Saturday, September 18, 2010

Late Summer In My Garden

In this my second season of growing a garden, I can't believe how many years of my life I was without one.  This time of year when everything is winding down, I still have a few more rows of potatoes to dig while I'm still out gathering ripened tomatoes. 

They always look so much better all scrubbed up.  The little ones are for Simon (our parrot).

And the larger ones I slice up for Henri's favorite snack. 

Home made potato chips fried up in extra virgin olive oil, with a little sea salt. 

This year I grew 3 type of tomatoes.  Some Roma tomatoes.   

Some yellow ones, which are one of my favorite. 

I also grew zucchini and some Japanese cucumbers.

I even made zucchini bread  (but it was attacked before I could get a picture of two perfect loaves fresh from the oven.) I'm finding even a small garden harvest is such a delight to behold.   


Here is one of the purple peppers that I grew from seed, still fresh with this morning's dew.  I have yet to pick it.

I also grew some zinnias from seed for the first time this year. 

They overlook our lobster traps and buoys in the distance. 

I grew them so I could have some cut flowers to play with inside, and the ones that get damaged I like to use as an impromptu garnish. 

Here's one more picture of the potatoes.  They are called Red Norlans. 

Actually, I just wanted to show you a close up of my lovely vintage scale that I found earlier this summer (you know, just in case you missed seeing it in the other picture I posted above.)


Piecefulafternoon said...

I did spot the vintage scale right away - I love it. What bounty from your garden. Nothing at all grew in my garden this year - even the radishes gave up and surrendered to the cold rainy summer. Just wait until next year.

We've had gardens from the size of a few pots of vegetables to almost half an acre (when we were younger) and much in between. I do love to harvest my own vegetables.

Yours look wonderful! Happy potato chips.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Beautiful, beautiful..., the vegis, flower AND the scale! And I love the idea of home made potato chips. I pretty much love potatoes in every shape and form.

Low Tide High Style said...

What is it with everyone posting such yummy wares on their blogs this I'm hungry and it's past my bedtime! ;-)

I love fresh veggies and yours look delicious! I have some zucchini just waiting to be turned in to bread, one of my favorites!

And of course I love the scale!

Kat :)

jojo said...

Our garden was a bust this year with the cool, rainy summer we had. Nary a tomato or potato survived!
Your bounty looks wonderful and I imagine it tastes delish! Love the zinnias, I may try them next year, I've been looking for a cutting flower...

Country Girl said...

I didn't miss the scale in the first photo and was about to comment on it. These are beautiful, Lili! I love your vegetables. Hey, has anyone ever told you that, "love your veggies, baybee."

You've done a great job. Purple peppers? Cool.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful bountry from your garden. And the zinias are beautiful also.

hometown girl said...

everything is so beautiful, what satisfaction from growing it yourself! i love those yellow tomatoes and the roma is among my favorite! i need to plant some cutting flowers for the summer!! just lovely and the scale is pretty great too!! susan

Turquoise Diaries said...

Looks like you have a wonderful vegetable and flower garden. Unfortunately I do not have a garden.( something on my wish list) Love your blog..

Teri said...

I am so wanting to get my veggie garden going. HOPEFULLY next spring I'll get a couple raised beds in so I can at least get started!

I evaluated my herb garden this year and decided it needed to move... right to where my day lilies are! So there's another project for spring! Argh!!!

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Lili, Look at you . . . wow! My Dad has a small victory garden and there's nothing like fresh vegetables, they taste so different from the ones at the market. Looks like you love to cook too. Like the scale. Enjoy your Sunday! Sandy:O)

jennyfreckles said...

Lovely colourful photos - it must be lovely to pick and eat your own produce. I did have a tablespoonful of peas from my little pot in my tiny backyard. I like your new width blog too.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh my gosh, it all looks so GOOD!

Thanks so much for your input on the paint color for the bench, I really do appreciate it!

Have a wonderful week!

seanymph said...

Tomatoes? You got tomatoes? lucky. All I have is plants lol

Carol Bass @ A Bird in Hand said...

Everything looks yummy!!

Privet and Holly said...

Yummy post, Lili,
from beginning to
end! And what a
wonderful wife to
fry up homemade chips
for your man : ) !!!
They sound so healthy
the way that you
describe them, too.
It's amazing what even
a modest little garden
can produce: usually,
too much for one family
and A LOT to share, which
is what I love the most.
Happy Monday!
xx Suzanne

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

i can't believe this is only your second season to grow a look like a pro!

jenn said...

Now I am craving home-made chips!

vicki said...

Beautiful beautiful photos Lili! So perfect for the bounty of fall! I love the yellow tomatos too - my favorite - and zuchinni bread - LOVE it!

Really - I did not know that Simon eats potatoes! Those potatoe chips look yummy.

And that vintage scale is just the most perfect photo prop ever - love it! You did a great job with your garden - lucky you and Henri - and Simon!


Anonymous said...

Great post, I am almost 100% in agreement with you