i’m pretty sure that most of my garden is dying. when i got back from austin last weekend i really noticed it. although david took great care of everything while i was gone, the tomatoes had some really bad-looking underskirts. and my star eggplant was looking ve-ery sickly (though full of fruit still).
this guy had full, green leaves and about 30 flowers just before i left. ruh-ro.
sigh, what could i do? i thought possibly they didn’t get enough water when i was gone, but as the week wore on, i could see it didn’t have anything to do with watering. not that i have a clue what is wrong—i just don’t know.
on saturday the tomatoes looked like this
(i’m embarrassed to show you—really sir, we have been taking the best care of them that we know how!). anyway. the new growth at the tops of the plants still looked hopeful
see the flowers? see the new little plump tomatoes?
by the time i came in from working saturday i was chalking the brown parts up to damage from the hailstorm two weeks back and thinking we were on the road to recovery.
then i went out there today to collect produce
it’s not looking good, is it? the eggplant seem to be ok—that is, the problem seems to have stopped at one (possibly two) plants. i’m wondering if insects have tracked some sort of disease through the place or what. (ironically though, we have not had any more problems with insects eating away at leaves. huh; they probably know exactly what’s good and what’s a lost cause.)
whatever it could be, i think i need to think about where i’m going to buy the rest of the tomatoes i’d like to put up for winter. oh well; better luck next year i guess.
on the other hand, the greens bed gets more successful with each downward-spiraling step of the rest of the garden.
i’m thrilled with the bright, shiny, juicy leaves in this little patch. the center part that looks empty actually has new chard coming up. the greens i planted to fill in the asparagus bed are charging along as well
i’m pretty glad that i finally had a good year for greens—we’ve been eating salads and and appreciating them quite a bit.
so much so that i even planted more lettuce and yes, some spinach. i have to keep trying with the spinach; i just can’t let it alone for some reason. my new strategy is that i put one of the boxes david built around back in a spot that gets morning sun and then shade the rest of the day. it’s warm but not baking-hot. i planted the summer perfection spinach in it, which did ok in the garden and didn’t bolt. we’ll see.
the squash are sitting on the fence for the moment—they looked bad a week or so back, but then this week they started growing again and look ok now, at least at one end of the plant
and i’m still picking them regularly (though we are never overrun with them the way some people are)
pretty, right? i love to look at them when they are tiny . . . kinda like staring at a newborn baby.
so that’s my tale of woe . . . some of the garden is doing well and some may be down the toilet; i just have to wait and see. i was at beckie’s house the other night and her garden looks so good that i was immediately seized with envy (and i didn’t have my camera—drat). not ONE brown leaf on any of her tomatoes. and she has tons of huge fruit growing.
the worst part? she claims she just did what i said i was doing. arrrggh.
next year i’m gonna do everything she does, so i can have her garden. (what i really wish is that i had her garden this year, but i’m afraid that ship has sailed . . .)
well, at least i can find consolation in my knitting.
oh yes, there is knitting—this isn’t a garden blog.
i’m actually making good progress on all the knitting i can’t show you; setting up an incentive for myself really helped over the last couple of days.
unfortunately, i can’t show you. ugh.
but i do have to start a couple of new projects very soon that are bloggable.
this is a new colorway in her whisper merino lace yarn. (i don’t think it’s listed on the site yet)
back in the winter, i did a whole bunch of swatching for some little nothings and one particular swatch i knew i wanted to save for a shawl project. remember this?
it’s really hard to sit on something that i’m very excited about—my instinct is to drop everything and start that thing right away with no thought to the season or my other commitments. but i knew i wanted to work with a dark colorway (autumn) and lightweight lace yarn, and i knew my schedule wouldn’t have room for a while. so using it for an autumn shawl was a good plan. and now the time is here—yay.
i’ve been planning and imagining this one for a long time and i’m finally down to doing swatches. it requires some re-engineering for a better orientation, but i’m working through it. my plan has mostly been that this stitch would be beautiful as the shoulder and back for a faroese shawl, with a smaller leaf pattern falling down from it. sometimes i can totally see it around the hem too (the whole thing completely reversed). but i think i’ll go for the main interest at the shoulder after all—just seeing the swatch again today makes me like that plan best.
i’m still finalizing what stitches and edgings to put with it, but i’m close. i’ll show you what i have as soon as i knit a composition i can make public.
and won’t it be pretty in that dark brown-and-plum yarn? mmm yummy fall colors. i’m hoping against hope to have this on the needles by the weekend. we’re leaving town friday to go visit my mom and a shawl that is still small enough to carry along would be great to bring.
and yet, with all that going on and the secret things, i still feel a little naked without a scarf on the needles. it amazes me how quickly i’ve become addicted to those little nothings . . . i never even liked knitting scarves that much, but i love doing these. they are so light and easy to take along, or to work on whenever i have a few minutes, or whenever i need a rest from something hard.
so, i cast my eye about and it fell on this
oh my. there’s abby’s yarn—i think this is just the one to work with next.
so i wound it up and started looking through my books
i’m searching for just the right stitch—something that shows off the softness of the yarn and its buttery color, but not too foo-foo. something really classy and wearable.
speaking of classy and wearable, debby finished her morning glory stole and we blocked it at her house the other night. she arrived at class yesterday with it in tow. now, let me just preface this by telling you that debby is one of those natural stole wearers (unlike me)—she just knows how to throw it on, drape it just so without even a mirror, and walk away with it, if you know what i mean.
(she can probably apply lipstick without looking too. i betcha). just try to get her to stop moving around while you take her picture in it, though
we all applauded—this one has been some time in the making. it’s knit with briar rose grandma’s blessing, in a colorway close to 9014 or 9011. she won the yarn in the lanterne rouge contest we had way back at the end of the moth race of 2006.
it’s just terrific debby—congratulations!