How Does My Garden Grow?


As of today, here’s what it looks like. At any given time in my garden, you’ll find plants in various stages from seedling to bloom to setting seed for next year.

Grandpa Ott morning glories climbing the boundary fence.
Grandpa Ott – the picture doesn’t do justice to the color, which is a deep royal purple.
Sweet Alyssum with Cactus Chrysanthemum Zinnia about to blossom.
Amish Pie Pumpkin. I misread the description on this. Seems a 35-pound pumpkin is “small” and they can be 60 to 85 pounds! Needless to say, it’s a lot bigger than I expected.
Amish Pie leaf and my hand.
Amish Pie Pumpkin blossom.
Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck winter squash, Connecticut Field pumpkin (much smaller than the Amish Pie even though planted on the same date) and Canada Crookneck winter squash. Radar the Batcat in the background supervising and keeping a wary eye out for little brother Max, who likes to pounce on his sibling.
The upper edge of that trellis is six feet tall; there’s a good three feet of bean vine above it. I’ll have to put some extensions on for next year’s crop.
Yellow storage onion blossom. These pretty white blossoms will produce seed in about 30 days.
Karan barley ready to harvest.
Oats ready to harvest for seed.
These are either Beurre d’ Roquencourt, a bush wax bean, or Henderson’s Black Valentine, a green black-seeded bush snap bean. Or they could be Roma II, a bush romano. There are variety labels buried in the thicket somewhere, but at the moment I can’t find them.
Cimarron Romaine lettuce about to go to seed.
Mung beans for winter bean sprouts in the foreground, with Dark Red Kidney, Henderson’s Black Valentine, Beurre D’ Rocquencourt and Roma II (not necessarily in that order) in the rest of the bed.
I collected the seeds for this hollyhock from plants in the little town where my husband goes hunting every fall. They’ve been next to that old store for at least 30 years and sat on the shelf for another four or five before I finally got them in the ground. Next year, these biennials should produce lots of single white flowers.
Home-grown ginger (for next year’s harvest) from a store-bought root.

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2 Responses to How Does My Garden Grow?

  1. Jennifer KRieger says:

    So many beans! You have the touch.
    I planted some regular old hollyhocks years ago. Evidently the seeds they produced have reverted to their original colors, because new plants pop up all over with a plethora of colors from white through pinks and striped pinks to a good burgundy.

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