Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Old maids

Early in the spring, we had high hopes for our garden. The tomatoes launched out and the plants were full of flowers. Soon tiny green tomatoes came out almost overnight. The squash plants were not far behind. Our garden held promise.

The rain came. And it kept coming. Soon the roots were soggy. No plants can survive if the roots can't breathe.

After one storm swept through, all the tomato cages and sunflowers went down. The soil was too muddy to stand them back up. That was a turning point.

The last few days, the rain moved off to the east and the sun came back. The days were hot, less humid, and dry.

This morning, the plants looked as if they may recover somewhat. I have my fingers crossed that we get rain in moderation for the rest of the year.

The Old Maids, on the other hand, don't care if it rains or not. They thrive. But these plants are not hybrid. They were probably in the Garden of Eden.

I snapped a few pictures so I'd have something to write about.


  1. Last year you were praying for rain, this year you have too much rain, growing a few tomatoes is one thing, but it must be really hard being a farmer!

  2. Pretty things. We very, very rarely have enough rain - and I can't remember having too much. Other parts of Oz do, but not here. I hope that some at least of your plants recover.

  3. I'm always amazed at the resiliency of plants. I have found that we never get a steady flow of rain, it's mostly feast or famine and it affects the quality but at least we don't starve.

    I found that straw in the garden is good to retain moisture and keep the weeds out. This year I also tried landscape fabric and it has helped a lot.

    Your Old Maids are beautiful.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. What you call an old maid resembles what I call a Zinnia plant. Maybe they have no connection but both beautiful none the less. We have had a lot of rain here. Quack, quack.

  5. I'm not familiar with this flower, but it sure is lovely.

  6. Anonymous10:57 AM

    The first photo is beautiful!!

  7. Beautiful pictures Rick.

    It's been so dry here our tomatoes are a lot smaller than normal, if we could swap some of our dry for some of your rain maybe they all would be huge.


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