May 22, 2011
other peoples' gardens...
We had a nice time last night, in spite of the dire end of the world predictions. We headed to "the other side" of the water for a get together with some other gardeners from our meetup.com group. It's so nice having some face to face social conversation and shared interests in this age where people sometimes only "meet" on Facebook! The drive was lovely, couldn't have asked for better weather, it was about 80,no humidity & sunny.
heheehee, the bridge tunnel under the Chesapeake Bay struck me as funny today, since where else would you want to be during a world wide earthquake prediction, LOL....
I was trying not to look at the clock reading near 6 pm and start laughing...
Finn getting excited about???
The folks headed the other way, not so lucky, the traffic headed south was at the usual standstill, and I might add had completely cleared up by the time we headed back later in the evening.
Then it was time to relax! M's house sits right on a nice salt marsh type environment, very peaceful, yet right in the city. Here's part of our group below:
They had set out supplies to make rain barrels and were ready to provide instruction, they have several already in use, 5 or 6 I think!
The food that shows up is always fresh and yummy from the garden, with the usual random bag of excess produce to pawn off on someone, - wait until zucchini season!
I love, LOVE just seeing and being able to walk through others' gardens. I think it's the gardener's equivalent of rifling through someone's medicine chest :) There is always something new to learn, a new way of trellising, new varieties, etc. It's amazing also to see how certain things grow differently. We are only about 35-40 mins apart yet she has things flourishing that I don't have success with, and vice versa.
I thought this was really cool...
I have never seen a carrot flower! She is planning on saving seed so this was a rare opportunity to see it up close.
M is also the only person I know personally that is actually doing it - gardening in her front yard in the city! It looks fantastic, and I bet she gets lots of people that slow down to look on their evening walks, I know I would! Heck, I'd probably knock on the door and introduce myself if I didn't know them already - gardeners are usually a pretty friendly sort and I don't think they would shoo me off :) !
After good conversation, good weather, good food and a garden tour, I came home refreshed and woke up at 5:45 am today to tackle the peas, over 3 lbs today, but I think it's about over, I didn't notice any new blossoms and temps should hit 90 by midweek.
Then my garden laughed at me and my renewed vigor and said -
"oh, yeah?" Well..."just look at this! Let's see how tough you are now!"
(enlarge for full on aphid action depicting all life stages LOL...)
I'm guessing the below is a whitefly? That's a new one here.
Time for the kids to mix up some Dr. Bronners soap in their Super Soakers! Let the games begin...
*note to any local readers I might have: our group would love to have you join us! There are plenty of online q&a forums, but if you have a desire to meet up with other gardeners face to face for learning or social time, check us out! There is a link at the very bottom of my right hand sidebar that will take you to our site.