I’m very late with my letter this week, having just returned from a few days in Chicago. I had hoped to post something Monday evening after getting there, but I could not get a good Internet connection in my hotel room. Oh well, such is life.
Before I left, I checked the garden and picked all the squash that was ready to be picked and gave all the tomatoes a good once over to check for tomato hornworms.
I did notice this ‘Pink Ponderosa’ tomato with a just a tiny blush of color on it and thought it might be ready to pick when I got back.
And sure enough, it was.
As you can see it almost split in half on me, no doubt from the rain that I heard we got while I was gone.
The first big tomato of the season has a special taste, doesn’t it? I can tell you that this one did, and I thoroughly enjoyed eating every bite of it. It also reminded me of a post I wrote nearly four years ago about The Ritual of the First Tomato.
What should probably concern me about that post is that some people, including a few of my sisters, thought that I actually did all those rituals that I wrote about it.
Ah, yes, I am happy to be the family’s eccentric gardener, at your service! Maybe I do those rituals, maybe I don’t! A gardener never tells all her secrets…
Anyway, I should also have some sweet corn to pick in a few days, and there is still some squash and plenty of green beans to pick, and of course, lots of weeds to pull.
That should keep me busy for awhile as I patiently wait for the first eggplant, which just started to bloom late last week. I included a picture of the bloom above. Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables, especially when it is fried.
I hope your gardens are doing well through the heat of the summer.
Carpe hortus from your eccentric gardening friend,
P.S. Here’s how my garden looked last Sunday.
I think it looks a bit weedy and unkempt. I hope to fix it up this weekend, but think it is going to be hot again, so maybe not.