The freeze came, and the majority of the flowers are gone. Angel Trumpet, Morning Glory Tree, bougainvilla, hibisucs tops-all froze and look real bad. Petunias & pansies look fine. The zinnias and Mexican Sunflowers were pulled up yesterday, along with some of the vincas. The Tomato Plant looks real bad, too, even though I covered it. The outer 1/3 of the plant froze (I have 21 large, green tomatoes under newspaper to ripen.), and I left about 20 tomatoes on the plant because part of it still looks ok. How long does it take for them to ripen? Even though they are large, they are still very green.
I have never eaten fried green tomatoes-Never had them as a kid-I guess we never had any tomatoes left over! In fact, I had never heard of them until that movie came out! Luckily, I saw some recipes in the recipe section. Apparently, it isn't much different from fried okra, or squash or eggplant.
So! Now I have room to plant carrots and more radish. I need to plant some lettuce, too, but I will do that in a pot on the patio, so I don't have to go far to cut it. Expecting another freeze mid-week-so I didn't move anything back out, yet. Surprised at how I didn't have near as much to get in this year, except for bromelaids-got them durn things everywhere! There are a few things I need to get in the ground, too-so if we have a good weekend-that's on the menu!
Friday afternoon when I got home, I had an envelope from Witt with Sweet Anise seeds in it! A total surprise and a smile-Thank YOU! We have a wonderfully mild weekend-and I did manage to re-pot some plants before bringing inside,and planted some more radish, cause the first ones don't look too good! Carrots are next.
Both my football teams won again (OF course!) The bright spot in the weekend! We're having nice weather so far-Reminds me of a T-shirt I got at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville-"The weather is here-Wish you were beautiful!"
Oops!-Got a note from Bugnut-He's having problems again-may be back in the hospital. Keeping the prayers going!
Yesterday I met with 2 of my girlfriends I hadn't seen in a while for lunch. We used to do lunch once a week for the longest, but forces in our personal lives shifted us in differenct directions for quite a while. There was 6 of us girls who used to meet regularly after work for "cocktails & laughter". We'd get loud & obnoxious & man-bash (sometimes we'd love 'em and that scared them, too!) and the regulars in our bar named us the "Six Pack Girls"-shortened to the Six-Pack.
Mona's Dad & Mom both died this past summer within 2 months of each other-both from cancer. We got together to talk about things and stopped in our bar to have a drink yesterday evening. We had such a good time-laughing and gossiping. A few years ago 4 of us went to New Orleans and had a fantastic time-we have decided we need to do it again! So, we're in the planning stages-Maybe-we'll get to go during the Mardi-Gras season! Can't wait. I LOVE New Orleans!
I've been checking my tomatoes everyday-We've had some 40+ degree nights, which can stun them, but I have so many-I can't wait for that red one!
There is over 40 tomatoes on this one plant-from thumb nail size to good-eating size! Sure would be nice to have tomatoes for Thanksgiving (even if I'm NOT cooking!) I have eaten 3 heads of broccoli-I'm so healthy (lol)! The danged old radish are taking FOR ever to mature-did the same thing last year. I think I'll plant some in a pot, instead. More friable soil.
I am harvesting Purple Datura Seeds if anyone is interested. I have some for Witt-and some for Reba. I think I have someone else's name down, too. If you want some-pm me!
I'm going to have some Double Yellow Datura seeds, too-they're just puffing up.
Leaves are finally starting to turn a little here. Mostly they have just turned brown and fallen off. Not much color here, though we hardly have much in the way of 'fall color'. We got some 'cool' this weekend. High yesterday was only 60, and it was cloudy. We did get a little rain last night-but not much.
I finally pulled up the cucumber fence. I still have one plant growing, and it has about 4 small, curly cucumbers on it, but with some low's in the 40's for a few days, I think I'll have to take it out. I shoved my timbers for one of the 8 x 8 beds over about 2 feet to accomodate for growing trees blocking sunlight. This will be the 3rd time in 13 years I have moved it over. I have to spray round-up where there is grass, and then I'll pull the tarp over this bed until March when I am ready to plant again. I pulled up some done for zinnias, cut back a few of the cannas, and pulled up one bell pepper plant. Planted some more pansies and some amarylis bulbs I had in pots. Dont know what color they are, the tags in them faded.
I made a small harvest:
That fresh broccoli is soooo good-but why do all the heads come ripe at once! I have 3 more large heads to harvest in a couple of days, then it will be the little side shoots. Cabbage is coming along nicely. I should have fresh heads ready for New Year's. And My Tomatoes!! We're going to have some low's in the 40's for several nights and the tomatoes are not ready yet! I am so Impatient!:
I'm still making Jalapenoes, and I have one bell pepper plant with many little ones on it, but I am ready to pull them up, too. I'll probably wait for the frost to get them. The angel trumpet is blooming all of it's blooms now, though not as pretty as in past years. One large branch broke at the base when we had so much wind a few weeks ago, and it's blooming laying on the ground.
I have several things in mind to do during our warm spurts (back into the 70's later this week)-visualizing what vegetables to put where next spring. Horse manure to round up from a neighbor down the road-another lattice fence for vines to climb on-planting some shrubs-trimming some trees....Wow-sounds like a lot!
Every year on this date for the past few years I visit Orange Grove Cemetery here in Lake Charles & I have posted pictures. It is a beautiful place, full of old Lake Charles history, beautiful live oaks, and this year-782 flags on display.
That cloud form in the sky looks like an angel to me-flying about overhead on this sunny, balmy, 65 degree day
There is no way to take a picture of the whole thing. It makes you sad & proud. The breeze was whipping those flags just enough that if you closed your eyes, you could hear the sounds of "bombs bursting in air".
"The true soldier fights not because he hates whats in front of him, but because he loves what's behind him".
HUG A VET TODAY, and give thanks that there are those who are willing to put their life on the line for Freedom.
This fall has been a terribly hot, crispy one. Today, Nov. 1- IT IS RAINING!!!!!! Thank you, Lord! We have good chances of rain for about 2 days-Yay! Today, I am thankful for a lot of things-Life is one (duh!), RAIN & THE SAINTS WON!!! Now they're looking like a pro football team! I am thankful I can grow a garden any time of year:
That has vegetables in it that I like to eat and are good for me, too: Broccoli, cabbage & tomatoes! Flowers for the birds, butterflies & bees:
Isn't it great? Tomatoes for Me!
The Angel Trumpet is blooming:
And a patio to sit on to watch it all!
Hope you liked and may it rain or shine on you today! Either way-you're alive to feel it! (BTW-my neighbor with brain cancer has had his last chemo treatment & 3 more days of radiation & it's over! Yay for him!)