Saturday, September 26, 2009

Finally able to snap a few photos of a couple of my furry friends who love all the 'hiding' places in the garden. Witchy-poo, who I have enjoyed for 12 years, is the black cat and the siamese kitten is Ying. My other cat, named 'Grey One', is just too bashful to have her picture taken.

Where have the hummingbirds gone?

You can certainly tell that fall has arrived in my garden, even if the temperatures are still in the 80s and 90s. I like to enjoy my morning coffee at 5:00 am and watch the hummingbirds dive-bomb each other and me as the morning sun peaks over the foothills. But this week the hummingbirds are all gone. And each morning I am greeted by the most beautiful clear night sky! My first thoughts are of Van Gogh's Starry Nights and then Don McClean's tune Starry Starry Night begins playing in my head. Not a bad way to start your day!

I have started looking at my garden with an eye towards all the wonderful projects I can plan over the winter for next year - new raised vegetable garden, a greenhouse, a new water feature, an arbor, etc. I think I will wait awhile before I share any of my ideas with my husband though. He might not like the idea of a greenhouse in place of his outdoor kitchen/BBQ he was planning.

I would like to enlist the help of my blogger friends in identifying the bird in the picture. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to identifying our feathered friends but this fellow is just too beautiful not to know what he is.

Thanks Kim and Victoria, our wonderful next door neighbors, for identifying this fellow as a Western Tanager!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Purple Cherokee Tomato

This is my first year to grow Purple Cherokee tomatoes. Most heirlooms I have tried in the past take so long to ripen I end up with fried green tomatoes instead of ripe tomatoes, but not so with these. They started ripening around the first of August and are still prolific. They are so sweet for a tomato. I made a sweet and sour tomato and onion salad that my family goobled-up in one meal. Definitely will plant a few next year.

A follower on Garden Stew suggested I try Giant Belgium tomatoes next year as well. I'm not familar with them but they are on my list for spring. If you have any information on them please let me know.

I planted a Pineapple heirloom tomato this year but I am disappointed. The plant had alot of blooms but only one tomato, which is still very green and hard. We still hopefully have another 4 or 5 weeks of decent weather so maybe it will ripen.

Mirablis jalapa - Ohhh what a wonderful fragance

Four o'clocks are one of my favorite late summer bloomers. I like the fact that late in the afternoon when my other flowers are looking tired they are beginning to open for the evening.