Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cow Pea

Cow Pea Blossom with Luffa Vine

Cow Pea Pods - A LOT OF THEM

Cow Pea Pods Drying

Harvest - Jalapeno and Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Bouquet
I am fascinated by the Cow Pea plant. It is also called Black Eye Pea but they are really a bean. It's growing like crazy.

I have two cherry tomato plants and they are the sweetest cherries I've grown. They might be called a Grape Tomato but the seed packet said Cherry.

Last picture is a bouquet of the zinnias - they are so beautiful and I try to pick a bouquet each week. It's raining like crazy right now so I have to wait until tomorrow to pick.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016


Luffa! Well... Not yet. Just a blossom.

Did you know Luffa grows like a cucumber plant? It's a vine plant and gets yellow blossoms. The gourd or Luffa looks close to a large cucumber while developing. To create the sponge, you dry the large luffa completely. 

A few years ago I grew them but someone picked them before they had a chance to fully grow. Since they do look like large cucumbers, my guess was someone thought to help out. I did test one that was hidden under the leaves and after I pealed it, it did look fibrous like a sponge inside.

So - once the luffa is large, it needs to dry completely. My plan is to give luffa's out at Christmas.  We'll see.

It seems lately, I can't plan to well. My planning skills need some work. Each weekend I make a list of things to do or that need to be done. I sometimes get so sidetracked that a few weekends go by before I complete the list. I'm blaming it on the weather. All week was perfect summer weather.

I'll keep you posted on the Luffa. The plant is healthy and large so we shouldn't have any issues this year.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August Garden

Balcony Flowers - English Garden?
Cow Pea Blossom

Cow Pea Pod

Urban Garden - Zinnia's all around

Cherry Toms

Garlic Harvest


Blueberry Pie - Berries were a gift from my Neighbor

Black Brandiwine Toms

Green Pumpkin

Ready to Harvest!

Another Pumpkin hidden

Zinnia's hidden in the Pumpkin Patch
Some pictures of the garden and all that is growing right now. We've had enough rain that it is all flourishing!  It's a joy to stop by each morning and see the changes.

A picture of our balcony. It looks like a mini English Garden to me. Pink, white, purple and green. The humming birds come by each morning and make there rounds to each flower.

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