Heat, heat, heat!

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A couple of days in the high 80’s and my garden (and this gardener) are wilting in the sun!

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Not this bad, but my sugar snap peas are complaining, and the San Marzano tomatoes that are waiting for the space currently occupied by the sugar snap peas are complaining and my tomatoes in Walls of Water have outgrown their protection, which they no longer need. Gardener, get to work!

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Oyster barbecue

The oyster garden is being very productive and today I was ready for another recipe. Yes, it is dark, drizzly and cool 51* F, but I wanted barbecued oysters. So I was the crazy lady grilling in the rain, I admit it. They are so easy to cook on the grill and we enjoyed every one 🙂

Barbecued oysters

Barbecued oysters


The Oyster garden is very productive.
500 seed oysters. Pacific Triploid. May 24, 2013

500 seed oysters. Pacific Triploid.
May 24, 2013

Late Bloomers During a Welcome Dry Spell

The weather here in the Pacific Northwest USA never ceases to amaze me. Statistically, November is the rainiest month but we are currently in a very welcome dry period. Dry but rather cold at night (26* F so far in my garden.) I am amazed at the plants that are still healthy and blooming!
Camelias naturally bloom at this time of year, but it is still fun to share. Recently I moved the tiny chrysanthemum into the greenhouse. I thought Bacopa was an annual but it is still hanging on. The hardy fuchsias are the stars. I have only known the annual fuchsias in my previous gardens.

Oyster garden harvest begins

Harvest oysters during months that contain the letter “R”. We have heard this traditional advice over and over. It comes from the fact that oysters spawn between May and August and do not taste very good then. Our oysters are Pacific Triploids and we were told they do not spawn. Today Mike took a couple dozen out of their grow bags and brought them home for supper.

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Interlaken white grapes

In addition to the Concord grapes I have been sharing recently, our property also has three Interlaken white grape vines. I have been nurturing them along all summer but they are just not what I would call a pleasant tasting table grape. I have a feeling that the previous gardener must have been a winemaker. Too bad because that is not at all what we would do. They look pretty, but are not sweet. Maybe they are not totally ripe yet? It seems late in the season now, but I will just let them be.

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