Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
At 4:16 p.m., the temperature at the airport was 106 -- well over the record 100 from July 28, 2003, and the KVAL forecast of 103. The all-time highest temperature recorded in Eugene was 108, set in August 1981
The only thing left to do, when it's so hot the "Butercup" squash leaves are drooping, is to find a shady corner and and take a nap underneath the primroses.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
" Gloriosa Polyheaded" Sunflower bud, beginning to show color.
Immature truss of "Sweet Million" Cherry tomatoes.
A female bloom on a "Buttercup" Winter Squash plant.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
In the good news category, my lavender was quite full of bees. The vast majority were sweet old bumble bees, but I also had a few honey bees and a couple species I can not identify. I do think that the bumble bees are my favorite. I am very thankful we still have so many of the native bees around when many areas are experiencing a rapid decline in their pollinators.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Corvallis has a beautiful Farmer's Market. It is located down next to the Willamette River, on First street. The street is blocked off for the morning and the vendors are set-up on both sides of the street. It makes for an open, uncrowded feeling, even when it is quite busy. I was surprised by the number of vendors. They have every bit as many vendors as Eugene does, possible even a few more. We ended up making purchases at Willamette Valley Cheese Company, Denison Farm, Alpine Sourdough Bakery, and from a fisherman out of Newport.
The Fruit and Vegetables were abundant. Cherries were everywhere and tomatoes are really starting to come in to season.
I also enjoyed all the dogs at the Market. It was alot like being in Paris. It seemed like everyone who came to shop brought their dog. I really fell for a Burnese Moutain Dog female puppy who was being good as gold as her owner waited in line to make a purchase.
Thanks Kami for being our tour guide. It was wonderful to see you and to do some much needed catching-up!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I went to the Farmer's Market Saturday with every intention of buying a big 1-gallon replacement tomato. It was just a matter of finding a variety that interested me. Unfortunately, everything there was either too everyday for me, or something that I already had. Then I turned around to a booth I walk by every week, that specializes in pepper and eggplants. There's an idea! After much reading of tags and contemplation, I took home a "Gypsy" Pepper. And here's why. It is described as " a small red pepper with a very sweet flavor. They can be eaten raw, cooked, used for dipping or stuffing. The pepper turns from shades of green-orange to scarlet-orange when ripe. Somewhat similar to a Bell Pepper, but much sweeter. The walls are thinner, meaning they are easy to cut, clean, and cook. They also hold their vibrant color when cooked. An All-American winner. Tapered fruit 4 1/2" long by 2 12" wide. Harvest starts 65 days after setting out." How could I not buy it?! Now it is planted and settling in to its new home.
Today was also a milestone in the Winter Squash patch. I had my first blossom open. It was on one of the "Buttercup" plants, which are quickly taking over. The bloom was starting to close, but looked so pretty in the evening sunlight.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I hope that you all had a wonderful 4th of July. Mine was quite busy. Started the morning with a 4.2 mile road race. Then hit the farmer's market. New this week were berries ( boysenberries & raspberries), heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers. After all of that, I went home and had a nap! Later in the afternoon we went to Art & the Vineyard. Saw lots of great jewelry. Then we had dinner and grabbed a place on the lawn. We heard two different groups from the Bach Festival perform and then ended the night with fireworks.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Today is the hottest day of the year, so far. The temperature is 90 degrees and our wind of the last week has disappeared. As always, the creatures that know how to handle the heat the best are the cats. Cleo has found a beautiful spot of shade underneath the petunia basket.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So far 3 of the vines have wrapped on, and another 2 are trying. It has been so windy the last week that they are having a tough time. It will know be interesting to see how many days it takes for them to reach the top of the cage.
And in the front of the bed, the "Buttercup" Winter Squash are the first ones to have tipped over and begun crawling. The first tendrils have formed and baby blossoms atop immature squash are now visable.