|Zinnias and dill from the garden|
I’m trying out different names to describe this summer in future years. So far, the name that seems to fit the best is “The Summer it Rained A Lot”.
It seems like we have an hour of sunshine, and then it gets cloudy and rains for days. An hour of sunshine, then days of rain.
I’m sure it hasn’t been that much rain but it has been more than the normal amount.
Unless something changes, and the forecast for the next ten days seems to indicate it won’t change, this really is going to be “The Summer it Rained A Lot”.
My apologies to all those out west for whom this is most assuredly not “The Summer it Rained A Lot”.
All the rain is making my cucumber plants sulk and look puny and diseased, which is because they are puny and diseased. They don’t like all this rain. I’ve picked two little cucumbers so far.
On the other hand, the green beans seem to think all the rain is just great. I’ve picked two big messes of beans. You do remember a big bowl of fresh picked beans is called “a mess of beans”, right?
And there are more beans to pick. I’m going to have to freeze some beans to eat when it is cold and snowy and icy and we are all sitting around the fireplace telling stories of “The Summer it Rained A Lot”.
On the tomato front, the cherry tomatoes are slowly ripening. They take their time when it is raining it seems.
The other day, I picked the first big tomato. It was an orange one, ‘Chef’s Choice Orange F1’, from a plant I received from All-American Selections to grow in my garden.
|First big orange tomato ‘Chef’s Choice Orange F1’|
By my calculations, it ripened about three weeks earlier than I should have reasonably expected it to and this caused me some consternation. (Insert image of me with a sort of happy look on my face followed by a look with a furrowed brow while I thought about my dilemma in having the first big tomato be an orange variety.) Should I display the orange tomato on the satin pillow reserved for the first big ripe tomato of the season?
It was the first big tomato, no doubt. But it wasn’t a red tomato. I debated what to do and finally decided I would slice it and put it on an antique china dish that once belonged to my grandmother. And now I have a new tradition. I’ll display the first non-red big tomato of the season on grandma’s plate and I’ll continue to display the first red big tomato on the satin pillow.
But I won’t slice the red tomato first as that would get a tad bit messy.
For those wondering, I think it will be a few more weeks before any tomatoes turn red. After all, this is “The Summer it Rained A Lot”.
In other news, we did manage to string together a few sunny days last weekend, but we are back to rainy days again. That’s why this is “The Summer it Rained A Lot”.
How’s your summer going?
|The rain sure makes everything grow well.|