The Garden Thrives

I was in the garden last week getting some trumpet vine shoots out of the rosemary bush and saw a bird’s nest in there!  What a treat!  I never knew any young’uns were raised there.  They had a parent with nerves of steel, because nothing ever flew out when I brushed by on my way in.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a nest this close.

Both gardens—my own and Plot Against Hunger—are doing fairly well given the weird extremes of temperature and rainfall we’ve had.  In the large Plot garden, the blackberries are amazing and there has been—I continue to cross my fingers—very little bird feasting.  I will be taking several pints to the pantry on Monday.

These are some of the sweetest blackberries I’ve had.

My summer and winter squashes are doing well—with blossoms and tiny squash coming on.

This isn’t all of them–I have not taken the best photos of the garden lately.

The tomatoes seem to be thriving (they love the heat).

Three quite large tomatoes developing here, and some nice Italian pear tomatoes as well coming on. I’m visualizing some lovely salads and tasty pasta sauce.

The basil is doing well and the oregano is blooming (yes, I should have been trimming it, but…) and serving the bees.

I’m looking forward to getting melons from this—the Edisto Mystery melon, which along with my cucumbers, also seems to be spreading its shoots.

I’m hoping this melon is mysteriously good, but I will be ordering some covers for the fruits to keep away the critters.

Tuesday, I’ll be taking my new car on its first long road trip—all the way to Illinois to see my family—whom I’ve not seen for 18 months.  It’s good to be breaking out and going places and ditching the masks.  Still, I’ve been watching our brethren in the southern hemisphere, hoping things go well there, because what happens in their winter is likely to be predictive for us.

The car looks fierce and sturdy in this picture.

To end on a better note—I’m expecting zinnias soon, and currently have the crazy seed pods of Nigella damascenes to enjoy.

I love these things and am happy to see that bits of yarrow are holding their own among the Nigella.

Have a fabulous week!

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31 Responses to The Garden Thrives

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    Good to hear from you, Lisa! Everything looks great, especially the blackberries. I like the nest you found in the rosemary. They picked a protected and fragrant location! Weather extremes – it hit 107 here today. Better than the 113 degrees that was predicted.

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  2. Wonderful garden! Wonderful car! Wonderful blackberries! Things look marvellous!

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  3. SueW says:

    You continue to be so fruitful, I envy your green fingers. Happy New Car – travel safely!

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  4. TanGental says:

    I misread the title as Garden Thieves and was slightly disappointed to find it didn’t include tales of rough justice dispensed. But it was better to see it thriving, all things considerd

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  5. Good to see everything thriving – especially plump blackberries. Birds’ nests are so exciting. I am pleased you can make the trip, and hope all goes well

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  6. Your garden—and the nest—look fantastic. Bon voyage and have a wonderful visit with your family. Sobering words about the variants, but we must face the likelihood that’s what’s happening there will happen here. Sigh. Get out while you can!

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  7. I was like Geoff and read Thieves first. 🙂 I’m so happy things are thriving though. Mine almost disappeared yesterday and may today. They are talking 116 but I’m betting on 114. Everything shriveled yesterday and my daughter went out after soaking her hair and watered for me. I am unable to endure heat. I have to turn the hose on myself as well. We will do the same tonight. I’m delighted to see the nest too. Wow! Such a pretty new car. I just gave my car away. We still have my daughter’s car so all is well. Nothing like a good trip in a new car. Enjoy.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks so much, Marlene! I was out today doing some last tidying up before leaving tomorrow and–whew! I turned the hose on my feet and legs afterward. Luckily I was in sandals! It is beastly, but not nearly like what you’ve got–only in the 90s. Do take care and stay cool!

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Things are looking great in your garden, Lisa, obviously happy in the heat. Your blackberries look mouth-watering delicious and I’m amazed to see the Nigella pods already, but you are a couple months ahead of us. Mine just started blooming this week. A great self-sower, aren’t they?
    Nice new car and a road trip will be just the thing to break it in. I have family I haven’t seen in 18 mos. and they live not as far as the Midwest! I think we got used to staying home and liking it! 😉 Bon voyage!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks Eliza! I AM a homebody, but not as extreme as I have been for the past year and a half. Yes, when I look at your garden, I’m often thinking that it’s deja vu and lovely to revisit things. I do love those Nigella when they bloom. So much so that I’m willing to put in the effort to control them…

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  9. Sylvie Ge says:

    What a beautiful garden you have! And those blackberries! It is freezing here at the moment. I very much hope it is not bad news for you. 🙂

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  10. Robin says:

    Everything in the garden looks great. 🙂 Have a wonderful trip, Lisa. Stay safe, stay well. I’m keeping an eye on the variant, too. A friend in California (where things seem to happen first in this country) said they are being asked to wear masks again (no mandate — but she seems to think that might be coming). They have one of the highest rates of vaccination in the country so… if they’re being cautious, I think I will be, too.

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  11. shoreacres says:

    I’m so glad to hear about your road trip! Will someone be tending your garden while you’re gone? It’s certainly producing beautifully; those blackberries look scrumptious. Our tomatoes are about finished at this point, but we’ll have a fall crop once it cools down again. I didn’t have a clue about ‘lagomorphs,’ but rabbit and hare I know — I hope they pass you by.

    We’re in the midst of a rainy period just now, and perhaps even too much rain for the farmers. Still, flooding has been confined to the usual rivers and streets, and life goes on. It’s so good to be open again, and my sense is that it will continue. Between our high, two-dose vaccination rate and rapidly declining case rate, people are smiling again — sometimes, just for the pleasure of smiling.

    Safe travels — you’re on your way now, or maybe even there!

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  12. Looking pretty wild in the garden. Good growing Lisa. How nice to be planning a trip to see your family. Have a safe trip and fab visit. Will you be with them for a few days? They’ll be so happy to see you!

    Summer began here with an historical heat waves, temps like we’ve never seen before. It was all we could do to keep things watered. In Jasper, the Rocky Mountains, yesterday it was 39.4C or 102F ! One community in British Columbia had temperatures at 49C or 120F two days in a row, then yesterday the town burnt to the ground in a horrendous wildfire. Fingers crossed for things to go back to normal the rest of the summer. BTW, that’s a smart looking new car! Bravo.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      That is horrendous. I heard it was hot, but had not realized how bad it was. Just back from the trip today and glad to be home. Horrendous traffic on the way into Washington. I hope you stay relatively cool the rest of the summer.

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  13. Brenda says:

    Your garden looks wonderful and I guess you are on your road trip now. I hope you have a wonderful time and don’t face too much weeding when you get home! It’s good to see you posting again–I’ve been very neglectful of blog-reading but am slowly easing my way back in.

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