Friday, September 9, 2011

Creeping Charlie....

An update on our garden:  Let's just say it hasn't been as exciting as we wanted it to be.  Our tomato harvest this week was good, but now the hubs is convinced that our "organic" methods suck and we need to travel to that edge of town where you can get the good stuff.  (better living through chemistry!)  He's all for the fertilizers and chemicals and what not.  The stuff that apparently gives you steroid veggies in abundance.  (we shall see about all that next year, as I'm not in favor!)
We do however have some lovely "black beauty" eggplants growing along nicely.  I have a veggie stacker with goat cheese just waiting for this one!
Glorious color shining in the morning sun of Fall!  Oh how I love the changing of seasons!  Cool, crisp nights with the windows open~covers pulled night to your chin.
Oh, and sure we've had our random zucchini here and there.  I'm obsessed with picking them at just the right size!  Not too small, not too big.  We have some yellow ones too.  At the time of these photos, however, they had no action to photograph.
I ate squash blossoms at Bobby Flay's restaurant in Las Vegas many a moon ago.  They were delightful.  Stuffed with some delicious creamy mixture and deep fried.  (or something like that!)  That was a good long weekend trip with my BFF, Bern.  Lauren was almost two and this was my girls trip revisited.  Just me and her.  (and the largest size bottle of Grey Goose that money could buy!)  But I digress.
So here is the creeping Charlie gourd plant that self-planted itself right in front of the back entrance to the garage/basement.  When it first began it's journey we decided to let it go, thinking it might be a squash or zucchini.  If I would have tried to make this grow here it wouldn't have worked!!!
It's gourd central!  Now, I will note that last year we did plant gourds.  The compost area is back here as well so who knows how this happened.  But it's taken on a life if it's own now! 
The creeping Charlie gourd plant has crossed through the fence and buddied up with the fern plant and other decorative grasses growing along the side of the house  
There's a little guy right there!
Beautiful gourd blossom..
Despite all our garden efforts, these little guys take the prize!

by: Helen Hunt Jackson

The goldenrod is yellow;

The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes

Are curling in the sun;
In dusky pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow-nook;
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning

The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

1 comment:

  1. Don't you just love harvest season?! The gourds are so cute!