Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
-Kelloggs Breakfast (1)
-Orange Blossom (1)
-San Marzano (2)
-Bonito Oja (2)
-Master Caruso (3)
-Chocolate Cherry (1)
-Yellow Pear (5)
-Yellow Grape (12)
-Sweet Million (39)
-Mystery "Delicious" Orange (2)
-Mystery"Delicious"Dark Red (15)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
This was a display of "Pablano" Peppers and Eggplants. The colors together were beautiful.
We also saw Watermelon at the market for the first time this year. They were joined by many varieties of Cantaloupe.
It wouldn't be late Summer in Oregon without sweet corn. Pictured above is an artfully arranged display. We bought two ears here.
The new item for me this week was the first appearance of the year of fresh apples. There were from an orchard in Pleasant Hill and were "Ida Red" a variety I have never tried. They had samples to taste. It was a delicious combination of sweet with a touch of tart. So I had to buy one! One of the best parts of the morning was bumping into my friend Bev. She was running the Slow Food Booth. They are hosting a local foods meal soon and were gathering signatures in support of local , healthy foods in our schools. Great work Bev!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The last variety to set fruit was the "Buttercup". I was starting to get worried that I wouldn't get any this year and they are one of my favorites. But, I needed to remember I had to replace my two original plants early on with starts from the farmer's market. I think this set them back quite a bit and they are now just really starting to climb and spread. Of coarse, where does the vine choose to set the fruit -outside the fence, once again. It seems to be a theme here! I am not as concerned about the "Delicatas" outside the fence because I have so many. But these are my only two "Buttercups" so I think I might put temporary fencing over them to be sure that the deer don't eat them.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The second variety I tried was "Heavenly Blue". This is the variety most people think of when they think of morning glories. It has 3" blooms of vibrant blue with a white throat. Its vines commonly reach 8-10" in height. It will reliably bloom until frost.
The third variety I tried was "Flying Saucers", a "sister" to "Heavenly Blue" . My vines have a white background with blue streaks radiating from the center. I have also had mostly white blooms. Researching this variety, I have concluded that it is a unstable sport of "Heavenly Blue" and bloom patterns can vary on any single vine. "Flying Saucers" has large 5" blooms and the vine can reach 15'.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Tomatoes have arrived! This was a beautiful display of heirloom varieties. I am always impressed with ripe heirlooms in Oregon by August 1st. Mine aren't even close right now.
And in the flower department, nothing says Summer like a big bouquet of Sunflowers!