Monday, August 8, 2011

Garden Flowers, a Pomegranate, and a Tomato

The children helped me dig the last of the potatoes today.  We all had so much fun, it was like a treasure hunt.  In celebration, I decided to make a garden post.  We have had a bountiful garden this year.  My mother helped me do most of the planting in early May.  She spent three months with us and did a lot of work in the garden.  Before my mother arrived the peas were almost ready to be picked and the potatoes, tomatoes, and basil were already in the ground.  Together Mom and I planted green beans, zucchini, lots and lots of cucumbers, eggplant, bieta (an Italian "green"), lettuce, and a healthy heap of flowers, including sunflowers, zinnias, and calendula. Everything has done amazingly well, except for the zucchini.  The zucchini looks pretty, has many flowers, but makes small shriveled zucchini.  It's a little embarrassing.  But, we've made up for it in cucumbers!
When I began sifting through the garden pictures it was not difficult to see what I really like to take pictures, tendrils, and insects!  I will start this set out with a picture of Mom in the early May version of the garden, and round things off with a picture my son took of me in the August version of the garden.  
Tonight we dine on boiled new potatoes with green beans, a little onion, and a just a lil' bacon!
Mom and the Garden in May
The Promise of Green Beans
Potato Flowers
Hummingbird Moth Enjoying the Zinnias
Eggplant Flower
The Beauty and the Beast
Cucumber Flower
Cucumbers in the Setting Sun
Friend of the Bees
Reaching for the Sky
Late Afternoon Sunflower
They Grow like Sunflowers in July. 
Mr. Tomato Head
Pomegranate After the Rain

Look how happy she is just thinking about eating all those wonderful Summer veggies!


  1. Fantastic photos. What is your tattoo of?

  2. Thanks! The tattoo is a slightly modified version of an Art Nouveau Arnica flower designed by Francois Gos. And even though Arnica is technically not a Daisy, it's in the same family and does look a lot like a Daisy.

  3. Daisy are my favorite flower. I just love 'em.

  4. I beg your pardon but the "Hummingbird" is a "macroglossa", a sort of strange butterfly.
    Best regards.

  5. Yes, you are correct, it is not a Hummingbird, however, it does have the common name of "Hummingbird Moth," probably because it looks a little like a hummingbird the way it hoovers when it feeds. I do enjoy scientific names, but I stuck with the common name here because I remain unsure of the exact Genus and Species, hence the title of the picture, "Hummingbird Moth Enjoying the Zinnias." It is a Moth rather than a hummingbird, or a butterfly for that matter.
    Happy to see someone looking at the details!
    Best regards.

  6. Daisey: I don't care what it's called, it's a great picture. You have a fantastic eye, and I always enjoy seeing your photos.

  7. Hi Daisey,
    You and your mom look completely natural in the garden. Beautiful pics. Thanks for the clarification on the hummingbird bug -- ha! that's what we've been calling the dang things. They adore lavender, btw. I haven't been able to capture one in an image, ever. Don't let anonymous commenters get to you -- there is a reason they remain anonymous ... just sayin'. My favorite in this series is the cucumber in the setting sun: it's magical!

  8. Gee thanks, Ivy :o)
    Dana, those little moths are so hard to catch! I have about 50 billion pictures from several different days and the one I posted was as good as it got.
    I really like the cucumber, too, really nice lighting.

  9. Looking good. It's my family didn't have time to tend our garden this summer.

  10. It takes a surprising amount of work to have a garden! I was fortunate to have my mother's help this Summer.

  11. What beautiful photos! Each one is a work of art! It looks like nature had its own bit of fun on Mr. Tomato Head, LOL. I like the moth too. I tried to describe one to someone a while back, and they hardly believed me! They're such odd but beautiful creatures, and the fact that they seem to come out right at dusk doesn't make it any easier to catch them on film.

    Just curious, how did you make the photo frames? You're inspiring me to work on my own blog again, and I love the way those look.

  12. Thanks Sandi! I have been using photoscape to edit my pictures and add the frame. It is a free photo editing software available to download. I have been using it for almost a year now and love it! Hope to see you blogging soon!