I have a lot of work to do in the garden this weekend. Finishing an arbor, lots of weeding, planting some fall crops, staining a fence... but it hasn't been all work. I have taken out some time to enjoy the fruits of previous labor, too. The blackberries keep disappearing before the camera can record them for posterity somehow, but here is a nice shot of my continuing crop of 'Ozark' everbearing strawberries:
I get a few strawberries every couple of days now... just enough to eat over yogurt and granola, if I'm patient, and otherwise good for some bursts of strawberry flavor in my mouth as I walk around thinking about all of my unfinished garden projects. And I am proud to report my first ripe tomato! This is a mild-flavored, old-fashioned pink 'Oxheart' tomato:
Some people are known to perform weird, cult-like ministrations before devouring their first tomato of the year. I, however, am a dedicated hedonist... so I enjoyed it straightaway after this picture was snapped, out of (an admittedly very dirty) hand and warmed by the sun. Yum.
Fresh garden foodstuffs aren't the only thing I've been drooling over this week, though. Ketzel Levine, NPR's gardening correspondent, has been posting pictures of Dan Hinckley's personal garden over at her blog, Talking Plants. (Yes, the same Dan Hinckley of Heronswood Garden/Nursery fame.) Judging from the pictures Ketzel posted, Dan's garden is as amazing as you would think it should be.
You can find her "teaser" post, with some pictures, here. And the full post, including a lovely shot of the amazingly beautiful 'Cherry Coke' dyckia, here. (Annie's Annuals calls this 'Cherry Cola' dyckia, in this frame from their Summer 08 Slideshow.) As I said in a comment I left on Talking Plants, pictures like these make me want to throw in my proverbial trowel... and also propels me to start revamping my garden in the hopes that it can rise to the challenge. Amazing stuff. :)