Saturday, August 30, 2008
Above, the Ildi are being harvested now. If the rest of the green ones make it to yellow, we have plenty more to eat. Thanks, Matron!
This tomato came from our Port Orchard Farmer's market outing (& geocaching flash mob experience). They are firm, mid-size tomatoes. I cannot remember which variety. At first, before they turned red, I thought they were mutant sungolds and was quite puzzled. Eventually, I had a fuzzy memory of buying a seedling somewhere!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Please visit Race 4 Ty to read more. Whether it is visits to the site, awareness of the disease, or fund donations, your support will make a difference to Ty and other young people living with this rare disease. Jennifer explains more about NPD here in her post Niemann-Pick Disease Awareness Month.
Her goal is to create an awareness of this disease by raising $10,000 for the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation to put toward funding a post-doctoral fellowship researching Niemann-Pick type C disease.
When I first moved to the northwest, I received a call from my dear great-aunt. She wanted me to contact her granddaughter who also lived in the area. That's when I first met Karen, Gene and their young son (at that time) Tim. Before long, Ty joined the family, too. Ahhh, the plays and quiddich games we've attended with this family! (I'll look for pictures to post from the one quiddich game we survived.)
Adventures and movie making where right up young Ty's alley. As a grade-schooler, though, a series of health issues eventually lead to the NPD diagnosis. The family adventures continue, but also a tireless quest for NPD research, supportive resources for families and doctors and a cure. And thus, an inspiration to be found in Ty, his family and the supporting community far and near.
Thank you, Jennifer, and all who read this, for furthering Ty's education and research mission.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
And the pumpkins have grown since the Aug. 4th post. There are four plants here, though it looks like two.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
The vegetables may not be so robust this year, but the (good) critters are going full force. Lots of bees and birds. Even three hummingbirds at once (not unusual for some of you). The Cascara trees are in fruit so the waxwings are here. Something about the tree is attracting the hummers, too. Perhaps some residual blossoms (the last photo on this posting).
The bees really like the blooming broccoli. And so do the hummers! Who knew. I was ready to pull them out as there are many other bee food sources. Guess they'll stay awhile.
Cascara tree fruit, below.
The other hummingbird attraction is the runner bean blossoms, below. They don't hesitate to complain if I'm in their way.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
The peas are the clump in front of the climber in the far back of the garden. I didn't try to keep them climbing up the climber, as I thought they were done, but I still have blossoms. They are Sugar Snap peas. They grow much taller than the peas I've grown in the past. They took longer to start producing, but have lasted longer also.
You cannot really see the beans growing up the back part of the climber. Several vines are close to the top and they've now starting blooming (but have lots of filling out to do still, see here).
The only encouragement in the pumpkin patch is that I can see growth from this photo on Saturday to today! But see this link for Aug. 2, 2007! Pumpkins are only second to Sunflowers in my book. Will they make it to orange?