In the Garden Today

Post last updated: August 13th, 2018

Four white amaryllis with red stripes blooming at once on one stalk. I gotta save seeds from this. It would be nice to have more blooms with this color combination.

This is 2012’s first squash, Zephyr F1, compliments of a seed starting class with the Extension Agent.

I am providing this picture of your average tomato bloom. I put my grubby little hand behind it for perspective. You will agree that these blooms are average in size for a tomato, right? Okay, on to the next photo.

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Would you look at the SIZE of this Sweet Gold tomato bloom? The Wild Fred tomato looks like it’s going to have a large bloom, too. In all my years of off-and-on-again gardening, I have never seen tomato blooms of this size. To be frank, it boggles my mind. Both seeds came from the Extension Agent’s seed starting class in January. You reckon the Extension Agent is giving us mutant tomato seeds? It’s okay, of course, because the mutant plants are often the most fun.

Look at these sweet taters that weren’t supposed to grow because I have no luck with them. Maybe it’s because these came from South Carolina? You’ll recall that I said in the Veggie Garden Tour that if they did grow in this miniature version of a laundry hamper, a fight would break out. Well, honey, that fight done broke out. Some of the leaves are poking through the sides of the hamper like they gasping for breath. Doggone it, this forced me to find a plot of ground for them. I put them across the yard in the tater bed. To my surprise, one of the holes I dug featured a chicken-sized egg that oozed yolk when my trowel broke the shell. Let me tell you, I was glad I was alone when I found that egg. Had Poppie been around, or even Evie, both of whom question my intelligence, it would not have been good. Poppie would have turned away shaking his head. Evie would have asked, “Fool, did you think you could plant an egg and grow a chicken?” Then she would have added it to her repertoire of stories she tells about me, most of which are greatly exaggerated if not downright fabrications. I swear I did not plant an egg.

This is the asparagus that can’t be grown in Florida according to the University of Florida. One of my readers was the first to clue me into this fact. I might not be able to grow asparagus to eat but I can sure grow asparagus fern. This is how my asparagus looks three weeks after planting a dozen or so crowns. Another dozen of the seeds are coming up along the inside edges of the asparagus box. They are about 2 or 3 inches tall. I don’t really care if I don’t get edible asparagus. I didn’t want to eat ‘em, anyway, but this fern is delicate and pretty. Any idea what the bloom-like things are?

14 thoughts on “In the Garden Today”

    1. Hey Meta! I’ve already marked the stalk with a black twist tie so I’ll know which seed pod is from the white amaryllis. As long as you plant the seeds within 6 months of saving them, they are easy to grow. They come up looking like thick blades of grass.

  1. I’ve never seen a tomato blossom that big. I’m looking forward to seeing what the tomato looks like. Here in the North, we need to wait three years before we can harvest asparagus. Then at the end of the asparagus season, it creates the ferny stalks that you leave up until frost so the plant root gets fertilized. I have no idea how it works if Florida, lol.

    1. Mary @ GoingNative – you don’t have to wait on my updates altho I love having you stop by. At, they’ve got a photo. It’s huge with a quarter for perspective. Text says: “Dwarf Wild Fred is one of the 9 new dwarf tomato varieties released in 2011 by the Dwarf Tomato Project. The compact plants are just under 4 feet tall and are very good producers of purple/black, medium-to-large, beefsteak tomatoes.” In a way, I’m not crazy about that as that means its a hybrid from which I can’t save seed but I DO like the looks of the plants. They ARE compact and sturdy, not ranging all over the inside of my tomato cages. Not a word, tho, on that huge bloom.

  2. That is a great idea for starting Sweet Potatoes. I am still working on getting my Sweet Potatoes started. I’d better hurry and get them in the ground before it starts really heating up!

    1. Jay – It wasn’t my idea. I found it out there on the web. It worked great as a “starter bed” but to actually grow sweet potatoes, I would have had to spring for a normal sized laundry basket. Check out the May/June issue of Urban Farm. It’s got articles on vermiculture (worm bins), making your own rain barrel from a plastic garbage can (step by step) and stressing your tomatoes by withholding water. Apparently, the Italians watered their tomatoes with sea water which has the same stressor effect. I’m currently looking over your recommendation — Seed to Seed.

  3. Such pretty amaryllis! You are a bit ahead of me. My tomatoes haven’t started blooming yet. Interesting about the egg. There must be chickens around! It will probably be good for the soil, anyway! 🙂

    1. Mr. Beekeeper had chickens until late last summer or early fall. Somebody else in these woods might have chickens that I don’t know about. When I broke the shell, the egg did not stink like it had been there a long time unless the soil preserved it. We are FINALLY getting some rain today. Sorry to hear you are Donald Trumping some of your roses.

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