Archive for July, 2010

Scorching Sunday

Another heat advisory in effect till this evening. The only living thing enjoying the heat is the cactus:

Happy Cactus

Just read a blog post at My Tiny Plot reminding readers to feed their Tomato plants. I wonder, does Miracle Grow count as a feeding?


Celebrate Cucumber Season

Slice cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet onion. Add slices of mozzarella, drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with ground pepper.

Mix your favorite coctail, tonight’s flavor – Blue Martini

Mix equal parts gin, Blue Curacao, Cointreau and soda water in a shaker, pour into chilled martini glass, and garnish with a slice of cucumber.

What the Frak Is It?

Looks like Joy Behar before a botox treatment!

I suspect a fungus and will head out to the garden center for a remedy:

More Signs of Life in the Garden

First Big Boy Harvested - Many More to Come

The Big Boy tomato plants are heavy with fruit. I’m looking forward to many bowls of gazpacho and savory stuffed tomatoes.

More growth below the cut.

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New Plant: Madagascar Jasmine

Stephanotis floribunda

Picked up this Jasmine on sale at Longwood Garden. I will need to pot up the plant and add a trellis before bringing it indoors for the winter. The flowers smell heavenly, if only a picture could smell…

Behind the Scenes at Longwood Production Greenhouse

Ever wonder how Longwood Garden maintains its spectacular displays in the Conservatory and around the grounds?

Longwood Production Greenhouse

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to peek behind the scenes at Longwood Garden’s production greenhouses. The staff of Longwood offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses to small groups of visitors – no more than 20 per tour. ¬†You get a first hand look at how large gardens organize, sow and grow numerous varieties of plants destined for display.

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PHS Visitors To The Garden

PHS City Garden Contest

It was a pleasure to welcome to my home and garden judges from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). I appreciated their willingness to share their knowledge with a new gardener as they toured my small garden getaway.

Every summer, PHS conducts a city wide garden contest to recognize Philly residents who incorporate gardening into their urban lifestyle. I consider this contest as a way to continue William Penn’s vision of Philadelphia as a ‘Greene Country Towne.”

This was the first round of judging and I hope my little garden is found suitable for the second round of judging in August.

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