Late June Stuff – Tobacco & Adventurous Frog

Finally pulled up the over-wintered tobacco experiment — attracting whiteflies and takes too much space! On to the compost pile.A first: Froggy surprise in my tool bag! I often find frogs guarding the spinach & chard, sometimes 1 or 2 in a flower pot on the fern stand — they seem to return after being gone awhile. I love when they talk at night outside bedroom deck door…

Last Pepper Harvest: 5-6 pounds

Picked a peck (and a half) of peppers yesterday, the last of the 2017 crop. 5-6 Pounds.  There are still lemons on the Meyer, celery, lots of Swiss chard and spinach.  Time to clean up the pepper beds and plant for winter: beets, carrots, arugula, lettuce.  Experiment with Fall-planted Beefeater tomatoes:  they have blossoms on them, but not looking too robust.  Hopefully sunshine next couple of days will give ’em a boost!   Thanks for stopping by!

 

Mid-December Update

Picked a few lemons — many more to come. Prepping plenty of Peppers for freezing. Olives produced fruit this year, but may not quite push it out. Grapes also produced edibles at last! Greenhouse yielding lots of Swiss chard, spinach, peppers, arugula; need to replant, but waiting for the peppers to finish on the sunny south side. 7 Beefeater tomatoes 18” high and holding their own in these short days — a first-time winter experiment.Warmest Holiday Wishes to all Family & Friends!!

Blueberries, Garlic & Fried Green Tomatoes

Tasty combo, hey? Has a nice ring to it anyhow… Went blueberry picking this week at Valentine’s ranch with my friend Donna. We learned that a spring hailstorm had seriously damaged the berry blossoms, so the picking season would be curtailed. Nonetheless, I picked 12 lbs, Donna 17! Yesterday it was time to pull the Elephant Garlic and the “Big Beef” tomato plant in the greenhouse had to be relieved of some fruit. Fortunately I have a friend who loves fried green tomatoes; funny, it never occurred to me that green tomatoes aren’t generally available commercially — ya gotta know someone!

Surprise in our Berry Bramble

I was gathering greens + flowers today, adding to Mother’s Grocery delivery, and came across a Pacific tree frog in the blackberry bramble (our freezer berry supply). Not sure if it’s a thimbleberry or a salmonberry providing a perch, but FYI…their greens last a LONG time in flower arrangements. This frog IS little, maybe half-grown; there’s an ample supply of spiders, fly-bys and creepies to hunt here, but he/she also runs the risk of froggy-eating birds that may come along. Don’t miss Mother’s when you visit Bandon! For you cyclists out there, it’s a convenient spot to stock up, grab a meal in the deli, and just a few doors away is South Coast Bicycles.

=sigh= For freshness’ sake, I decided to postpone veggie delivery ’til next week — the roses a bit paltry too — but I thank our 14 y/o senior citizen, Orphan Annie, for posing (sort of) in the background.

 

Quirky year in the garden…

After a cool, wet Spring, peppers started from seed are FINALLY starting to thrive; 140+ plants, 25 varieties. I confess to purchasing a few, just to make sure SOME peppers come off before August!
Meanwhile, the 11 olive trees are fruiting like crazy — maybe they liked the cool, wet Spring?

Another “Cheetah”…

In January 2014, a stray(?) cat showed up that I named Cheetah Rivera — he was a shy, but frequent visitor and eventually disappeared. He let me pet him a few times, but he would never eat one bite. Not even People Tuna. His photos are filed under “Ghost Kitties” where he has lots of company in the photo gallery — the numerous strays we’ve trapped, altered, and placed in homes or barns. Some friendly, some not. Some grown, some kittens. Six* we added to our family.  January ’16 brought in a 15-pound ginger cat, Henry Huggins, now placed with a woman at local Assisted Living.  January 2017’s stray, a smaller version of Cheetah, goes by the name of Tinker — and sometimes Stinker, i.e. he’s not fully adult and acts like a teenager at times.  Very affectionate, playful and approachable — definitely a Keeper. ;o)   *So make that a 7: Sarah Palin, Shiloh, Olivia, Django Reinhardt, Marlene Dietrich, and Tinker.  Sadly, Sarah’s kitten Mohan disappeared after 18 months (as did Charlie Dickens, an adoptee from Polson, MT.)

A couple more Snow Pictures…

“Puddy” tracks to the front gate — probably Olivia’s, as territorial dispute with her brother Shiloh forces her across the street to “Lurkwood Forest”.Also David’s little Music Studio, originally a family reunion BBQ patio, later enclosed with fiberglass & Lexan, became a hot-tub house. I think it will make a perfect Japanese tea house some day. Our front yard is shaded most of the time year-round and would lend itself to a graveled Japanese garden.