Dear Friends and Gardeners (week 18)

Dear Carol and Dee,

Once again, I am amazed: WEEK 18??? What the heck? July 5th? Where do the days go? Days, where do the weeks go?

Not a great deal to report from Ranch du Bois. Rasberries still producing in spite of high 80′s/90/s heat.

I cannot WAIT till the day I can write to you two and tell you I am in knee deep in tomatoes and getting sick of them. I find myself staring at the tomatoes, saying to them under my breath, “Grow, dammit!” I am one of those people would not be caught dead buying tomatoes from a grocery store. If I buy them, ever, they are locally grown and from a farm stand. We just don’t use sliced tomatoes out of season. So, it is with bated breath I wait for the warm ripe tomatoes from the garden. All I can think of is how good some Insalata Caprese would be right now. That’s the simple salad of sliced tomatoes, torn basil, and sliced fresh mozzerella. I have the fresh basil and some mozzerella on hand. Come ON tomatoes!

I pruned the apple espaliers yesterday. I filled up an entire garbage can with the branches. There aren’t a lot of apples, in fact, I was pretty darn disappointed. There might be a couple of dozen apples, and that’s the extent of it. I do know the dog has made off with the Granny Smiths from the bottom branches. I noticed some of the cottony mildew in the congested, areas – those places really needed to be cleaned up and opened up to the air and sunlight. I sent a boatload of earwigs scurrying. I hate those critters.

The dog has also helped himself to the low hanging fruit on my new fig tree. I’ve raised it up on a double stacked pot until I can figure out a stable, out of reach place for it. Bad dog.

True confessions: I counted yesterday, before I hid them from the prying eyes of my gardening friends, 21 small pots (4 inchers) of plants that need to go in the ground pronto. Let me put it this way, if they don’t get planted this week, I might as well kiss them goodbye. I am not going to do the math on this, but suffice it to say, if I blow it, I might as well light a match to a C note. Will I ever learn not to buy a plant if I don’t have a place for it?. Arrrrrgggggh. Its definitely akin to my fabric habit. I hoard fabric. There. Out in the open. Is there a 12 step program for plantaholics?

I am planning to spend the next few mornings in the garden taking advantage of the cooler temps. The afternoons will be for catching up on my writing about Idaho Gardens. Next weekend, a big treat for me: the Sawtooth Botanical Garden tour in central Idaho. My chance to be a tourist in OPGs. Other Peoples’ Gardens. I am so looking forward to it. I’ve also been on the prowl for gardens for the 2010 garden tour in Boise. Man, you get some strange looks when you start cruising the alleys, the same ones, again and again and again, trying to get a look inside the back fence.

Until next week, be cool.

Your pal,
MA

ps, I forgot to tell you, my Cueball squash bit the dust. Actually, the little darling was yanked out of the bed by its head and left to wither and die in the heat. We are not even gonna talk about who committed such an offense, just know it wasn’t me.

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7 Responses to Dear Friends and Gardeners (week 18)

  1. Cindy, MCOK says:

    A friend brought me some of her homegrown tomatoes this week, so I bought fresh mozzarella and made Insalata Caprese. Yum!

  2. Ah, well, I’ve let plants go before. I have two daylilies which need potting up this very minute. I think I’ll do it in the morning. I am feeling the same way about tomatoes. Dammit grow, ripen!

  3. Count me as one who is watching her tomatoes like a hawk. The first to ripen will be the cherry tomatoes. I can hardly wait! Grow, ripen, turn red already!

    I’m all caught up on planting everything I’ve purchased, including 18 daylilies that I bought on Friday. They are all planted out, labeled, mulched, and yesterday we had a long soaking rain to settle them in good. That’s not always the case with new plants, but what can I say, maybe I just haven’t bought as many as you this year?

    And I’m sorry to hear about the ‘Cue Ball’ squash and hope you have some seeds left over to plant some more!

  4. Time for some doggie aversion therapy? Toss a shake can anytime he approaches the fruiting plants. That might do the trick.
    I’m lucky that I can get plants in nursery pots through the summer to be planted in the fall. I’ve got quite a lot now, but not because I’m lazy or too busy. I discovered I need to rent a jackhammer to break up the concrete a foot below the surface before I can plant anything else.

  5. Victoria says:

    It’s too late, Mary Ann, now we all know you have 21 pots of plants that are in desperate need of being planted!!! Ha ha ha. Good luck with that.

    Mmmmmm……caprese salad sounds wonderful. Still waiting on our tomatoes.

  6. MA says:

    I soooooooo blew that Victoria!

  7. Nat Huck says:

    apple espaliers?! *jealous*

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