sent the poten­tial of abun­dance and are an orna­ment to my garden.

Today I also picked black­eyed peas. I have never grown them before, but a fam­ily friend gave me some seedlings she pur­chased at the local Amish mar­ket. Frankly, it was dur­ing the throes of spring plant­ing and I just plunked them in a con­ve­nient spot. They are, per­haps, a bit crowded. And at first I thought they would need some sort of trel­lis to climb. But they have done just fine here, shoot­ing up their long pods above the plants.


It was very sat­is­fy­ing pick­ing a whole bucket of these beans today. Tomor­row I will shell them and find some appro­pri­ate dish to high­light their fresh­ness. Secretly (okay, secret’s out), I am grate­ful that the men in my house do not like black­eyed peas. ALL MINE!

I also admired my pink bed today. When I planted the cock’s comb seedlings in the bed near the cone flow­ers I didn’t real­ize they would inter­min­gle so com­pan­ion­ably. But now I think I’ll do this again, since it’s a win­ning combination.


The cone flow­ers also make me smile because they are from a clump of flow­ers given to me by a friend about four years ago. I always think of her and her hus­band when I see them.

I also started har­vest­ing the seeds from my spent cilantro plants. These corian­der seeds will be a fine, fresh addi­tion to some dish. I’ll need to begin explor­ing recipes soon to take advan­tage of the new harvest.

So, aside from the water­ing and bush squish­ing, that was my gar­den today.

What was going on in your gar­den today?

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14 Responses to “Today In My Garden”

  1. Carol, May Dreams Gardens Says:

    I’ve got lots of green beans and cucum­bers and my squash plants are dying, but I did get some squash.

    I love that flower com­bi­na­tion. Might try that myself!

  2. Pam/Digging Says:

    Don’t you love those serendip­i­tous com­bi­na­tions? That one’s a winner.

  3. Kim Says:

    Love the combo — what is the flower with the cone­flower? I’d like to try some of those.

  4. Christine Says:

    AAAh­h­h­h­h­h­hhh, the joys of pre-bug squash plants. I planted six squash and six zuc­chini so that I might get a bit before the bugs killed each and every one.

  5. Heather's Garden Says:

    I’ve had the same strug­gle with my blog, but I’ve found I get a kick out of peo­ple read­ing it, but it’s not really my first goal. First and fore­most it’s a gar­den jour­nal for me, sec­ondly an out­let for sti­fled cre­ativ­ity through pho­tog­ra­phy, and lastly a source of com­mu­nity allow­ing me to reach out to other gar­den­ers for advice. I will admit that I’m a lit­tle shocked that there have been days when over 100 peo­ple found it inter­est­ing enough to stop by.

  6. Kate Says:

    Well, I’m sure our old gar­den is absolutely thriv­ing and I may go back to visit it this week and get some toma­toes and see if the corn is ready. The sad­dest thing about leav­ing our home in Mary­land was leav­ing the gar­den there. It was my husband’s refuge.

  7. Lisa in CA Says:

    Don’t ya just love when a plant­ing com­bi­na­tion comes together so beau­ti­fully! And I know just what you mean by lov­ing your squash plants–I kinda have a thing for mine too, LOL.

  8. Rick Says:

    I do not believe I have ever heard so many ode’s to the squash as I have read here.
    Long live the Squash!

  9. Terra Says:

    I joined Blogher just this minute, and yours is the first blog here I have vis­ited.
    I live in CA and can grow the same plants you do.
    My own blog is about gar­den­ing, my jour­ney as a Chris­t­ian writer, book reviews and occa­sional book give­aways, etc.
    Glad to meet you.

  10. Nancy Says:

    This is also my first time to blog..I just com­pleted the mas­ter gard­ner course in SC so I’m very excited about learn­ing more. Loved see­ing your pictures!

  11. Dee/reddirtramblings Says:

    We love your vir­tual fence. We will always chat over it, Girl. Your squash plants are lovely, and the cone­flow­ers mixed with the lia­tris is stunning.~~Dee

  12. Rhonda Says:

    I started my blog for the same rea­son, but it doesn’t seem to have turned out that way..LOL You squash is sim­ply lovely…pray the bugs stay away a bit longer.

  13. sky Says:

    wow at the squash! you are goin to have some mighty tasty din­ners soon!

  14. Stephanie Says:

    I love your blog! I have a lit­tle blog to record the goings on in my gar­den (and other hob­bies, as well), and even if nobody ever reads it, it is a great resource for me. I can look back and remem­ber all my pre­vi­ous gar­den­ing foibles since I’m a novice, and it helps me remem­ber what those plants were, where I put them, and I what I learned. I’m so glad there are more expe­ri­enced gar­den­ers like YOU blog­ging so I can learn from things other than my own mis­takes. :)
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..March­ing Back­wards =-.

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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